Celebrity Moms: Who Had Natural Vs. C-Section Births?

Celebrity Moms: Who Had Natural Vs. C-Section Births?

There is a growing number of American women who are requesting delivery by elective cesarean section. Is this trend due in part to celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Britney Spears, Claudia Schiffer and Christina Aguilera?

The media has dubbed the movement ‘too posh to push,’ after Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper’s Spice Girl mama Victoria Beckham. The British beauty, like some of the other celebrity moms in question, claimed that her C-sections were under doctors’ orders. But were they simply trying to avoid abdominal stretching? Or the pain of natural childbirth?

Read below to see which celebrities went for a natural childbirth. Who had a C-section?

  • Who went for a natural birth?

Beyoncé
New parents Beyoncé, 30, and Jay-Z, 42, are “in heaven” with baby Blue! After their daughter arrived on January 7, The superstar couple released a statement, shattering rumors that the little girl was delivered via C-section.

Hello Hello Baby Blue!” they stated. “We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”

Gisele Bündchen
One of the most outspoken celebrity moms on natural birth is supermodel Gisele Bündchen. The Victoria’s Secret model gave birth to her first child Benjamin in December 2009 and has openly spoken about her drug-free and pain-free home water birth.

My delivery was in a bath tub, in water,” Gisele said. “I wanted to have a home birth. I wanted to be very aware and present during the birth… I didn’t want to be drugged up. So I did a lot of preparation, I did yoga and meditation, so I managed to have a very tranquil birth at home. It didn’t hurt in the slightest. The whole time my mind was focused in each contraction on the thought ‘my baby is closer to coming out.’”

A few weeks later the supermodel looked svelte on the cover of Vogue and spoke of her “empowered” birth experience.

I wanted to experience the transformation,” the model mom said. “It was the most amazing experience of my life, feeling him come through my body. And once he was born, I never felt so empowered as looking at him and thinking, Oh, my God, we did it together!”

The Brazilian beauty later wrote on her blog:

I am blessed to have been able to have a home birth surrounded by love, where I was able to feel safe,” she wrote. “It was a powerful experience. I never felt so vulnerable but so strong at the same time. It was amazing to experience my body become free to do what it was made to do by allowing my mind and my body to let go and be free to experience the changes taking place within… I was just there… focusing on my breathing and relaxing the best that I could… so present, to witness the biggest miracle in my life happen before my very own eyes. To give life to another being, what a gift!”

Earlier this month, Gisele added her voice to the Birth Around the World Project to help promote the humanization of birth.

I had the opportunity to experience the natural process of birth and it was one of the most life changing experiences for me and very very special!,” she said. “I believe it’s a woman’s right to make the decision about how she’s going to give birth to her child. And it’s also her right to have access to the information she needs so she can make that decision from a place of awareness, and not a place of fear.”

Evangeline Lilly
Lost star Evangeline Lilly welcomed son Kahekili Kali in May 2011 and shared her birth story.

I actually skipped the hospital … We decided to have the baby at home because we wanted it to be a natural birth, and it turns out that it was 30 hours of natural.”

Of that 30 hours, a full 8 were spent pushing!

Eight hours of pushing, that’s the part that men don’t understand.” the Canadian beauty added. “Women go, ‘Oh, dear, oh, dear God, eight hours of pushing?’ And the men are like, ‘Okay, eight hours of pushing. After about five hours of pushing, my midwife and my birthing assistant said, ‘You know, we have a few suggestions,’” she says. “And I was like, ‘Really? After five hours of pushing you have a few suggestions? You couldn’t have told me five minutes in?’”

Idina Menzel
Taye Diggs gushed about his wife Idina Menzel who opted for a natural labor, boasting that she used “no drugs. She is a warrior.”

I was holding her hands and cheering her on. I said I would look two times. I would look when the baby was crowning, and I wanted to look right when [son] Walker came out. And then when he came out, all of a sudden it was like my inner gangster came out. I was like, ‘Yeah baby, that’s what I’m talkin’ about, that’s my boy!’”

Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake’s documentary about home birth, The Business of Being Born, empowered women everywhere to have unmedicated births at home. She gave birth to her second son Owen, now 10, at home in a bathtub. She talked about her reasons for making the film.

“I wanted to make this movie after my two very different birth experiences with my children. I felt like I had an opportunity to explore and question birthing practices in this country and perhaps be an advocate for mothers’ rights and better maternity care.”

On the experience of birthing Owen at home, Ricki said:

After the birth of my sons, particularly my home birth with my second son, I thought I wanted to become a midwife. Then I looked at all the years of schooling and training that I would have to do and felt that the time could be better spent doing a documentary on the subject of birth.”

Michelle Alves
Model Michelle Alves and husband Guy Oseary – who is Madonna’s longtime manager – welcomed their third child on December 29, 2011 and opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the “beautiful” home birth of their son Levi.

The baby’s name is Levi,” Michelle told us. “He was born a little bit over 7 pounds on December 29th. It was a natural birth at home with a midwife, a nurse and a doula. It was such a beautiful experience! My mom, sister and, of course, my husband were also in the room.”

Jessica Alba
One of our favorite celebrity moms, Jessica Alba, said she didn’t scream at all while she birthed her first daughter Honor without any medical interventions:

I didn’t scream, it was really Zen. It was amazing. The labor was more like meditation. I did yoga breathing. I was focused.”

And her hubby Cash Warren could only marvel at his wife’s quiet strength when she gave birth. “She didn’t make a sound,” he said.

Kaitlyn Olson
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Kaitlin Olson and her costar hubby Rob McElenney welcomed their first child, son Axel Lee, in September 2010.

Kaitlin gave birth to their son in the comforts of their home just as her own mother welcomed her. The actress said she is “incredibly grateful to have access to Western medicine” but “[doesn’t] think that childbirth is a medical problem that needs intervention unless there is a complication.”

I decided on a home birth because I believe that as long as a pregnancy is normal and complication-free, your body knows what to do and does not need medical intervention. I think the key to having a baby naturally is being able to completely relax and get out of the way of your body’s ability to get the job done.”

She admitted, however, that her decision to give birth at home came with “a lot of mixed reactions.”

“Most of our friends have been very supportive because they know us well enough to know that we are the kind of people who do our research and make informed decisions,” she explained. “The people who panic and think we are crazy are the ones who haven’t done any research themselves.”

I don’t blame them though,” she added. “We aren’t really taught much about childbirth and labor in America. On TV and in movies, most of what you see on the subject are women screaming in pain and a lot of emergency c-sections. The fact of the matter is that countries whose standard is for women to deliver their babies at home with midwives have the lowest complication, intervention and infant fatality rates.”

Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Hart underwent “a lot of medical intervention” during the birth of her firstborn son Mason. She wanted a drug-free childbirth when it came time to deliver her second son Braydon in March 2008. The Sabrina star recalled her birth story:

I told my mom and my husband, don’t let me have [the drugs]. I kinda regret that one! But the thing is, the healing was so much faster. I didn’t have to get the drugs out of my system and was moving around a lot more. I labored at home for 9 hours and then went to the hospital for an hour and a half – two pushes and he was out. When you’re feeling all that, you want to get that out as soon as possible, so you really work. You’re like, ‘I’m gonna push really hard but I’m only doing it once.’”

In speaking with Celebrity Baby Scoop, the busy mom-of-two was asked if medical interventions are often overused during births.

I don’t think pregnancy or labor is easy in any capacity. I think it is unfortunate that people are opting to make birth a medical issue instead of a natural process but it is a very private choice and you will never hear me lecture someone on the difference. Now if someone wanted to know the ins and outs of how I did it, I will tell them about every minute and detail.”

Maria Bello
Maria Bello said she “can’t imagine giving birth in a sterile environment like a hospital,” and that’s one reason that she labored with son Jackson Blue, now 11, in her bed. The actress shared that during the “22 hours of labor,” she “had a midwife and a thunderstorm with nothing more than an aspirin.” Although there were “times where I wanted to say, ‘Get the ambulance — I’m done,’” Maria told herself she could get through it.

Pamela Anderson
Former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson gave birth to both of her sons – Brandon and Dylan – at home, with a midwife, without any drugs. The Canadian native talked about her water birth with talk show host Larry King:

I gave birth at home both times–natural–with a midwife, in water…with nothing. Not even Tylenol.”

Thandi Newton
Thandie Newton’s daughters Ripley and Nico were both born in a birthing pool. The Crash star talked about her medication/intervention-free births.

[It was] very challenging in the best way possible. Every fiber of your being is alive. It’s like you are conducting electricity, literally creating something. I’d like to give birth every year if I could, just for that experience.”

Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan has quickly become one of our favorite celebrity moms since the birth of her first child, Satyana, in March 2009. Celebrity Baby Scoop sat down with the How I Met Your Mother star – who is currently expecting her second child with husband Alexis Denisof – and asked about her drug-free homebirth:

Yes. I did use a midwife and a doula. We had the option of having a doctor there, but even he said you’ll only need me if you need to be transferred to the hospital–which thankfully, I did not need.”

Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik has really ‘blossomed’ into an amazing and outspoken mother! An advocate of attachment parenting, Mayim also empowers women to consider medication-free homebirths. The Big Bang Theory star and mother of two talked about her second son’s home birth, while her elder son watched.

Fred, yes, was born at home, and Miles was able to watch the whole thing from his high chair while eating granola. Fortunately it was a very fast labor because I think Miles would’ve been bored if it was longer than the hour and a half it was. He loves it, he still talks about it. It was something we talked about with our pediatrician, and believed very strongly in older siblings being present, and giving the choice. We gave him a choice before, we prepared him with videos about homebirth that our midwife prepared. Even during, I said, “If Miles wants to go the next room he can!” But he said, “No, I fine!” He got freaked out by the blood, but it was still nice.”

Nelly Furtado
Canadian songstress Nellie Furtado is a self-proclaimed “hippie mom” and has opened up about the birth of her daughter Nevis in September 2003. The mom-of-one – who has written/sang hits such as I’m like a Bird and Maneater – proudly said, “I had a home birth with midwives.”

Cindy Crawford
Model mom-of-two Cindy Crawford had both of her children – son Presley, now 12, and daughter Kaia, now 10 – at home with her husband Rande Gerber and three midwives on hand. She spoke of the home birth experience:

I didn’t tell anyone last time because a lot of people are against home birth and tell you horror stories. Even my husband said at first, ‘Why are we doing this?’” But she went on to say her home birth was ‘absolutely surreal.’”

Jennifer Connelly
One of the latest celebrities to join in the home birth craze is Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly. The 40-year-old actress and husband, fellow actor Paul Bettany, welcomed daughter Agnes Lark Bettany in their New York City home on May 31, 2011. Baby Agnes was born via planned home water birth in a birthing pool.

Everyone is healthy and doing well,” Jennifer’s rep said. “The family is very excited.”

Erykah Badu
R&B singer Erykah Badu has given birth to all three of her children – Seven Sirius, now 14, Puma Sabit, now 7, and Mars Merkaba, now 3 – at home. The ‘First Lady of Neo-Soul’ opened up about her home birthing experience:

I had all my children at home, naturally,” Erykah said. “First my son [Seven Sirius] was born at home in 1997, because that’s the natural environment, the old way. There’s not a lot of fuss and moving around. I had a very wise doula and midwives giving me the freedom to continue living my life. I didn’t have to uproot myself… Maybe to some it’s scary, but preparation is the whole key. When a mother has found out she’s going to have a baby, her whole life — her diet, her mood, her energy — should kind of prepare her. After she prepares herself, fear is never a part of it. I expected success and health, so I made sure I surrounded myself with it. By the time I had my third baby, childbirth seemed a very natural part of life to me.”

  • Who went for the C-section?

Tori Spelling
Reality TV star Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott welcomed their third child, daughter Hattie, in October 2011. After three C-sections, the Beverly Hills, 90210 told Celebrity Baby Scoop she’s “sad” she didn’t get to experience a natural birth.

I hate when people say, ‘C-section is so Hollywood.’ If I could’ve, I would’ve chosen a natural birth. That’s what I wanted to do. It does make me sad that I won’t be able to experience it because I’m the type of person that likes to experience everything – bad or good, pain or not, I want to experience it all. And let me just say that a C-section is no walk in the park! Everyone thinks it’s so ‘she-she.’ It’s major surgery and the recovery is much longer and harder and painful. So I definitely wouldn’t have chosen it if I had the opportunity.”

Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera gave birth to her first child, son Max, in January 2008. The Beautiful singer talked about her decision to go for an elective C-section.

I didn’t want any surprises. Honestly, I didn’t want any [vaginal] tearing. I had heard horror stories of women going in and having to have an emergency C-section [anyway]. The hardest part was deciding on his birthday. I wanted to leave it up to fate, but at the same time I was ready to be done early!”

Britney Spears
In 2005 prior to the birth of her first son, pop star Britney Spears told Elle magazine that she was spooked to give birth naturally because of her mother’s description of vaginal childbirth as being the most excruciating pain she had ever endured.

I have a feeling I’m going to have an operation. I don’t know why, but I hope so. My mom said giving birth was the most excruciating thing that she’s ever gone through in her life. So if a caesarean doesn’t happen, I’ll be like, ‘Epidural, please!’ Hopefully my athletic abilities will take over.”

Rumor has it she wanted to schedule her second C-section birth to coincide with Sean Preston’s birthday, but her then-husband Kevin Federline persuaded her to move the date forward. Sean’s birthday is September 14, 2005 and Jayden’s birthday is September 12, 2006.

Angelina Jolie
A-lister mama Angelina Jolie had a scheduled C-section with her first biological child, Shiloh, due to her breech presentation. The mother-of-six talked about the “fascinating” experience.

We were in this little hospital in Africa when Shi was born. I don’t think there was anybody else in the hospital. It was just a little cottage, the three of us. It ended up being the greatest thing. We had wonderful doctors and nurses. It was lovely, very personal, all three in this sweet room. We had an American doctor with us, who had met the Namibian doctors, and they worked in tandem because it was a C-section and my first and we didn’t know the country. He spent a few weeks with us. There was only one pediatrician in town, and one anesthesiologist, who had to come in for that — you have to plan it. I had a C-section and I found it fascinating. I didn’t find it a sacrifice and I didn’t find it a painful experience. I found it a fascinating miracle of what a body can do.”

Angelina’s now 3-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne were also born via C-section.

Victoria Beckham
The very woman who inspired the phrase “too posh to push,” Victoria Beckham, has had four scheduled C-sections. While she has publicly stated that they were medically necessary, others have speculated that Vickie is not only too posh to push, but she wanted to avoid abdominal stretching and the pain of natural childbirth.

While her hunky hubby David Beckham has said they’d love a fifth child, another pregnancy is likely not in the cards for the 37-year-old mother of four as doctors have warned that her body couldn’t handle a fifth C-section.

Claudia Schiffer
Former supermodel Claudia Schiffer and husband Matthew Vaughn welcomed their third child, daughter Cosima, in May 2010.

“Mother and child are both doing very well,” Claudia’s spokesperson said, and added that the baby was born via C-section at Portland Hospital in London.

Reportedly, this was the third C-section for the 41-year-old model who is also mom to son Caspar, 9, and daughter Celmentine, 7.

  • Who wanted a natural birth, but mother nature had other plans?

Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet said that when her daughter Mia was delivered via C-section in 2000 she was left feeling “like a complete failure.”

I’ve never talked about this. I’ve actually gone to great pains to cover it up. But Mia was an emergency C-section. I just said that I had a natural birth because I was so completely traumatized by the fact that I hadn’t given birth. I felt like a complete failure. My whole life, I’d been told I had great childbearing hips. There’s this thing amongst women in the world that if you can handle childbirth, you can handle anything. I had never handled childbirth, and I felt like, in some way that I couldn’t join that ‘powerful women’s club.’”

But the Academy Award-winning actress opted for the VBAC for her second child and had her “triumphant” birth:

So it was an amazing feeling having Joe naturally, vaginally. Fourteen hours with no drugs at all, but then I had to have an epidural because I was so tired. I honestly thought I’d never be able to do it. It was an incredible birth. It laid all the ghosts to rest. It was really triumphant.”

Camila Alves
Camila Alves labored at the hospital for 60 hours before her son Levi was finally delivered via C-section. Dad Matthew McConaughey famously recounted the birth story:

Contractions started kicking in. We had a 14-hour session, her and I did. I sat there with her, right between her legs. We got tribal on it, we danced to it! I was DJ-ing this Brazilian music. We were jamming! She was sweating. No painkiller, let’s go. She just clicked into that gear that only a woman has at a time like this. We’d been up for 40-something hours, and we went from dead tired to a really steadfast, ‘Let’s handle this… let’s stay in the rhythm. Don’t let the contraction be more than you.’ The doctor wanted to give her an epidural, and we said, “Give us a few more hours to keep rocking with this.’ I wasn’t speaking for Camila. She had the option of saying, ‘Give me an epidural, right now,’ whenever she wanted. This is where I learned – and no one tells you this – but having a baby is a bloody, pukey, sweaty, primeval thing! And I mean that as a beautiful thing. It is wild. But the vacuum didn’t work, and the doctor said, ‘C-section.’”

Kellie Martin
Life goes on! Kellie Martin was set on giving birth naturally and was disappointed that she had to be induced when her daughter Maggie didn’t want to come on her own.

I was induced, and I really, really wanted to have her naturally. No drugs, no nothing, because that’s what my mom did with me so I figured — you know — I’m as tough as my mother!

Maggie changed her mind after her water broke, but Kellie’s husband and her nurse helped her get through it.

We got a couple of hours into the real, good contractions and they broke my water… and once that happened, I said ‘Okay, no, no, no,no… can’t do it. Can’t do it! Drugs! Somebody help me…I have to have drugs.’ And my husband knew how important it was to me to have Maggie naturally so he just kept changing the subject, and my nurse kept changing the subject…She’d be like ‘Ooooh, look! It’s so beautiful outside!’ And I was like, ‘Seriously, no one is listening tome.’ And by that point I’d really forgotten that I needed the drugs,and it was time to push.”

Laila Ali
Laila Ali had planned on having an unmedicated home birth. The professional boxer ended up in the hospital and required pain relief and medical support during labor.

He is healthy, he is here, and even though everything didn’t go the way I would have liked it to have gone… that’s the way it was supposed to be,” Ali said.

It’s a hot topic for moms-to-be in Hollywood as well…

Marla Sokoloff
Actress and musician Marla Sokoloff is set to welcome her first child – a girl – at the end of this month. The mom-to-be talked to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her low-key birth plan and her hopes for a natural delivery.

My birth plan is simply getting her out safely! I’m not one of those pregnant women who have a 40-page birth plan ready to go. One of my best friends had it all planned out then wound up having an emergency C-section, so you really never know. I’m really trying to go with the flow the best I can in every capacity of pregnancy. Not to say I’m being flippant about the process – I’ve definitely thought about it and educated myself on labor and delivery. I trust my doctor 100% so that is also giving me the confidence to take this on without added anxiety.”

The mom-to-be went on about her doubts of a drug-free birth.

I plan on delivering in the hospital and would LOVE to tell you that it will be a drug free experience, but I don’t think that’s in the cards for me.”

What is your birth story? Natural? Planned C-section? Epidural? Home birth?

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  1. Anonymous

    Great story! Thank you

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  2. Anonymous

    Natural/non medicated. 27 hours. Ten pound 23 inch baby and Im super short and don’t have ‘birth hips’, to quote Mrs Winslet. :) I’d never heard of that till now.

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  3. Anonymous

    Victoria and some of the other celebrity moms choose c-sections to prevent vaginal stretching not abdominal stretching. Gotta keep those vaginas in tip top shape for their superstar husbands.

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    • Anonymous

      You don’t find it a little presumptuous on your part to say something like that. How in the world would YOU know anything about these women’s vaginas???

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  4. Anonymous

    Why do you have to break it down into natural vs drugs vs c-section?

    Mine was natural, too, for the first 55 hours in a 65 hour birth. I’m proud of the work I did but admit that delirious and fainting, I finally took the epidural. Best decision ever.

    HOWEVER, I do admit to getting a little tired of the whole “I chose natural” cheer. And the fact that some women FEEL BADLY after they need a c-section. It’s ridiculous.

    Have a healthy baby. And be proud – regardless of how it arrived.

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    • Lily

      Well said!

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    • Jillian

      It is so simple for someone who doesn’t understand. Having a natural birth meant something to me. That decision isn’t necessarily the right decision for everyone, and everyone doesn’t find the birth process so important. But for me, it was VERY important. When my son’s heart rate dropped and I had to be rushed for an emergency cesarean, it was devastating. I felt like my body was failing me. I am very grateful for Western medicine that was able to save my son, and I am very grateful that he is healthy and so incredibly intelligent. But it still crushes me that I have never FELT myself pushing new life into this world, but rather just major surgery. We live in a country too quick to use inductions and cesareans to get what we want.

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  5. Anonymous

    Kudos to Christina Aguilera for being honest. Some people are very defensive about electing to have a c-section and for some reason, feel compelled to justify their decision – my personal favourite is the “breech” reason. Statistically, a very small percentage of births are breech – maybe 3-4%. I found it funny that 2 celebs who gave birth within days of each other both had sections due to breech presentation and both went out of their way to mention the “reason” for the section in interviews I saw. The interviewer(s) didn’t even pose the question, but in both cases, the celeb quickly “justified” the reason. Having a c-section is a woman’s personal business and no one – celebs or regular people – should feel inadequate or forced to lie to justify having an elective section.

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    • momanonymous

      Hmmm. Was this in late spring 2006 by any chance? The only reason I remember is that I was pregnant at the same time…

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    • Anonymous

      I totally agree except when insurance is involved. A C/S cost a whole lot more than a normal vaginal birth. I suggest that you have the right to choose an ELECTIVE “non medical reason” C/S if you are willing to pay out of pocket….just like you would if you wanted plastic surgery.

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  6. Courtney

    some other complications make c-sections more common also as in toximia and gestational diabetes or previous surgeries. not that any of those things make them less of a mother all that matters in the end is mother and child/children are born healthy even if premature due to medical reasons

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  7. Kendra

    I had to have an emergency c section with my first because her head wouldn’t fit in my pelvis. I went through what they called pre labour for 2 weeks and was admitted to hospital as I was exhausted and unable to function with the pain. 2 days later the contractions started coming a lot stronger and the doctor insisted I was 1cm dilated and they would induce me if it progressed. Gave me pethedine and let me sleep overnight. Not that I did. Next morning I was checked by an obstetrician and was told that my baby was a good size but my pelvis was too small for her to pass through. I am 4′ 11″ and she was 7 pounds. It was confirmed after the c section that there was no way I could’ve given birth naturally and I am beyond grateful that I live in Australia where there is a high standard of medical assistance. If I was in a 3rd world country we wouldn’t have survived.

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  8. Anonymous

    Neither method sounds that easy, at least in some cases. A c-section is major surgery. It took months to regain my strength from the second one. Who cares what anyone had, and nobody should be criticizing however children are brought into the world. It’s the mother’s deal, nobody else’s.

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  9. Anonymous

    I don’t doubt that at least one of them had a C-section on doctors orders, but I think most were just “too posh to push”. It seems unlikely that so many women in one unit could need a C-section, just like it seems unlikely that so many women in one unit could have conceived their twins naturally, which they all insist they did. x

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  10. Anonymous

    BREECH IS VERY COMMON! I DONT KNOW WHY ITS SO SURPRISING. MY SON WAS ALSO BREECH BUT WAS FLIPPED AFTER A SUCCESSFUL EXTERNAL VERSION AT 36 WEEKS AND BORN AFTER 29 HOURS OF LABOR. NOTHING WRONG WITH C-SECTION EITHER, I PERSONALLY WOULDNT OPT FOR IT. ITS A PERSONAL CHOICE AFTER ALL

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    • anonymous

      At full term gestation, only a small percentage (3-4%) are still in the breech position. That’s NOT common.

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    • Lily

      Not always a personal choice though! Itn my country it’s a lifesaving choice.

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    • gail

      Your last sentence is spot-on …It is a woman’s choice and no one else’s business. I’m interested in where you did your research on breech births as they are not common and only occur about 4% of the time (when the baby is at full gestation). Maybe the stats are different in Hollywood ;)

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  11. Anonymous

    49 NOT 29 HOURS

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  12. Anonymous

    What a horrible article. First of all, it is none of your business how any of these women gave birth or what the reasons were. Unless you are a doctor and have their medical records in front of you, you can’t say rather or not their c-sections were necessary.

    Not that it matters. What happened to My Body, My Choice? No one judges Victoria Beckham for her obvious plastic surgery on her face and breasts. That wasn’t medically necessary and it was every bit as dangerous as a c-section.

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    • Laura

      All the article does is lay out what the celebrities said, and what the majority of people think. Not once did it say, “they didn’t need this” or “shame on them for making this choice”

      And although I am so thankful that we have the technology to save babies that couldn’t have been saved, through medical interventions such as c-sections, your “my body my choice” statement is not accurate. Your choices also affect your baby’s body. Just as your choices in what you eat and drink do when you are pregnant. Whatever drugs you take, your baby also takes, and at a much higher dosage than you do. If you feel that is the best choice for you AND your baby so be it. But it isn’t just YOUR body.

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  13. Anonymous

    GAIL, YES IM SAYING IT AGAIN BREECH IS EXTREMELY COMMON I ALSO DONT KNOW HOW SHE CAME UP WITH 4%

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  14. Anonymous

    I had a C-section with my first in September 2008. I’m now 33 weeks pregnant with my second and have an amazing midwife and doula ready for my home birth in water. I’m looking forward to it so much, and I love reading the inspirational stories above. Not just the home birth ones, all of them were interesting and beautiful.

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  15. Rosy

    My labour was 11 hours long from start til the birth – one hour of pushing and my son was born in to the birthing pool weighing 7lb11oz. I had entonox for pain relief though honestly it just takes your mind off the pain as opposed to taking it away. I loved every minute of my birth experience.

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  16. Anonymous

    I had my first kid natural(vag) second child was in the trasnverse position thats (sideways) i didnt have a choice it had to be c-section, baby girl was 9 lbs 22″..Thank God c-section was the only way to get her out, third baby My Obgyn gave me a choice I CHOOSE A SECOND C-SECTION honestly i wish i had csection for my first i was horrified at v=vaginal delivery imho i would recomend c-section to all ladies…. the stretching out of vaginal delivery i think causes incontinence later in life plus its too painful …

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    • Rosy

      It’s great that c-section worked for you, but I don’t know if I would personally recommend a full-on abdominal surgery to anybody, myself. And your statement about vaginal birth causing incontinence is laughable – if anything, pregnancy itself is more likely to cause incontinence because of the pressure of the baby on the woman’s bladder for months at a time.

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      • Anonymous

        With my first, I was induced @ 36 wks due to pre-eclampsia. After 3 hours of pushing in every position possible the dr came in & pulled my baby out with forceps. I had 3rd degree tears, incontinence & nerve damage. I barely had any feeling down there until my son was almost 1 yr old. With my 2nd I went into labor naturally & after an hour of pushing the dr pulled her out by pushing her shoulder out of place & the nicu had to be called to make sure she could move her arm. This time I had 4th degree tears. My dr has advised any future children need to be c-section only that due to my past 2 births she believes my pelvic area is to small (I’m 4’11, my 1st baby was 6 lb 12 oz & the 2nd was 8 lb 13 oz). Both recoveries were painful. I went to prenatal yoga, had doulas, and all that. Not everyone can deliver naturally & that’s ok. Thank goodness for c-sections. Healthy mom & baby is what matters most.

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  17. Anonymous9

    People’s personal choices about childbirth are nobody’s business. Women are way too judgey about this.

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  18. Anonymous

    Terribly judgy. Makes it seem that women who opted for natural are ‘better’.

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    • Anonymous

      I know! I find it terrible that women can be so judgmental with each other over something that they should be supportive of one another, not competing to see who can push the hardest, feel the most pain…

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  19. Carlie

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks this post is ridicules, I mean really who cares how theses babies came into the world, both mothers and babies are healthy Isen’t that what really matters?

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  20. Rose

    Sorry I didn’t realize it was a compation, why didn’ I not get the memo, silly me I thought it was a personal choice and that you should do what’s right for you.

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  21. Dani

    I had my son in 2008 after 42 hours of labour via c-section. It was absolutely gorgeous and I loved every “drug” they gave me in the OP. Though it was a c-section I did breastfeed him 15 months without any problems.
    When my daughter arrived 2010 I was eager to have another c-section – but didn’t get one. She first was in breech presentation but changed her position days before the c-section date. So it was called off… 8 days after the calculated day of birth the birth was induced with Oxytocin and I had to give birth naturally. It was horrible and I hated it…my babygirl had 9lbs and 21 inches with a head girth of 14.5in! Though I tried “Hypno Birthing” it didn’t work like it did with Jessica Alba or Gisele Bündchen.
    So…for me a cesarian worked way better than a natural birth.

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  22. Anonymous

    This type of discussion is always always meaningless and hurtful towards women. If you labor and have a baby out of your vagina then you are a “warrior” and a “goddess” and “stronger and better than other women who cannot”….and if you labor and have a Csection then you are deemed a “failure” and “more concerned about your vaginal integrity then anything else”. What a bunch of hoo-ha crap. Women that have vaginal deliveries have them because their bodies allow them to, or their babies are in the right position, or other reasons that are out of one’s control. They don’t do anything special or different then other women to make them able to do this “miraculous feat”. I think we call them names like “warrior” and tout them as being “amazing”, quite frankly, because giving birth is extremely painful and difficult for women and we want them to feel like they have accomplished something by living through it. You know, it hasn’t been that many years since women died in childbirth. Can you imagine being pregnant and dying while giving birth. Never holding your child, your child never knowing their mother. Your other children are now motherless? Well, consider that fact before you start telling women that needed to have Csection that they are failures and “too posh to push”. That is so cruel to say when you consider the real reasons that women have Csections.

    I am so sick of this continuously meaningless discussion. Since when is it a miraculous feat to have a baby without pain medication? Do we think a marathon runner is a hero when they run with nails in their shoes?

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    • Anonymous

      you have too much time on your hands. if you truly didnt care and believed in what you wrote, you wouldnt have wasted all the time writing all that.

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  23. Anonymous

    This type of discussion is always always meaningless and hurtful towards women. If you labor and have a baby out of your vagina then you are a “warrior” and a “goddess” and “stronger and better than other women who cannot”….and if you labor and have a Csection then you are deemed a “failure” and “more concerned about your vaginal integrity then anything else”. What a bunch of hoo-ha crap. Women that have vaginal deliveries have them because their bodies allow them to, or their babies are in the right position, or other reasons that are out of one’s control. They don’t do anything special or different then other women to make them able to do this “miraculous feat”. I think we call them names like “warrior” and tout them as being “amazing”, quite frankly, because giving birth is extremely painful and difficult for women and we want them to feel like they have accomplished something by living through it. You know, it hasn’t been that many years since women died in childbirth. Can you imagine being pregnant and dying while giving birth. Never holding your child, your child never knowing their mother. Your other children are now motherless? Well, consider that fact before you start telling women that needed to have Csection that they are failures and “too posh to push”. That is so cruel to say when you consider the real reasons that women have Csections.

    I am so sick of this continuously meaningless discussion. Since when is it a miraculous feat to have a baby without pain medication? Do we think a marathon runner is a hero when they run with nails in their shoes?

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    • Anonymous

      Yay! Well said!

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    • Mama

      It’s not a meaningless discussion. Do your research on medicated births and how one thing leads to another and suddenly you’re in an “emergency c-section” situation that can have effects on bonding/latching for the mother and baby. There are certainly situations that warrant interventions, but way less than what we are led to believe.

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  24. Anonymous

    Angelina is hot, but she would be damn hot if she gave birth through her vag.

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  25. MamaOf4

    I delivered my 1st via CS after a LifeFlight and failed 36 hour induction at 33 weeks due to severe Pre-e. 2nd was a planned VBAc that was thwarted before I evenhad a chance to gointo labor, due to a very Pro CS very impatient OB. 3rd was a VBA2c attempt in June of last year, 50 hours of spontaneous labor, 2 hours of pushing in multiple positions, baby girl was OP due to half of my pelvis being shoved up and back (didn’t know that at the time) thereby making my pelvis quite crooked and causing serious sacral and pelvic joint misalignment, so she would not descend past 0 station as a result. This LO is due on December 12th, I’ve been working with a Chiropractor who has, thankfully, been able to straighten me out, this baby will be a hospital VBA3c :-D

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  26. Mama_Of_4

    Tori openly admitted to going into labor with Hattie, if she wanted to experience a “natural” (btw- that does not= vaginal, natural is defined as a vaginal birth that is unmedicated) she could could have gone through TOLAC (Trial of Labor after Cesarean!)

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  27. Anonymous

    “I felt like a failure for not giving birth naturally”…why for God’s sake, why the need for martyrdom ? I am having my first in a number of weeks.I too love experiences and have felt like a mother since the moment I knew I was expecting and growing our child in my body. Parenthood is not a roulette game, the element of surprsie cant possibly be seen as the most important factor of birth, its a fucking birth, no matter how life comes into the world!! Preparation should be seen as a responsible natural instinct. I already know my child is a boy and has an identity and he has been named for weeks! I am having an elective section, my baby is going to come into the world as stress free and safe as possible. I am still going to be a woman, with a vagina, I will breast feed my son and rear him as naturally as mother nature intended. I didnt realise how stir crazy women really get about ‘gving vaginal birth and what it “means”. I was delivered by c-section and I adore my mum and have the utmost respect for her choice in having me this way, she has a wonky 1988 c-section scar and has shown it to me many times with pride. Hypocrisy in the face of modernity, would these women deny their babies of the most up-to-date medical care if necessary, in the name of it being “un-natural”??? I think not. Heat magazine may have labelled it “too posh to push” I doubt mother & baby have!

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  28. Carly

    I had my triplets by natural birth. The pain was horrible and because of the ‘natural birth’ only two of my three beautiful babies survived!
    *Never doing natural again!*

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  29. Anonymous

    You know, there are other medical reasons that nobody has to share , even celebrities. Maybe they made up a story as to why they had a C-section. ALthough it really is none of our business. If they had an STD or something like that, then often times it is suggested they have a C-section. It can affect the child and what celebrity is going to be forthcoming about this? Like they want that story coming out for their child to read later in life. Who cares how they have theirs babies, as long as the babies are okay. Everyone that does natural home births thinks they deserve a medal. Everyone is entitled to their own experience.

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  30. Samantha

    I understand the self induced shame involved in having a c-section. I blame society for this. I had a c- section and while most will not directly tell you to your face that you are a failure, you can read it in their expressions. They act like it was such a misfortune. I was induced and I never progressed, I had the c and my recovery was pretty quick. I don’t recall being in any great pain afterwards either. While I am neither here nor there about keeping the integrity of my vagina after childbirth, I will say that I am a person who absolutely hates discomfort and I was grateful to the c-section for I doubt I could have stood the pain of being ripped open in such a sensitive and intimate area and personally always being conscious about the destruction of a body part. Yes, natural childbirth is “natural” but it really is what your body can and cannot do. Sometimes nature just isn’t always the best option. I will forever have my scar, but it is a reminder of my sweet little bundle of joy that was born of me. I am also grateful to the c for my son did not have to go through the trauma of a natural birth.

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  31. Sophia

    Honestly? It’s such a ridiculous to even make a comment about what a woman does with her own body. Especially if you don’t even know that woman’s physical and psychological state. When it’s time to give birth I’ll definitely go with the C-section option. No, it’s not more dangerous for the baby than natural birth. If anything, it’s the other way around. Why I prefer C-section?
    1) I’ve had anxiety disorder for years. While I’m generally good, I get claustrophobic when I’m in the same place for hours. (And giving birth takes hours)
    2) I literally faint when I see a little too much blood and get lightheaded about giving birth. If you think that makes me a ‘weak person’, that’s your own ignorance. Everyone has weaknesses, I’d consider myself a strong woman about a lot of things, but health-related things like this one isn’t one of them, sadly.
    3) Not gonna lie, I’m scared of the beauty side of vagina too. Too graphic, but I should say so maybe women will understand other women’s fears. I’m not a muscular person, never been, not even when I was actually working out. And I had hemorrhoids at a very young age. My ‘down area’ (both back&front) is already prone to get loose. I know most women get their body back including ‘that part’, but most women don’t get hemorrhoids at the age of 20 like I did. If natural birth was the only way to give birth, I wouldn’t let that stop me. But why would I NOT go with another option when there IS another option that is better for me?

    Whole point is…giving birth is difficult no matter what way you chose. Let’s just not judge each other :)

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    • Lindsey

      I have had an anxiety disorder for years (and many years prior to my first) and those reasons are odd. Be prepared to get claustrophobic recovering from that c-section, it is NO picnic, and that first time you stand up. Good lord, girl, get ready for some blood and pain. Not to mention the intense panic attack you’ll have on that operating table, awake, while they cut you open. Then shaking and loopy in recovery, alone at first. I’m about to have my second and I’m scared sh*tless. I’d go through 24 hours of labor again before I’d want another C-section, however, my insurance sucks, and VBAC isn’t offered by the practice I’m seeing. I wouldn’t judge a woman for her choices, but if those are your reasons…good luck avoiding…discomfort.

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    • You made some important points.
      My birth experience was short labor (3&1/2 HOURS), drug free (I would have like to have had some), a decent episiotomy with no tearing. That was 1987.
      Fast forward 2012. My daughter-in-law had high blood pressure and they tried to induce. Didn’t get very far. After they got her blood pressure down, the baby’s heart rate was all over the place. The decision was made to perform a cesarean. There was some meconium present and the cord wrapped X1 around my granddaughter’s neck. She was fine. My daughter-in-law recovered fairly rapidly from her surgery.
      They would like to have another. I would like to see her go out-of-town 30 miles away to a hospital that does VBACs but it has never come up. I will NEVER express my opinion unless she asks me. I only have one child, one daughter-in-law, and one grandchild, and it is not worth sacrificing my relationship with any of them. If they have another one and decide to schedule a cesarean, I will keep my opinion to myself.

      I agree that women who have cesareans don’t need to defend themselves any more than a woman who has a natural birth needs to defend herself for getting induced or forceps, etc.

      Sometimes nurses will tell you it’s not so much “failure to progress” and it is a “failure to wait” on the part of the physician. Human pregnancy is a natural process, but can be so wrought with illness and conditions beyond our control.

      Whatever we chose when it comes to giving birth, we must support each other regardless of our personal beliefs. If I can bite the bullet on this one, anyone can.

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  32. Juliette

    First, how long we ‘labour’ is a personal measure. I statrted contractions 24 hours before my baby was born but in my mind I only truly ‘laboured’ for say 10 hours. It takes a while before it really and truly hurts.
    Second, if you choose a c-section there is no need to justify it. Whatever the reason is, we all know as mothers that the best mothers are happy ones. The last thing any baby needs is a mother who feels as though she has gone through something she ought not have. Just tell it like it is.
    Third, a c-section does not prevent abdominal stretching. I recommend good exercise pre, during and post birth. Pilates. It may help with vaginal stretching but any vagina with say 7-8 pounds resting on its for a while will incur something! Don’t be fooled. I had a vaginal birth, I had a slight tear and my obs/gyn simply gave me a few extra stitches. My husband has no complaints.
    Last, all births are different. I really wanted a drug free birth but a posterior presentation made it unbearable. I had an epidural that worked on one side of my body for 15 minutes. I might as well have never had it! Although excruciating I figure its one day in your life. It comes and it goes and at the end you have a miracle.

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  33. Margaret Marrero

    My son was born on his due date. My contractions started at 45 seconds apart and stayed that way. The nurses and doctors were running around like crazy. Everything went so fast. I wanted to do it naturally but I could not recover from the contractions every 45 seconds. I felt so weak and then they tell me that I had a 103 degree fever and the baby’s heart rate was dropping. Had to have an Emergency C-section. It was very disappointing but I was so worried about the baby, so I said go for it. 7 hours after I walked in the hospital my son was born, very healthy. It turns out I had the flu. The recovery was brutal, sneezing and coughing with a CS was miserable. Thank God for my awesome husband and family and my beautiful baby boy. That is all that matters at the end.

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  34. Anonymous

    With my first child, I had an epidural put in at the last minute. The contractions were very painful and I wanted to have a c-section with my second child. It was planned but she came early and the doctor came late! I was in labour for 3 hours, from when contractions started until she came out. I had no pain medication at all and it was very painful. I never want that day over again! I don’t remember anything else of that day, only the pain. If you have a choice, have a c-section. Make use of what’s there and what YOU want. It’s the 21st century not the stone age!

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  35. Jessica

    I tried to have an unmedicated homebirth but it did not work out and I ended up having an emergency cesarean. I labored for 60 hours but never got totally dilated. I got to about 7-8 cm dilated and stopped. I did feel very proud of myself for going through labor. I would go through that every year if I could. I felt so strong. I do think vaginal birth is preferable to cesarean. I don’t really care about vaginal integrity, unless I had like 4th degree tears. There are ways to prevent that though. Cesarean is not as easy as people say it is. It is actually quite painful. I was always scared to actually give birth because of the vaginal pain it would cause. Labor was not that hard for me. Next time I would like to just get an epidural after laboring for a while and then think about a natural birth after that if I get pregnant again. I think my own anxiety about the last part of birth prevented me from having a natural birth, so an epidural might help with that.

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  36. Rlg

    I wanted to have a natural childbirth and everyone told me I was crazy and that I’d end up taking medication anyway. I however was able to give birth naturally, never screamed or had the feeling of wanting medicine. Does that make my birth better than someone with a section. No. But yet, it still something I feel very proud of especially since most women (about 90% or some high number) use pain medications and that yes, I could tough it out. So maybe it’s not about crapping on others but feeling good that I could endure this process. And if you think it’s not a big deal but you gave birth and needed medications, maybe you could likewise admit that the pain was overwhelming leading to the need for an epidural. I get that my fluffing my feathers is obnoxious, but the response to say it’s no big deal when few women in the US do this is also unfair. And the truth is we are an over medicated society in general.

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  37. Christine

    I had an unplanned c-section with my first and an unmedicated vbac with my second. I am extremely proud of both my children’s births and wear them both like the badge of honour they are. As far as other women and the choices they make in birth, I figure: not my vagina or baby-not my choice! Babies come out of our bodies! Little perfect people! Our bodies do that!! Isn’t that amazing and something to be celebrated?!

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  38. Jenny

    The women schedule c- sections so they don’t stretch their vaginas. Figure it out. Why do u think their is vaginal rejuvenation ? The doctors are just as stupid for doing it!

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