The California hospital where Meghan Markle gave birth to a girl named Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday is a large charitable foundation founded in 1888 by a group of 50 women and serving 2,400 births a year.
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is proud of its all-female founders, a legacy that is likely to resonate with the Duchess of Sussex because of her interest in empowering women.
Located in downtown Santa Barbara, it’s one of the closest hospitals to their £ 11 million mansion in nearby Montecito, which is about a ten-minute drive away.
A natural birth costs £ 10,000 while a caesarean section costs £ 20,000. Lili is one of 2,400 babies born in the hospital last year.
A local source suggests that pop star Katy Perry, Meghan and Harry’s neighbor in Montecito, also had her baby Daisy there last August.
The prince recently announced that he is friends with Miss Perry’s husband, Orlando Bloom, the movie star.
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital prides itself on its all-female founders, a legacy that is likely to resonate with the Duchess of Sussex because of her interest in female empowerment
Harry said they’ll keep in touch via text messaging, so it’s possible that he and Meghan chose the hospital on their personal recommendation.
Built in the Spanish colonial style, it conveys more of a homely feeling than a hospital. Or maybe even a hotel.
Each room has WiFi, a video monitor and a computer keyboard. There is a menu for ordering food and room service, as well as a pantry so that women and their relatives can help themselves to snacks at any time.
In addition to a bed with lots of pillows for the expectant mother to feel comfortable, each delivery room also has a recliner, a rocking chair and a sofa.
These would help the worried father-to-be or other birth partners so that Harry could make himself comfortable too.
There are also outdoor patios for labor release and hot tubs for hydrotherapy.
Meghans and Harry’s son Archie, two, was born at the private Portland Hospital in central London.
The couple have always refused to confirm this, but it is on their birth certificate.
Cottage Hospital monitors 20,000 admissions annually and is operated by parent company Cottage Health.
It consists of a 519-bed acute teaching hospital and trauma center, the largest of its kind between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
According to the Cottage Health website, it opened on December 8, 1891, when Santa Barbara had fewer than 5,000 residents.
The broader group now includes branches in Goleta and Santa Ynez as well as a rehabilitation center that offers a comprehensive range of services.
According to the Cottage Health website, they are among the most efficiently managed in California.
Santa Barbara Hospital has a staff of approximately 600 medical professionals and has undergone a $ 700 million reconstruction plan to make it earthquake-proof.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby was born on Friday, June 4th at 11:40 a.m. She was born weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces and is said to have settled in at home.
She is the sister of two-year-old Archie and the Queen’s eleventh great-grandchild – the first of the monarch’s and Philip’s great-grandchildren, born since the Duke of Edinburgh’s death in April.
Since the Sussexes live in California, it is not known when or if Lilibet will meet the monarch and the other royals.
However, the Duke and Duchess may have given their daughter their names to help build bridges with the royal family after the couple made a series of bombing charges against the company.
Located in downtown Santa Barbara, it’s one of the closest hospitals to the couple’s £ 11 million mansion (pictured with Archie) in nearby Montecito, which is about a ten-minute drive away
In a thank you message from Meghan and Harry on their Archewell website, the Duke and Duchess said, “On June 4th we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter Lili.
“It is more than we could ever have imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we have felt from around the world. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family. ‘
In a statement by her press spokesman, “Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are delighted to welcome their daughter Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor to the world.
“Lili was born on Friday, June 4th at 11:40 am under the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.
She weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces. Mother and child are healthy and well and have settled in at home.
“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name Diana was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.
“This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two year old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
“The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”
This is the second child for the couple (pictured on an official visit to Sydney in 2018)