Firstly, as the inspiration for this blog post, I would like to congratulate Chloe Green (daughter of Philip Green and so-called “Top Shop heiress”) and Jeremy Meeks (“the hot felon”) who have welcomed their first child together, a boy, Jayden Meeks-Green. We hope you have a wonderful first few weeks and months together and that is what I want to talk about...
According to news reports, Chloe was keen to give birth on her yacht (with her doctor in attendance) and plans to spend the first few months adjusting to motherhood at sea because that is where she feels safe, relaxed and at home. Now this got me thinking - whilst Chloe’s choices would be out of the reach of the rest of us mere mortals, there is much to be said and indeed celebrated about Chloe’s approach. Isn’t it the wish of all new mothers (or parents in fact) to give birth and to spend the first few weeks (if not months) in a place where they feel relaxed and safe?
If one stops to think about this logically for a moment, her argument has some serious flaws unless of course she denies her children all the other trappings of material wealth such as living in a nice house (I presume they are not banished to a shed at the bottom of the garden, or perhaps something akin to student accommodation until they are earning their own money)?
My over-riding sensation was how very broken our culture must be for me to be seeing these headlines. What kind of culture do we live in where the RCM felt a need to tell midwives not to shame mothers? What kind of culture do we live in where the media are allowed to take one sentence from a large general document and turn it into a massive assault on both midwives and breastfeeding advocates, without any concern for them or the mothers who now feel pressured and didn't before?