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Royal baby: Midwife warns that people need to be 'realistic' about the arrival of the royal baby

PUBLISHED: 12:10 22 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:10 22 July 2013

Kate's last solo public engagement was on June 13, 2013. Picture: Chris Jackson- WPA Pool/Getty Images.

Kate's last solo public engagement was on June 13, 2013. Picture: Chris Jackson- WPA Pool/Getty Images.

The news that Kate has gone into labour has sparked a worldwide frenzy, but a midwife has warned that people need to be "realistic".

Trish Lyall, a senior midwife at the South London Healthcare Trust, said that the first stage of labour can last up to 12 hours.

She added: “People need to realise that she might not deliver today, it could be tomorrow.

“The first stage can be the longest and the hardest.”

In the first stage of labour, the woman’s cervix opens and prepares for the baby to be born.

By the end of this stage, the cervix will be fully dilated and open to about 10cm.

Trish has also given advice to the Duke of Cambridge about how to support Kate during the labour.

She said: “It is very difficult for men because they feel that they want to do something, but being there is the most important thing.

“Some women find it helpful to have someone to rub their back, particularly in the first stage of labour.”

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