• Thu, Jan 24 2013

Pregnant Kristen Bell Is Going Nowhere Near Natural Birth Because She Has ‘Nothing To Prove’

kristinbellPregnant Kristen Bell is expecting her first baby with fiancé Dax Shepard. And no, she won’t be opting for the birthing pool, a fancy doula, a midwife, and/or natural childbirth. Hell to the no on that from this celebrity mother.

The 32-year-old actress sat on Ellen DeGeneres‘s couch to do the “I’m Pregnant Here’s My Belly” press circuit. Ellen kept to the fairly standard TV host script, confirming when Kristen Bell was due (end of spring!) and even trying to trick the soon-to-be mother into revealing the baby’s gender. Kristen kept smiley poker-faced however, evading the inquiry that she was having a son.

But when it came to discussing the good old birthing plan, Kristen denied that she was going anywhere near a natural birth:

“I’ve got nothing to prove. No way. I feel like when I arrive at the hospital I want a glass of whiskey, I want the epidural in my back. And, I want to get hit in the face with a baseball bat and wake me up when it’s over because I’ve seen the videos and it looks terrifying.”

Cue the up and arms home birthers who perhaps would like a medal or two for their successful delivery. Kristen Bell will gladly cede to you champions.

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  • Ellie

    How nice to hear someone be honest about it. All the Sanctimommies who have to include their “and it was all natural” tags onto birth announcements can just take their stupid self-awarded medals and shut up.

    • Tinyfaeri

      You know people who put how the baby was born on birth announcements? That’s weird.

    • Ellie

      Yes. I see it all the time. Every time I think – who cares?

    • http://www.facebook.com/helen.donovan.31 Helen Donovan

      Wow – too bad I’m done with that, otherwise I could add a tag “I’ve birthed an unnatural, radioactive mutant!”

    • Tinyfaeri

      You know people who put how the baby was born on birth announcements? That’s weird.

  • Jessie

    Love Kristen Bell!!

  • http://twitter.com/carinnjade Carinn Jade

    Hey, it’s her choice (hopefully), but she is really missing out on an amazing experience!

    • Jem

      I’m pretty sure birthing a child is a pretty amazing experience no matter how you do it…..

    • http://twitter.com/carinnjade Carinn Jade

      You’re right. And some C-sections are perfect while some natural experiences are a nightmare. Everyone is different. I’m glad she is choosing what feels right for her.

      There has to be room to say I thought my natural childbirth was amazing (dare I say better than the one where I had an epidural) without it being a judgment on everything else, though clearly I haven’t figured out how to do that yet…

    • once upon a time

      It’s easy. You say, “Natural childbirth was an amazing experience for me.” You don’t say, “It’s up to her, but she’s missing out!”

    • Rebecca

      I had the opposite expeariance. My “drugged up” birth was a million times better then my natural birth. I was cracking jokes, I could feel when to push, I was happy the whole time. My natural birth was awful. I barely made it to the hospital in time and after my son was out the a-hole dr decided to “scrape for clots”. Just stuck his hand right up there. That was more painful then giving birth. I’m hoping with this one (due any minute!) I have time for the drugs!

    • http://twitter.com/carinnjade Carinn Jade

      Yikes, that sounds like an awful experience! I know many people who share your opinion. A friend of mine went natural the first time and said once was enough. She delivered her next two with an epidural. I’m hoping this one goes smoothly for you!!

    • Sue

      She will have her baby when she’s done. That’s the amazing part. Can’t see that she’s missing out on anything.

    • http://twitter.com/carinnjade Carinn Jade

      It’s true, the baby is a whole amazing part unto itself but labor is a different experience. I didn’t go into labor on my own with my first baby (I was induced for low amnio fluid) and I personally felt I missed out though I didn’t realize it until after.

    • Justme

      “and I personally felt”

      Those are YOUR feelings….maybe Kristen Bell really doesn’t give two hoots about how she delivers.

    • http://twitter.com/carinnjade Carinn Jade

      exactly. She is entitled to her feelings, same as I am entitled to mine. And same for everyone else of course. I have been on the receiving end of some nasty comments on this site and I take it in stride for that reason only – if I feel entitled to my own feelings/opinions, I have to make peace with inviting everyone else’s.

    • Justme

      But in your original remark “she is missing out on an amazing experience”…was that really necessary? Why not just give kudos for her making a birthing decision and sticking with it? It just seems like an unnecessary jab at the decision a woman has made. She might not think that a natural birth sounds like “an amazing experience” and you kind of shamed her for not wanting what you had.

    • http://twitter.com/carinnjade Carinn Jade

      I see that is how it was taken. I do think she is missing out, but I don’t think she is a lesser mother if she doesn’t. To be perfectly honest, this whole conversation baffles me. I do want everyone in the world to have a natural birth experience. However, I say it in the same way another friend insists I just HAVE to try threading or sushi or anything else. I’m just excited about it and have no trace of shame for people who choose otherwise, especially not in my comment to this original post. I wonder why that never comes across or whether it’s just so commonly abused that people automatically read into it.

    • Tinyfaeri

      People are a tad touchier about anything relating to birth than they are to sushi or threading. Or even religion and politics. Just in case you didn’t notice. :(

    • Lawcat

      Can I submit this sanctimonious bs to STFU, Parents?

    • http://twitter.com/carinnjade Carinn Jade

      You can!

    • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.wooten Courtney Lynn

      That’s a very judgmental thing to say. it’s not the same for everyone. Believe it or not, not everyone thinks natural childbirth is amazing and that’s okay.

    • http://twitter.com/carinnjade Carinn Jade

      Having an opinion doesn’t mean you think every other opinion is invalid. I am judging MY experience. I truly support anyone’s right to choose what is best for them. In my silly one liner that clearly did not come across. I do think that people who don’t experience natural childbirth are missing out, the same way people who run marathons think I am missing out. I get it that they are excited about running, but I’m not (exactly like you said). I have never thought a comment like that reflects poorly on my choices. I think there is room for both opinions without it being a war.

    • Jessie

      Some of us couldn’t have a natural child birth (pre-ecclampsia) and it’s kind of insensitive to rub in how much I’m “missing out.” I’m glad you had a fantastic natural birth, but I’ll never get to do that. So, yes, your statement was kind of insensitive.

    • http://twitter.com/carinnjade Carinn Jade

      I understand that and I am sorry for your situation (assuming you wanted a natural birth at some point). I don’t intend to rub it in, but just because it is not for everyone (sometimes a choice, sometimes not), does that mean I shouldn’t advocate for what I am passionate about? It would be one thing if you and I were having a one-on-one conversation and I was going on and on about how amazing it was. But this was a simple one-line comment to a post where someone was choosing another alternative. If Kristin Bell came out and said “I am not able to have a natural birth,” I would have never interjected. She, instead, said “she has nothing to prove.” I think my response was appropriate (if not quite clear enough).

    • Once upon a time

      Why are you passionate about other people’s birthing decisions?

    • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.wooten Courtney Lynn

      You’re right. It definitely didn’t come across that way.

  • L. McGillicuddy

    Can a women’s personal choice of a birth plan be discussed without it becoming another version of the Mommy Wars? I believe childbirth in any manner is quite the impressive feat. I mean the female body is damn impressive. Anyway, the last comment by the author is quite unnecessarily snide, whether there are women who claim to be champions because of natural birth or not. Let’s not fuel these continuous comparisons between Mommy groups and just respect each other’s individual choices. (For the record, I had a natural birth. No medal or championship necessary.)

    • Bluebelle

      Truth. Also, just as an aside: perhaps I am very lucky in my area or family or group of friends–or all three–but this stuff competitive birth stuff never comes up. Not in a judge-y way, at least. Perhaps there is just a lot of mutual respect, but I’ve had friends with doulas sat alongside friends begging for epidurals upon finding out they were pregnant in perfect harmony. Are you happy with your decision? Are you healthy? Did the baby somehow exit the womb? Does the happy and gassy orb now reside somewhere in your house where it is loved and fed and doted on? Excellent. Looks like we all ended up in the same place regardless of how we got there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/helen.donovan.31 Helen Donovan

      LOVE “happy and gassy orb.”

  • Anna

    I suspect child birth might become an even worse experience if you have the attitude of Kristen Bell. I don’t think the natural birthers are doing it to feel superior but because they actually feel that it’s a better way to handle the birth to work through the pain yourself. You might be fooling yourself completely if you think that you can avoid all discomfort by drugs and epidurals. And “the wake me-up when it’s over” attitude is just not realistic… Either way YOU will have to fight through it consciously.

    • jsterling93

      You do realize her job is to be “funny” and that she isn’t actually being totally serious right? And guess what after my doctor explained to me the type of tearing I can expect as a first time mom and the fact that the stitching up is more painful that the delivery you better believe I am opting for every pain killer available. It doesn’t mean I am missing anything or that I am not realistic. And sorry but I have had a shit ton of pain in my life. I am over “working through the pain” for myself thank you very much.

    • zeisel

      Just to let you know, that the contractions and delivery is far more painful, because the natural hormones/adrenaline that the body produces, does not kick-in right away until you’re actually pushing the baby out. I was breast-feeding when they were stitching me up and it was a feeling of relief and stinging at the most. That’s it. Six weeks after was still more painful compared to the stitching. That’s how great the natural drugs from the body are!

    • Jenna

      That may depend on the situation. With my first the tearing (very very extensive tearing) and so so many stitches was the most painful part, I think mostly because I no longer had the thought “This pain is leading to a baby!” to help me. With my second it was like you described, but that’s not always the case.

    • zeisel

      That is true, that it depends on the situation. I had a 4th degree tear and hemorrhaged and still felt little to no pain. I think that is why the six weeks after was still more painful compared to the stitching for me, because ibuprofen is no match for the natural pain relievers your body releases right at delivery. I know some women who go back to work after 3 weeks and I could never have done that.

    • lyzl

      Um I can tell you first hand that no, it’s not “worse” just because you have that attitude. I had it. Birth was a bitch. It’s over. The baby came out. Same as everyone else and it wasn’t worse or better. It just was. That’s how all birth is.

    • Justme

      Dammit. I knew my child’s heart rate was plummeting and subsequent c-section was all my fault! I should have had a better attitude. Aw shucks.

    • lea

      Thinking that what you are doing is the “better way” is pretty much the definition of feeling superior.

    • My2€

      I don’t know if that is true. We make most of our choices in life because we feel that our choice is the “better way.” That is what making an educated, informed decision is all about, weighing all the pros and cons and choosing the “better way.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.wooten Courtney Lynn

      Who said anything about “wake me up when it’s over”? Some people choose pain management and some don’t. Who cares? Why should anyone feel guilty for how they want to manage their birth so long as it isn’t life-threatening to your or the child?

  • Rachelle

    …wait until she finds out about the pain AFTER the birth… No epidural for THAT. *snicker*

    • Poogles

      “No epidural for THAT”

      No, but other pain-relief options are available, OTC mostly. Even if there were no options for dealing with the postpartum pain, doesn’t mean it’s not worth it to avoid the pain that occurs during labor and birth with an epi.

    • Renee J

      That’s what the percocet is for.

    • Jenna

      No, there is no epidural after the birth, but I’ve never been denied adaquate post-birth oral pain medication. I doubt she will be either.

    • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.wooten Courtney Lynn

      Yeah, well I had prescription ibuprofen after my c-section and it was pretty great.

  • lyzl

    Oh how I love her. When I was agonizing over the how-should-I-birth decision, a wise woman said, “Do what you want, there are no medals.” So, I got the epidural and I’m getting another one. There are no medals in motherhood.

  • workingMOM

    What an idiot.
    I consider this fool a drug pusher; “just take the drugs – who cares about how you actually feel.”
    American consumer/easy-way-out culture at its finest.
    Wonder what will happen if she doesn’t need the drugs…

    • Lacy

      Aaaaaand here we go.;

    • http://twitter.com/imimbles Jade

      Have you considered that how she “actually feels” is (rationally) that she wants to avoid pain?

    • Poogles

      “Wonder what will happen if she doesn’t need the drugs…”

      “Need”? She WANTS them, she will get them, end of story. And did she at any point actually say anything about other women using pain relief? So how could she be a “drug pusher”?

    • http://www.facebook.com/helen.donovan.31 Helen Donovan

      WHO is the idiot? You must have a damn privileged life if you consider this girl a drug pusher.

  • Katie Calvin De Hesa

    LOL while you all argue over sanctimomminess, all i could see was this boo boo:

    Cue the up and arms home birthers.. isnt the proper phrase: “up IN arms” ??

    whatever KB wants is what is best for her and her baby. why do women still feel the need to direct others how to do the most primal of things? if women want to use the options that can be afforded them, why is that “bad” ?? there are much bigger issues to argue over…

  • Jenna

    And I love her even more now. Who knew that was possible.

  • Scarlette

    Voluntary C Section for the win.

    In before shit storm.

    • flymetothemoo

      As long as it wasn’t because you husband wanted your vagina in tact. I have heard of women doing this because their hubby said no more sex if the baby “wrecks it”. Otherwise, good for you!

  • marie

    I love her honesty. I get really annoyed when people act like they deserve some sort of award for their natural childbirth, or that their experience was so much better than everyone else’s. Billions of women around the world and throughout history have had natural childbirths. It’s really not that special. BTW, I’ve had one birth with an epidural and one 100% drug free. Both were equally amazing. One doesn’t make me more special than the other.

    • flymetothemoo

      Are you sure it’s not jealousy because why the hell do you care how someone had their baby except to slap them down because really, deep down, you feel like a failure because of it or just assume they did it to be smug?

    • Juju

      Awesome, I love her even more now. I felt the same way when I gave birth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/samantha.ueno Samantha Ueno

    I didn’t birth naturally for some pissing contest, there are risks involved with all the optional medical interventions in addition to how it inhibits the body’s natural functions, and the body will not make pain worse than is possible to handle. You are more likely to tear with an epidural. I went natural and had a small tear, got a numbing shot right after and got it stitched right up. Unfortunately also got a pitocin shot just to be on the safe side and get the uterus contracting back to its normal size and that did hurt.

    • BigBlue

      Actually, tearing is more likely without the epidural. When women feel the “ring of fire” they try like hell to get that baby out of there, thus the increased tearing.

    • Poogles

      “the body will not make pain worse than is possible to handle.”

      What does that even mean? A body can most certainly experience enough pain that it goes into shock and/or the person loses conciousness – does this count as “more than possible to handle”? How about the women who are not able to get pain relief for birth (for whatever reason) and end up with PTSD due to their traumatic experience of the unrelieved pain – was this “more than possible to handle”?

    • Muggle

      Of course not, silly Poogles! It’s all about mind over matter! Women’s bodies are DESIGNED for childbirth, and if they get pass out from the pain or PTSD they were just scared and need a pep talk from the doula/other mommeighs!

      *This is sarcasm, pleasepleasepleasePLEASE put those knives down!

  • K.

    Can’t we all agree that women who want the whole array of hospital offerings–drugs, scheduled c-sections, c-sections + tummy tuck–aren’t all lazy and selfish and “non-women”?

    And then can’t we all agree that women who DON’T want all that and prefer to go the drug-free, vaginal-birth route aren’t sanctimonious, aren’t all trying to be heroes, or hippie kooks?

    And then maybe can we agree that the method by which a woman chooses to give birth really is not a referendum on her character or value or ethics? I want more women to win Nobels and Pulitzers, Congressional Medals of Honor, National Book Awards, Oscars and Emmys and Tonys, James Beard Awards, Fields Medals, and MacArthur “Genius” Grants. I care about the contributions they make from their brains and their hearts; I don’t give a shit how their progeny exited their uteruses.

    • BigBlue

      Thank you. Caring so much about how a woman gives birth is reducing us to our reproductive organs. Why did our mothers and grandmothers fight so hard for feminism, only for this generation to end up right back to this? And honestly, do the children even care which exit they take? Does anyone actually think their child will say “Thanks, Mom, for pushing me out your vagina?”

    • Tinyfaeri

      hear, hear!

  • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.wooten Courtney Lynn

    I’m just glad that most of us have so many options in terms of our birth. There’s not a one-fits-all when it comes to childbirth because we’re all different.

  • angie

    I find her “I have nothing to prove” comment mostly uneducated. Going natural has nothing to do with having something to prove, but trying to eliminate the onset of an avalanche of interventions that very very often ultimately lead to (emergency) c-sections as in epidural > pitocin > baby’s heart rate dropping > OMG EMERGENCY, how did this happen? Well, duh.

    • Justme

      But unfortunatelyl with some women there IS something to prove with having an all natural birth….like the “all natural” crew loves their children more because they didn’t have an epidural or a c-section.
      Which is false by the way.

    • angie

      How would you know? Did you survey the “crew” WTH is that supposed to mean anyway? “All-natural crew”, “Santcimommies”, etc. Way to be mature and supportive of fellow women and moms out there.

    • Justme

      Well. My SIL and her friends for example are part of the “all-natural” birthing movement and MANY of their in-real-life comments mimic the ones that you might read on any internet forum or article such as this one. They seem to firmly believe that anything other than an “all-natural” birth is a direct reflection on the mother and her devotion to their child. Just my experiences. I have no problem with the way other women give birth….but I do have issues when people question my love for my child based on the manner by which she came into this world.

    • angie

      “anything other than an “all-natural” birth is a direct reflection on the mother and her devotion to their child.”

      Well that is just sad and to be honest, quite unbelievable. I’m not sure you’re maybe confusing a good sense of pride in the accomplishment of having a natural birth (which I think is totally appropriate) with a sense of superiority. I know plenty of natural birth moms myself (and while I tried, I did not get to have that experience myself) and I’ve never seen them exude anything other than a healthy dose of pride and a new found empowerment when it comes to their bodies and minds – something I wish I could have gained at the same extent. My two births gave me a whole new sense regarding my body as well – pregnancy does that, and I think any form of labor does it, too, and so does the actual process of having your child emerge from your womb, in which ever shape or form that may be – but I do think there is something very special and amazing about birthing with as little artificial help as possible. I don’t understand why that’s so hard to accept by non-natural birthing women (again, I am one myself so I feel I have the right to criticize).

    • Justme

      Perhaps it is unbelievable to you, but you obviously don’t know my SIL. Here’s a glimpse – she was going on and on about how breastmilk increased a child’s IQ and I mentioned that my oldest brother (her husband) had NOT been breastfed but was yet the smartest in my family. She responded “well just think how smart he COULD have been if your mother had breastfed him.” So yes. Those types of women most certainly exist. I do my best to keep my mouth shut and stay away from her.

      And on a separate note I see pregnancy and delivery as a means to an end. I didn’t enjoy pregnancy in the slightest except for feeling the kicks. I had a c-section delivery and that was perfectly fine with me. But NONE of that had any effect on how I love or care for my daughter.

      I truly have no problem with how other people choose to deliver their children because it does not impact me or my family. But I would appreciate everyone else affording me the same respect.

    • Justme

      And secondly….I find empowerment in my body by playing sports, therefore pregnancy was NOT empowering but instead, like I said….a means to an end – my child.

    • angie

      not to mention the lower risk of complications..

    • flymetothemoo

      You sound jealous of her and she and her “crew” probably think so too. Do you take everyone’s choices so personally?

    • Justme

      Ha. Hardly. And did you not read? I don’t care how people birth, feed or raise their children….but don’t judge and criticize me for not choosing your style. My issue is not with the message, but instead with the delivery….the implication that different choices make a woman somehow “less than” a real mother.

    • justhypatia

      I agree with you angie. I’ve seen the “nothing to prove” comment used quite frequently and quite honestly it’s generally to put people who choose natural birth down. Like there couldn’t be any possible reason for avoiding an epidural besides tough guy street cred. This article, and many of the commenters are just as bad as anyone blaming a woman for getting an epidural.

    • Poogles

      “trying to eliminate the onset of an avalanche of interventions that very very often ultimately lead to (emergency) c-sections”

      There is no reliable evidence that the “cascade of interventions” actually exists outside of the land of anecdotes and myth. Part of what leads people to believe it exists is that babies that are large (in comparison to the mother’s pelvis), babies that are malpositioned, or other issues can make labor much more painful (leading to epi), make contractions less effective (leading to pit), have a higher risk of having a baby experience distress (either because of the physical stress of trying to be forced through an opening that they are not positioned to pass through or small enough to fit through, or just a very long labor – remember the baby is being squeezed during every contraction, and actually has less oxygen during a contraction) and have a higher chance of ending in CS anyways.

      Then, of course, you have the women who think the cascade happened to them, decided they were going to avoid all interventions the next time, no matter what, have an easier birth and feel validated – never considering that EVERY pregnancy is different, even in the same woman. Unfortunately, you also have the women who decide to go the “all-natural-no-matter-what” route and pay very, very dearly with either the health or life of themselves or their baby.

    • angie

      No reliable evidence? Are you serious? For decades there have been studies confirming exactly that – choosing to ignore or dismiss them doesn’t make the facts go away. Good start:

      http://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Fulltext/1999/06000/Epidural_Analgesia_and_Active_Management_of_Labor_.20.aspx

    • Poogles

      “No reliable evidence? Are you serious?”

      Absolutely. BTW, I used to believe the cascade existed. I also was planning on having a homebirth, so it’s not like I’ve never heard the arguments or seen the evidence concerning interventions.

      Did you actually read the study you just posted? First, it is 15 years old – while that doesn’t make it completely irrelevant, it does mean it is very dated research and as such needs to be taken with a grain of salt and read in the context of more recent studies. Second, it does not support a “cascade of interventions”, at all. From the link:

      “Parturients who request epidurals may be different from those who do not, with
      longer, more painful, and dysfunctional labors.” – which is pretty much exactly what I said.

      “We found that active management of labor shortened labor regardless of when
      epidurals were given and that our cohort with early epidural placement had
      shorter labors than women with later placement.”
      So, “active management” (i.e. – interventions, including early epidurals) leads to shorter labors.

      “In the present study, we did not observe significant reductions in cesarean
      rates, although we did see a trend toward lower cesarean rates among actively
      managed women with epidurals.”
      And active management may lead to LESS CS, not more.

      So the question is, now that I have pointed out this study does not support your argument, and indeed, it doesn’t appear you even skimmed the stidy, let alone read it, will you choose to ignore and dismiss?

    • angie

      The part I am referring to is this “In the present study, only women who had epidurals were analyzed.
      Parturients who request epidurals may be different from those who do
      not, with longer, more painful, and dysfunctional labors. Thus,
      comparing women who request epidurals with those who do not might
      introduce a selection bias. For example, in our original randomized
      cohort of 405, the cesarean rate among women who did not request
      epidurals was 2.7%, whereas the overall abdominal-delivery rate among
      women with epidurals was much higher, at 12.5%.”

      To compare early and late epidurals and then try to sell the fact that one group has shorter labors than others as a debunking factor to my argument is a little off, don’t you think?

    • Poogles

      First, if you are going to post a study or article and there is only a small snippet within that study or article that actually supports what you are saying (especially if the rest of it is directly counter to your argument), it is generally more efficient to quote that particular snippet to begin with. If that particular snippet is simply relaying the results on an earlier study, it may be better to just…post the earlier study.

      Regardless, I think you’ve misunderstood the part you quoted (since, again, it is saying what I was saying earlier). They are saying that comparing women who request epidurals to those who do not introduces a selection bias – which can make it appear that the CS rate is higher in those that request epidural, when that is not actually the case. Again, comparing women who request epidurals to those who do not cannot take into account whether the women who requested epidurals are having “longer, more painful, and dysfunctional labors” which are more likely to end with a CS than those who do not experience particulary long, painful or dysfunctional labors (and don’t request an epidural because they don’t need/want one).

      “To compare early and late epidurals and then try to sell the fact that one group has shorter labors than others as a debunking factor to my argument is a little off, don’t you think?”

      Well, it was the study you posted, as “a good start” in defense of your argument that the “cascade of interventions” actually exists; I was simply replying to the “evidence” you provided, and pointing out that it does not support your assertions. Also, the study found that active management in itself (that is, pitocin, monitoring, vaginal exams, etc.) shortened labor, regardless of when the epidural was placed, so it’s not just a case of early epidurals having shorter labors, but the whole so-called “cascade of interventions” leading to shorter labors.

  • Over informed consumer

    Oh my, I need an umbrella to cope with all the pissing contests in these comments. Its important that Kristen and all other mothers are making INFORMED decisions about pain relief and giving birth so they make the decision that’s best for them and their baby. I get irritated at obstetricians, midwives and sanctimommies of either extreme that emotionally blackmail women into giving birth the way they think it should be done. I did my research. I didn’t have a birth plan. I had birthing preferences. Most of them went in the bin when I went into labour at home, waters broke and there was meconium liquor. I had a birth that I’m happy with. More importantly I have a bubbly, happy 18 month old currently decorating the kitchen with chalk. Who cares how she came into the world. You can’t tell by looking at her whether I had a Caesar or natural with no drugs birth. You also can’t tell if she was breast or bottle fed ( while we’re talking about mummy contests). do what’s right for you and be properly informed about it.

  • flymetothemoo

    How about not pumping your baby full of strong pain killers and meds right before birth? Sorry but you are choosing your own comfort over the baby’s. Fine if that is what you want, but less drugs= better for baby without a doubt. Also meds often prolong the agony of labor and very often the epidural doesn’t work. Now you’ve wasted tons of money AND the only one screwed up by the drugs is baby.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wendy.eidman Wendy Eidman

    I wonder if she’s ever considered having sloths at the delivery. She could give birth in a bathing pool, with sloths all around her, maybe a few in the pool… Srsly — she should work that into her birthing plan, She’s a celeb — she could do a “birth/save the rainforest” thing. Two birds, one stone.

  • birthmumma

    so her basic concern is because she is afraid of natural childbirth so rather than empowering herself she gets defensive about ‘nothing to prove’, it speaks volumes about her lack of trust in her body and what birth is about…this is what is wrong with childbirth and women’s attitudes to it….sad so sad that attitudes like this to birth are being promoted but basically misinformed celebrities that just fuel the fear….very typical of Gen Y lets just avoid difficultly at all costs.