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The Portland Hospital is where the rich and famous go to give birth – but it’s not just babies they deliver.

The London hospital also offers a five-star hotel service where new mothers can sip on vintage champagne, feast on oysters… and leave the nappy changing and feeding duties to staff.

Celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Jools Oliver, Jemima Goldsmith and the Duchess of York all chose to give birth there.

A new BBC series takes a peek inside the UK’s most exclusive, not to mention expensive, maternity hospital.

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The Daily Mail looks at the luxury on offer – and the eye-watering price tags that go with it.

The Portland has 36 private rooms and suites available to the 1,600 women who give birth there every year, the cheapest of which is £1,200 ($2200 au) a night. The more luxurious rooms cost £1,800 ($3300 au) and feature a separate lounge area and en-suite bathroom. A handful of super-deluxe suites reserved for VIPs and royalty that cost upwards of £2,100 ($3900 au) per night.

As Portland Hospital CEO Janene Madden says: ‘It’s like having a holiday. After two to three days you leave fit and well. You only have to pick up Hello! magazine to see the patients we have here in the hospital.’

The cheapest of births at the Portland (natural and midwife-led) are unlikely to leave parents with much change from £10,000 ($18,500 au).

A consultant-led package, with planned C-section, costs in the region of £20,000 ($37, ooo au) depending on how many nights the mother chooses to stay afterwards, while CEO Janene says some patients spend £500,000.

‘Sometimes patients want a whole floor to themselves. They might want to refurbish and redecorate and it’s important for our brand that we meet those needs,’ she says.

There is fresh fruit, pancakes or a hot breakfast cooked to order.

New parents get one complimentary ‘celebration’ meal, with most opting for the opulent afternoon tea that comes with cucumber sandwiches, scones and luxury pastries. After that it’s a pay-as-you-go affair with five-star hotel prices to match.

Food is cooked by one of nine chefs, presented on silver platters and served to the patients silver-service style. The whole operation is headed up by Sonia, the head of catering, who was poached from the five-star Dorchester Hotel in London.

As hotel services manager Paul says: ‘We can get lobster, oysters, foie gras and Dom Perignon.’

Former NHS midwife Doreen says: ‘They are very demanding I must say, because of the money they spend. That’s their way of life, they have everything done for them. If they ask for the baby to be changed, they want it done there and then.’

She adds: ‘Sometimes you feel like a servant. One lady had a glass of water right next to her, but she called me to come and hand it to her.’

Some mothers even ask for their C-sections to be scheduled so that their babies can arrive on particular dates and times.

‘We’ve had patients want to deliver at 7pm on the seventh day of the seventh month for example,’ says CEO Janene, adding that this is only possible ‘if you’re lining up to deliver at that time anyway’.

Luxury nursery furniture, is on hand to kit out the nurseries for new arrivals.

The new parents can then transfer their sparkling new baby kit to a residence of their choice.

While a standard Moses basket from John Lewis costs £35, Dragons’ most-requested basket is £3,295, decorated with French Chantilly lace and silk crepe, stitched with hand-cut glass crystals.

Another popular item is the four-poster Little Duchess cot at £14,000. The cot is hand-carved from beech and draped with French silk and hand-quilted padding.

Mums are given a lavish goodie bag upon departure. The gifts include a bottle of Portland champagne, a stuffed toy panda called Portly Bear and luxury toiletries.

WOW! Just WOW! I am feeling a bit star struck and very lower class now.

Share your comments below.

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  • Geeze, I thought $8000 for privet which included obstetrian and other expenses was a lot but this just takes it to new level.

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  • Wow this is amazing.. Yes please lol

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  • crazy! waste of money. you don’t need all that.

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  • It would be lovely, but it doesn’t help you have a healthier baby.

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  • I am actually disgusted! Sipping champagne and eating oysters while someone else does nappy changes. Why did they have a baby in the first place?! And the glass of water was right next to one lady, but still she summoned a nurse to hand it to her?! You can have money without being a pig about it. This story sickens me

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  • Disgusting!! Every woman should have access to top quality maternity care, not just the rich!

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  • Some people have money and others dont. Many people with money give a lot of money and time to charities but it is unreasonable to think that they should not be allowed to spend some of their money on themselves. If I had money i would for sure order up some luxury.

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  • Wow to have the money to do this would be amazing

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  • Most of the Celebrities probably have Nannies who feed, change and bath the babies most of the time. That way the babies are shielded from the public arena more too.

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  • After having a c-section I wouldn’t mind to stay in the cheapest room they have just to have someone looking after me and my baby. This of corse if I had a lot of money in my bank account.

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  • Seriously! This seems so ridiculously selfish and unnecessary and such an utter waste when so many in our world suffer. The gulf between those that have and have not seems to be growing beyond belief

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  • It’s a lot of extravagance. I would not want alcohol giving birth! I think I would rather save it for a holiday when I haven’t just pushed a child out

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  • The world is so unbalanced. On the one hand there’s the Portland Hospital, and on the other there are women having children in the most horrific of circumstances. Wouldn’t it be nice if we were all treated equally.

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  • So much money to have a baby? Oh my! We talk of course about women with a completely different status, but I find it quite unbelievable.

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