Midwife: New mothers need their rest, at least three days

Posted: 7:02 PM, Apr 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-24 20:02:31-04

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton recently gave birth to her third child . But what really has tongues wagging is the fact that the Princess was able to pose with her husband Prince William and newborn baby just hours after giving birth, but that's not necessarily realistic for all moms. 

New mom Melissa Young says she spent a few days in the hospital and couldn't imagine leaving the hospital a few hours after giving birth to her son Miles. 

"It's just really overwhelming emotionally," said Young,"Such a private moment for us so I was happy to have it that way."

The World Health Organization recommends women stay in the hospital at least 24 hours after birth and studies find Americans stay at least two days.

Combined data from WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the United States as one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in a developed nation. WHO found from 1990 and 2013, the ratio doubled from an estimated 12 to 28 maternal deaths per 100,000 births

Midwife Tricia Morrsey supports the princess' quick recovery but says there's no need to rush. She finds it's best for her patients to be in bed for a week, at least three to seven days. Moms will usually continue to bleed for several weeks postpartum so it's best to rest.  

One of the main comments about Middleton was her ability to wear heels and look amazing so soon after delivery. But it's fair to assume the royal family has an army of help for the new baby while she recovers at home.