From our friends at BabyCenter.com! By Carolyn Roberston.
Are celebrities really “too posh to push?”
A-list moms span the spectrum when it comes to childbirth: There are home births, water births and yes, elective c-sections. And then there’s the crowded middle ground of moms whose birth plans didn’t work out quite they way they’d imagined.
Whether by choice or necessity, Hollywood mamas seem to have mixed feelings about having caesarean sections. From Pink to Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet to Britney Spears, here’s what some of our favorite famous moms have to say…
Pink had hoped for a natural birth, but ended up with a c-section when daughter Willow was breech: “It all turned out perfectly in the end, even though it wasn’t what we intended, because she is healthy and happy and so am I.”
Christina Aguilera opted for a c-section, admitting, “I didn’t want any surprises. Honestly, I didn’t want any tearing. I had heard horror stories of women going in and having to have an emergency C-section [anyway]. ”
Marcia Cross delivered her twins via c-section, later saying, “And whoever said that was easy?! I did not enjoy that, not for one minute…”
Angelina Jolie delivered Shiloh via c-section, saying, “It ended up being the greatest thing. . . . 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.”
Jennifer Lopez’s kids Max and Emme were born via-section: “Because I had twins and that was recommended for me to have a C-section, and there was a part of me [that] had thought, ‘I didn’t get to do it the way that everybody else does.'”
Kate Hudson opted for a c-section when her labor wasn’t progressing: “The doctor said I could go home… I was like, ‘I am not going home, just don’t want to do this again. Let’s just have a C-section.'”
Kelly Preston delivered her third baby Benjamin via c-section: “For the first time, I had a C-section, We had a beautiful quiet birth based on [Scientology Founder] L Ron Hubbard’s philosophy,” she revealed.
Patricia Heaton had multiple c-sections, followed by a tummy tuck: “I had four babies and four C-sections,” she said. “And my stomach looked like the map of the world.”
After 30 hours of labor, doctors recommended Bethenny Frankel have a c-section: “She came out like a little doll,” she says of Bryn’s birth. “It was amazing.”
Camila Alves labored for 40 hours with her first baby, “But the vacuum didn’t work, and the doctor said, ‘C-section,” revealed her husband Matthew McConaughey. Their third baby, Livingston, also arrived via c-section.
Molly Sims revealed her plans for a natural birth were dashed: “I wanted to do it naturally but there was a problem with the umbilical cord, so I had to have a C-Section…. It’s definitely scary because you have to go into an operating room.”
Jenny McCarthy seems to have some c-section regret: ‘It’s horrible, it’s horrible — it’s hard when they have you strapped down ’cause you’re like, ‘I just want to hold my baby!'” she says.
Kate Winslet felt some c-section shame: ‘I’ve 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 traumatised by the fact that I hadn’t given birth. I felt like a complete failure.”
Britney Spears chose a c-section because she didn’t “want to go through the pain. My mom said giving birth was the most excruciating thing she’s ever gone through in her life.”
All four of Tori Spelling’s kids arrived via c-section: “One of the biggest misconceptions is that celebrities have C-sections because it’s easier,” she says. “If I had a choice, I would not have. The recovery is much worse.”
Victoria ‘Posh Spice’ Beckham inspired the phrase “too posh to push,” reportedly delivering all four kids via c-section.