William and Kate’s third child emerged from a London hospital yesterday just seven hours after he was born. Mom’s hair and makeup were perfect, the dress was lovely, and Kate was walking with ease.
Thinking back on the births of my three children approximately thirty years ago, I see the changes in hospital births. During those earlier days, no one other than the hospital staff, Dad, and me were permitted to hold any of my newborns, and when fathers held their children, they were attired in hospital scrubs just like the nurses. Today, it seems as if anyone is allowed to hold those new tiny little bundles of joy—no hospital gowns required!
None of you spent the night with me in my hospital room. In fact, the only opinion anyone cared to ask of me was whether or not I wanted my babies returned to me for a feeding or allowed to remain in the nursery and bottle-fed by one of the nurses. I opted to do the 2 am feedings myself, and then the babies were returned so that I had a little peace and quiet before the next feeding. Nowadays, as witnessed by the newest babies in our family, the nurseries seem to be a thing of the past, and the babies currently stay with Mom all night long.
When I gave birth to my children, I remained in the hospital for 2-3 nights, which gave me a bit of time for my body to adjust to the birth. I did not bring in my hairdresser and make-up artist, and I left in stretchy sweats and sneakers, not a lovely dresss and heals.
For Grandma, her hospital stay was at least a week! Now, as witnessed by the lightning quick exit of the newest prince from the hospital, new moms may not even stay in the hospital for a single night.
For the mother of a prince who lives in a palace with plenty of people to attend to all the needs of her growing family, this is not as difficult as it is for the rest of the world. Ah, to be a royal for a week or two!