The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital in London to have her royal baby Monday — but Palm Beach County’s own St. Mary’s has a famous spot for celebrity births, too.
That would be the “Celine Dion Suite” — the posh pushing stage otherwise known as St. Mary’s Medical Center’s birthing suites, where Dion gave birth to twins in 2010.
“I would imagine that if they were visiting in Palm Beach County, say William was playing polo, that someone like her would want to be here,” says Lori Matich, administrative director of Women’s Services and NICU at Tenet Healthcare. “She would want to have her security on the other side of the suites, to be comfortable.”
The “Celine Dion” suite features a luxe room outfitted with flat screen TV, refrigerator, microwave and upscale decor, double doors leading to an adjoining room with similar features, a desk and a couch that folds into a queen-sized bed for mom’s partner, as well as amenities like a personal safe, concierge and room service, deluxe toiletries and a robe — “just like in a 5-star Palm Beach hotel,” Matich says.
In other words, it’s like The Breakers for birthing babies.
Open since September 2010, the Birthing Suites appeal to families who want a “posh” experience and are willing to pay for it — $300 per night, paid out of pocket and not covered by insurance.
And just like with anything else exclusive, getting in can be a little competitive, particularly with the diva-like unpredictability of most babies — they show up when they feel like it.
“There’s not a waiting list, per se, but we have reservation book. We pencil them in. If there is a known scheduled delivery, and the mother says ‘This is when I have my C-section,’ we won’t book anyone else” for that date, Matich says. “But sometimes they do get bumped from it, if they haven’t given birth by then and someone else needs it. We do give them all the amenities, like the products, though.”
So while the littlest Cambridge won’t be born here…there’s always the next one.