(DAILY MAIL UK) – With its plush suites, an afternoon tea menu to rival that at The Ritz and Dom Perignon available on request, the Portland sounds like a luxury five-star hotel.
But women checking in for a few nights are not there to be pampered – they are there to give birth.
The Portland, Britain's only private maternity hospital and a place chosen by the Duchess of York, Victoria Beckham and Middle Eastern royals, is set to give the public a tantalising glimpse behind its doors.
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A new documentary reveals an institution that prides itself almost as much on its à la carte menu as its medicine, and where whole delivery suites are refurbished at vast expense for just a few days' stay.
It even boasts an obstetrician, Penelope Law, who is a countess. In an amusing twist on the "too posh to push" label sometimes applied to women who have caesareans, Dr Law is teasingly described by colleagues as "too posh to pull."