Co-host of channel Ten’s The Project Lisa Wilkinson spoke candidly about her motherhood experience on the show last night, explaining that it took her six months “to feel normal again” after the birth of her first child, Jake.
The panel had been discussing the incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst mothers who experience difficult births, with Amy Dawes, co-founder of the Australasian Birth Trauma Association.
As the interview came to a close, Wilkinson who is the mother of Jake, 23, Louis, 21 and Billi, 20 – shared details of how becoming a mother was a significant and overwhelming experience.
“There’s so much as a woman about giving birth that’s just a completely open book,” she said.
She described attending her first birth class with husband, Peter FitzSimons:
“I remember sitting in my very first birthing class, Pete and I, and the midwife said, ‘One in four of you will have a caesarean.’ I remember looking around and thinking, ‘Gee, I wonder who’ll have that?’” she recalled.
“And guess who had a caesarean, 26-hour labour, emergency caesar, knocked out with a general anaesthetic? It took me six months before I felt normal again.”
Co-host Waleed Aly asked Wilkinson asked her to further explain the sensation of not feeling “normal” after birth.