The Royal Baby
By the time we put this issue to bed the Royal Baby hadn't been born yet. Kate was always going to be the unwitting poster girl for all things pregnancy, labour and birth. By starting her journey and having her pregnancy news broken by her hospitalisation for Hyperemisis Gravidarum she helped to highlight this very awful and real condition that is a far cry from 'average' morning sickness. Her discussing her desire for a natural hypnobirth may have left many hopeful that somehow that will drop the c-section rate worldwide. Truth is almost all of us hope and pray and prepare for a natural birth: but it just doesn't happen for everyone. So what if the Royal Baby does come out the sunroof? Add to this the voices are now calling on Kate to breastfeed in public to put that cause top of minds. The poor child hasn't even been born yet. It must be pretty awful to have your bump be the focus of the world and your every parenting choice scrutinised. I feel for her. We all know the guilt we feel after we have our children: did the birth affect him, is he getting enough milk, should I consider formula, why is this so hard, why am I not natural at this motherhood thing? I'm not sure Kate will be allowed to indulge herself, sit in her jammies and cry over her sore nipples like the rest of us. But I guess that's what you sign up for when you marry a royal. We wish her well my hope for her is the same as for all of you- that your Royal Babies give you the nicest possible time and that you zen into motherhood with your tiaras intact.