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Kate Middleton is not in labor despite claims made via Twitter on June 11 which suggested otherwise.
Excited Twitter users jumped the gun in congratulating the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Thursday after it was claimed that she had in fact gone into labor.
"Kate Middleton said to be in labor after emergency helicopter lands at Kensington Palace (via @betvictor) #RoyalBaby," one Twitter user wrote.
Reports later revealed that a helicopter was spotted near the Duke and Duchess' home in Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace, which prompted the false alarm.
"We were called to two other incidents in the area. There's nothing else of significance relating to the royal birth," a spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service (LAS) told DigitalSpy.com.
Middleton, 31, who was due to give birth on June 11, and Prince William, 30, are yet to learn the sex of their unborn baby and the couple is understandably excited about welcoming the birth of a royal heir in coming days.
"[They] do not know and do not plan to find out the gender of the baby in advance," St James's Palace aides confirmed.
The Duchess is reportedly preparing to have a natural birth in the Lindo wing of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington. The exclusive maternity suite reportedly costs an estimated $7,000 for a one-night stay with normal delivery, according to the Daily Mirror U.K.
Middleton will reportedly take a deluxe suite that features two rooms. All rooms reportedly have satellite television, a telephone, wi-fi, radio, a safe and a fridge.
It is understood that William may still be on duty in North Wales where he works as a Search and Rescue pilot at RAF Valley on Anglesey when Middleton goes into labor. Subsequently Middleton may be surrounded by her mother, Carole, and sister, Pippa, when she gives birth.
"He will be working up until the birth and plans to take the two weeks paternity leave he is entitled to with the RAF," a source told the Mirror.
The Duchess is said to be considering hypnobirthing, which seeks to alleviate the pain of natural child birth. The unique birthing method, which is said to be popular amongst Hollywood stars, often reduces the need for an epidural.
"Kate's very excited about the idea of hypnobirth," a source told Now magazine. "She's exploring lots of options but thinks it sounds very interesting."