Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds wants a home birth and it could even be in Downing Street – The Sun

BORIS Johnson could be calling a midwife to No10 with fiancée Carrie Symonds keen on a home birth.

Britain’s new First Lady, 31, is understood to be considering having their baby at the PM’s country retreats or even in Downing Street.

A source told The Sun: “Carrie has told Boris that a home birth is one thing she’s very keen on. She likes to do things her way.

“She has a few options where she could have their firstborn.

“It could mean Downing Street, Chequers or even Chevening, Kent.”

Just one in 50 women in England and Wales give birth at home, according to NHS statistics.

On Sunday night Boris, 55, said he was “absolutely delighted” that he is going to be a dad for the sixth time.

The tot is expected in late May or early June.

The couple also announced their engagement in Saturday’s double-whammy of good news — with Carrie posting an Instagram pic of Boris kissing her cheek.

The baby could have been conceived at the Queen’s country estate at Balmoral, where the couple stayed overnight in September.

Ex-PM Tony Blair and his wife Cherie conceived their fourth child Leo while staying in Balmoral in 1999.

Mr Johnson has four children with his estranged wife of 25 years Marina Wheeler, who he split from in 2018.

He has a fifth child from an affair with art consultant Helen Macintyre.

The PM and PR executive Carrie, a former Tory press chief, are expected to slip off aboard to marry once his divorce from Ms Wheeler is finalised.

The future Mr and Mrs Johnson made history as the first unmarried couple to officially live together in Downing Street when they moved in last year.

But they have rarely been seen publicly together, even on the election campaign trail.


On Sunday MPs from all parties continued to congratulate the happy couple.

Labour’s health chief Jonathan Ashworth sent his best wishes.

But the couple were also trolled on social media, with some saying the timing of the announcement was simply to bury bad news concerning Home Office resignations and coronavirus.

Columnist Sarah Vine, wife of Tory Minister Michael Gove, hit back: “Would like to remind everyone this is Carrie’s first baby, regardless of anything else. Let’s be kind to the pregnant lady.”

Boris could be the first PM to take shared parental leave after a 2015 law change gave dads rights to stay at home with a newborn.

The couple are entitled to split up to 50 weeks.

David Cameron took brief leave after daughter Florence was born in 2010.

Winston — in honour of Boris’s hero Sir Winston Churchill — is the 7/1 favourite name if the new No10 baby is a boy.

Charlotte heads the girls names at 8/1.

Carrie’s spokeswoman declined to comment on any home birth.

She'll be a great mum so be kind

IF Carrie Symonds is anything like me, she will have felt a tumult of emotions on finding out she was to be a mum for the first time.

I remember feeling shock, terror, excitement and joy all at once when I found out I was expecting.

In other words, was I ready to be a mother?

Like Carrie, I hadn’t done it the conventional way (house and marriage first). In fact, I’d only been with my partner for three months.

But, while the timing wasn’t ideal, I knew almost immediately that I wanted to keep the baby and fortunately my partner felt exactly the same way — and that was something to celebrate.

Nevertheless, being pregnant brings hormonal changes which can make you feel fragile and emotional.

I was a little nervous telling my close family and friends that we were expecting, but I was lucky enough to receive only kindness and support in return.

So my heart sank for Carrie when she revealed her happy news to the world only to be shot down on social media.

Just because you are in the public eye it doesn’t mean it’s okay for others to post hate-filled vitriol online.

It’s been just two weeks since the tragic suicide of Love Island presenter Caroline Flack.

Yet the same people who were championing the #bekind movement are now trolling Carrie.

So Carrie, if you’re reading this, congratulations.

There’s no doubt in my mind that you’ll make a great mother and show your child the kindness and compassion which is so lacking on social media.

Nothing will beat the moment you hold your little one in your arms for the first time. Good luck and enjoy.

  • By Georgette Culley, Sun writer and new mum to baby Jude

Bojo's other five children

Lara Lettice, 26

Milo Arthur, 24

Cassia Peaches, 22

Theodore Apollo, 20

Stephanie, born 2009

He's PM father No4

BORIS will be the fourth PM in 170 years to have a baby while in office.

Tory David Cameron’s wife Sam gave birth to Florence while on holiday in Cornwall in 2010.

Cherie Blair, wife of Labour PM Tony, had son Leo at a London Hospital in May 2000.

In his 1846-52 term, Whig John Russell and second wife Frances had sons George and Francis.

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