I'm as baffled as you are when it comes to the fervour surrounding the royal baby. I don't envy Kate Middleton. It seems every decision she makes becomes a statement.
But with the eyes of the world on her, there is no denying that many new mothers will be influenced by her choices. Women around the world will be looking to her when they make their own decisions regarding having a baby. I've noticed three decisions she has made which I think could make for happier mummies everywhere if we follow her example.
Independent Childbirth Education
Was the baby born in water? Did she choose an epidural? Who knows, who cares. It's really only Kate's business.
But we do know a couple of things from the facts. She was admitted to the hospital at about 7 am, little Prince George was born at 4.24pm and she was out of the hospital by 7.15pm the next day. This tells us two things, her labour was reasonably quick, particularly for an overdue and healthy 8 pound 6-ounce baby, and she did not have a caesarean.
I'm going to read a little more into this and suggest that we can credit Kate's interest in natural birth, hypnobirthing and her own mother (who is a midwife). I strongly feel that independent childbirth education goes a long way to a smooth labour. Kate's preparation would have had some influence on the healthy outcome and how radiant she looked the next day.
Beautiful Baby Belly
She left the hospital proudly sporting an empire waisted sundress. Kate would have known that this photo would be on the front cover of magazines all over the world. She used the opportunity to accentuate her beautiful curvy post-baby body. She made a statement for women everywhere that it is natural and beautiful to look like a mother.
Six Weeks Rest At Her Mum's House
After a quick visit to Kensington Palace, so baby George could meet his family, Kate's off to her mum's house for six weeks. What bliss!
I have heard it suggested her mum will teach her the ropes like bathing and nappy changing. I'd like to think, however, that Kate will be able to figure all that out pretty easily, and the six weeks will be spent on much more subtle and complex work. Her mother can manage the house, cook dinner, bring Kate a drink when she's breastfeeding and hold the baby so Kate can shower.
This leaves Kate with two very important jobs. Falling in love and learning to breastfeed. And with her family by her side, she has a much better chance of enjoying the journey.
Want to know more about the cultural significance of resting for six weeks after childbirth? Find out more here.