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Birth boundaries: Why Meghan Markle's private birth is a powerful message to fellow mamas

The moment she announced her pregnancy, the speculation about Meghan Markle's birth plan began. Would she deviate from recent royal tradition and ditch the Lindo Wing for a more private birth? Or would the Duchess of Sussex appear on the steps of St. Mary's with a fresh blowout, a newborn in her arms and heels on her feet?

On Thursday, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided "to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family."

A mother-to-be should be empowered and supported to make her own choices during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.

Just because Meghan Markle's sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband's late mother, Princess Diana, both made swift public appearances outside the hospital following the birth of each of their children doesn't mean that Meghan should. The Duchess of Sussex has always made it clear that she is a feminist, and nothing is more feminist than a mama doing what works best for her and her baby, even if that means...

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