From the Mail:
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has used her blog to promote natural child birth. The 32-year-old, who is currently expecting her second child to NFL star Tom Brady, has commissioned a new blog post that supports a woman’s right to a drug-free labour.
The post, written by midwife Mayra Calvette who has spoken on behalf of the five-ft 11-in model in previous blog posts, is titled Gentle Birth: This Is The Way! It discusses a woman’s decision to give birth in her home while being cared for ‘by doulas, midwives and obstetric nurses’.
The blog post, seen on Blog.giselebundchen.com, was sparked last month after the Regional Council of Medicine of Rio de Janeiro’s banned the involvement of obstetricians in residential births. The decision also prohibited the use of doulas and midwives during hospital births.
The post by Ms Calvette, who was present when the model gave birth to her first child Benjamin Rein Brady in December, 2009, reads: ‘These resolutions disregard the most current scientific evidence, the recommendations of WHO and the Ministry of Health. Furthermore, these resolutions do not respect the right of freedom of choice of women, families and from the professionals themselves.’
It aims to discourage the rest of Brazil from following suit with such bans. Ms Calvette, an advocate for the home birth renaissance, delves into the extensive research she has conducted during a project titled the Birth Around The World Project.
‘I traveled through several countries, meeting different cultures and birth models that work,’ she wrote. ‘I realised that the most socially developed countries tend to offer a humane and woman-centered care. Pregnant women have the right to choose their companions during childbirth… have the same room for labour, birth and post partum… and can deny any procedure with her and her baby.’
She visited England, Germany, Holland, Austria, Sweden and New Zealand during her research trip.
The supermodel wrote on her blog in January: ‘When Mayra told me her idea about the [project] I thought it was a beautiful idea and knew that it would be really cool if she could share a little bit of this journey on my blog. 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!’
The Brazilian stunner, who married her quarterback husband in 2009, is not the first model to have publicly endorsed all-natural births.
Miranda Kerr sparked headlines last month after telling Harper’s Bazaar UK that she opted against epidural anesthesia when she gave birth to her son Flynn. The 29-year-old Victoria’s Secret star told the magazine that she decided to perform a natural birth after watching baby-bonding videos which showed that newborns go straight for the breast if they are without the medication. TheStir.com attracted a heated discussion, with one mother posting: ‘Being a supermodel doesn’t make you an expert.’
So as it turns out, OBs can’t doctor at a home, and doulas and/or midwives can’t doctor in hospitals in South America. Which, of course, is crap, because I, too, agree that a woman should be able to make the decision to birth her child in any which *safe* environment she chooses. I’m not always on the Gisele Boat, because I find that if often floats and covers quite a bit of ground on its own hot-ass air, but I totally agree with girlfriend on this.
What I do want to disagree with, however, is the side-note that the Mail added about Miranda Kerr’s anti-drug birthing comments that were made a few months ago. See, I’m really glad that Miranda was able to push out a kid without suffering any complications that would render a C-section necessary, because I just can’t imagine what kind of shape poor Miranda would be in if she had to undergo a C-section without any kind of medication or anesthesia.
That’s all I’ve got.
That, and go Gisele!
August 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm by Sarah
Every year the Met Gala happens in New York City, and every year it’s the same thing: super-big-name celebrities are invited gratis, and other, more fledging celebrities have to pay through the nose to secure admission (no joke—Kate Upton paid $25k for her ticket and she does CAT DADDY), and you have good fashion and bad fashion and not a whole lot in between. The event’s always cool, though, because you get to see the best and the worst of celebrity fashion and this year was no exception.
In today’s list, we have Jessica Biel, who wouldn’t be on this list if it weren’t for her engagement to Justin Timberlake (that’s actually not true, but it’s probably how she feels about the situation); Emma Stone, who looks like every little-girl-who-prefers-red-instead-of-pink’s fairy princess come true; Marion Cotillard and bangs that are as short and choppy as that one time when I cut my own with meat scissors back in after I saw them on some girl on E! on wine night—only difference is they look good on her; Gisele Bundchen, who can barely do any wrong (’til she opens her mouth, anyway); and Camilla Belle, who is really coming into her own and looking fierce as hell.
Honorable mention? Carey Mulligan, up top. Not many people can pull off a dress that says, “No, don’t look at me—look at you!”
#5 – Jessica Biel
#4 – Gisele Bundchen
#3 – Marion Cotillard
#2 – Emma Stone
#1 – Camilla Belle
Who looked the best?
May 8, 2012 at 9:30 am by Sarah
I don’t know about you guys, but these lists always intrigue the crap out of me. These celebrity “power couples,” as they’re often referred to, bring in, like, unbelievable wads of cash annually. Jaw-dropping amounts.
I mean, this kind of money is money that I can’t even fathom having, and the craziest part is that there are people out there – both single and partnered up – who earn, like, quadruple this.
Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady topped the list this year, bringing in just around $76 million bucks. And that’s just the reported income. You can’t tell me that there isn’t some under-the-table stuff going on somewhere there.
The rest of the list is as follows:
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August 22, 2011 at 10:30 am by Sarah
Okay, not “hate her” hate her, but like, “Girl, you are one of the most beautiful women in the world, you’re married to Tom Brady and now Forbes is saying you’re on track to be the first billionaire model? I hate you.”
Between her high-end endorsement deals, eco-friendly clothing and jewelry line and countless modeling gigs over the year, Gisele Bündchen has made a pretty penny by just working hard. Forbes also cites her investment in pricey real estate as one of the many assets that will keep her wealthy long after she’s not a full-time mugger.
I wonder how Tyra “Bankable Productions” Banks feels about this news. I’m guessing there’s not a smize in sight today over at her place.
June 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm by Molls
Let it be said that I think Gisele Bundchen is one of the most beautiful women on the planet. I don’t know – I just think she’s classically gorgeous, and she apparently takes good care of herself. With that prelude, let me launch into what I think about her ideas: I think they’re fucking stupid. And hey, I also think they suck.
If you remember Gisele’s long-winded diatribe about the legal aspect of breastfeeding, you probably won’t be surprised to know that girlfriend here is all-organic and flaxed-out and avoids all sorts of free-radicals for her health and her beauty. I guess it’s kind of what she lives by.
Anyway, Gisele decided to talk about sunscreen the other day, and how it’s ‘poison‘ to anyone who uses it. (Because, you know, it’s so totally hot and healthy to emanate a radioactive tan coupled with bagging, sagging suitcase-grade skin.) Bundchen, in an interview, says:
‘I cannot put this poison [sunscreen] on my skin. I do not use anything synthetic.’
First of all, people that say fucking EVERYTHING is poison? Really bother me. ‘Don’t use antibiotics … they’re POISON.’ ‘Don’t drink water from your tap … it’s POISON.’ ‘Don’t use unbleached flour … DUH, it’s POISON!’
You want to know what’s fucking poison? Sucking back a can of industrial-strength RAID. That, guys? Is hardcore. THAT is poison.
Experts, though, on the subject had this to say in response to Gisele’s comments:
“Sunscreen prevents damage to the skin and is of fundamental importance for the prevention of cancer. This is not any poison, when a public person makes a statement like this, it creates confusion.”
Gisele, though I think she’s brutally beautiful, loses a lot of credibility in my eyes when she opens her mouth a lot of times. Because for someone who only goes out in the sun before the sun’s rays are searing (read: she claims she doesn’t hit the world after 8 AM and that’s her ‘sunscreen’), girlfriend’s got an awfully genuine-looking tan ALL OF THE TIME.
“I would like to clarify the misunderstanding about the use of sunblock. I do use sunblock but also I try my best not to be exposed to the sun when it is too strong. My line of skincare products are all natural and do not contain SPF. I feel we all need to pay more attention to what we are putting on our skin. I definitely know the importance of using sunscreen and I try to look for more natural options. This is a place where they have a list of some more natural option sunscreens, check it out … “
… So, does this redeem her? Again?
February 7, 2011 at 9:00 am by Sarah
These are the first up-close pictures I’ve seen of Benjamin Brady (in Miami yesterday with his nanny) since he was like, fresh out that womb and wrinkly as hell, and I have to say, he’s a pretty good-looking baby. He’s like a chill, subtle hottie. He has sensitive eyes. Is he sexy? No. I wouldn’t use that word. But he has time.