Dannii Minogue, 39, who welcomed baby boy Ethan last summer, has revealed why she opted for a c-section and leaving behind her previously planned home birth. Despite having her heart set on giving birth at her Melbourne, Australia home, the singer/reality TV starlet was taken to hospital after 20 hours of “excruciating pain” to welcome her baby via Caesarean.
“Typically for me, nothing about he birth went according to plan,” explains Dannii in her upcoming memoirs “For a start, Ethan arrived ten days early, and then we discovered he wasn’t in the correct position for a smooth delivery.”
So, after twenty hours of excruciating labour, my plans for a home birth went out of the window and I ended up having Ethan in hospital… But several hours into my labour my initial serenity had evaporated. Because Ethan was in a posterior position, meaning his back was in line with my back and his arms and legs were moving freely across my tummy, I was in absolute agony.
“(The midwives) have since told me how brave I was during those long hours of labour,” continues the new mom. “But not having had a baby before I had no idea at the time whether it was bravery or delirium that saw me through… But when I held Ethan for the first time, the pain and worry melted away…. It was wonderful.”
Dannii and her rugby player boyfriend, Kris Smith, welcomed their first child together on July 5, 2010 at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne.