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!