The tight turn-around between delivering the yet unnamed Prince and walking out of hospital (dressed in red, with hair and makeup impeccable) was praised by many as inspiring.
But not by Meshel Laurie. The radio host had a very different opinion she shared on The Project on Tuesday after a segment on the birth where England was described as “in awe” of Kate for being back on her feet so quickly.
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“You know what I find troubling is all those young women saying, ‘Oh, it’s inspiring’. That’s not inspiring!” she said.
“You know what would be inspiring? If when they came into her room and said ‘Alright mate, up you get, hair and makeup, let’s get out there’ she said ‘Don’t be an idiot, get out! I’ve just had a baby!”
It was a response that received an applause from the audience – and no doubt many mums at home who can remember the feeling of utter exhaustion after giving birth.
Host Carrie Bickmore, however, suggested, “Maybe she doesn’t have that option.”
“She does have that option! Mate, what are they going to say?” Meshel insisted. “She needs to hold on to the sides of the bed and say ‘get out!'”
Carrie agreed that the 36-year-old shouldn’t have had to be out so soon, but was sympathetic towards the Duchess in comments she made after the segment.
“The expectation on that poor girl. It must suck,” she said. “Seven hours after you have a baby. I was a hot mess I would not have had the confidence to put a dress on.”
“She does it so, so effortlessly. And I hope she gets to go home and put on some PJs and be a mum and worry about all the royal stuff later.”
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In 2015, when the Duchess left hospital just ten hours after giving birth to Princess Charlotte, obstetricians hoped Aussie mums would not feel pressured to do the same.
Australian Medical Association Obstetrics and Gynaecology spokesman Gino Pecoraro told News Corp at the time that leaving so soon after giving birth can impact mum and baby’s welfare. And while in this case, Kate was no doubt going home to receive the best kind of after-care, the same can’t be said for everyday mums.
“There are some studies showing that early hospital discharge is one of the factors in breastfeeding not continuing long-term, and it has been linked to an increased risk of post-natal depression,” Pecoraro said.
Midwife Cath Curtin, however, told Mamamia that going home six hours after birth was perfectly fine.
“It is absolutely safe and so many women go home after six hours, we are talking a normal vaginal delivery with no complications.
“For a lot of women, it is better for them to be in their home environment in their own bed than staying in hospital.”