YES, when you have an un-medicated normal birth, you can feel normal the NEXT DAY!
She is being an example to all her players that birth is a normal event! When they have babies they will remember that.
It reminds me of the character O-lan in The Good Earth, who when she had her first baby, she squatted in the field, had the baby, strapped him on her back and kept working. Normal Birth allows a Mom to get on with her work!
The negative comments tended to be,
It wasn’t safe for her to be up a day after having a baby.
She was neglectful of her baby.
If you have a normal birth and recovery, you don’t have to be bedridden.
I don’t think she was neglecting her baby. She was gone for under a few hours. The baby was in good hands. I know that I took a 2 hour nap the day after my baby was born and DH took fine care of him. Is taking a nap neglectful? NO.
Personally, I am all about resting after my babies are born. It is like a 6 week, “Get of of Jail FREE” card. So I wouldn’t choose to go anywhere (except to my bed to nap) the day after birthing.
But good for this mom for doing what was best for her and her family. Who are we to judge?