U.S. Maternity Wards Were Eager For Prince’s Birth

Before Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby boy Monday across the Atlantic, nurses and expectant mothers in U.S. maternity rooms were dizzy anticipating the upcoming delivery.

“We’re all in a dither,” said Amy Richards, nurse manager of perinatal services at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y.

Buckingham Palace confirmed early Monday that the duchess had been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The little prince, now third in line for the British throne, was born at 4:24 p.m. British Summer Time — 11:24 a.m. EDT across the pond — and weighed 8.6 pounds.

Monday morning, eight women were also in labor at Crouse Hospital, where nurses planned to give the mother who delivered closest in time to Duchess Kate a congratulatory gift basket, Richards said.

Source: USA Today