Mila Kunis Proves That Celebrity Moms Can Promote Natural Childbirth Without Mommy Shaming
Let’s call her the anti-Silverstone. Mila Kunis finally, officially confirmed her (obvious) pregnancy on Ellen yesterday. In addition to the obligatory conversation about her fiancé Ashton “Trucker hat” Kutcher and her various pregnancy-related food cravings (sauerkraut!), Mila also expressed her desire to have a natural labor and delivery in the most laid back, non-annoying way possible (ie: without going on and on about how wonderful labor is or trying to mommy shame those of us who chose to pop our kids out in a haze of medicated bliss.)
The interview as a whole was refreshing because unlike a lot of other celebrity moms (I’m looking at you, Paltrow) Kunis kept it real. Instead of giving the audience some bullshit story about how she wants to “truly experience” labor or “become one with the placenta,” (or whatever Alicia Silverstone acolytes are saying nowadays), she explained her choice like this:
“We watched a couple of documentaries and we looked into the like the you know midwife aspect of it and things and spoke to my OB/GYN and realized that the hospital that I’m going to be laboring in does have a midwife, you know, Doula type of thing. So I’m gonna do it as all natural as I possibly can unless there’s an emergency or something [goes] wrong.”
I love this. It’s short, sweet and devoid of any judgment or the type of one-size-fits-all recommendations that have become par for the course when it comes to celebrity motherhood. I also think it’s great that she’s not so gun-ho about her choice that she’s blind to the possibility of something going wrong. Too many celebrity moms see their pregnancy and motherhood as another opportunity for recognition and fail to remember to that real women take their advice and look up to them (cough Jenny McCarthy cough). Take note, Hollywood mommy mafia!
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