Miranda Kerr Touts the Benefits of Natural Childbirth

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 by from Celebrities, Stilettos, & Sippy Cups

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When Miranda Kerr began researching the options for childbirth when she was pregnant with her first, she decided going natural was the right choice for her. One of the reasons for the decision was the reaction she saw in birthing movies between a baby that was born through a drug-free birth and a baby that was born to a mother with an epidural. According to Kerr, “The baby was a little bit drugged up and I was like, ‘Well, I don’t want that,’ […] I wanted to give him the best possible start in life I could.” In contrast she says, “I had been watching all these baby bonding videos and [without an epidural], when the baby comes out it goes straight onto the breast.”

I support a women’s right to choose the type of birth they have – whether that be with an epidural or without. What I don’t enjoy or support is any women putting down the choice of another. While some babies may be less responsive to the breast after an epidural, I am not 100% positive that the epidural was the cause. All three of my children were born with an epidural or spinal block. Not one of them had a problem breast feeding as soon as they were placed on my breast. With my first, it was an hour or so until I saw him after my C-section but with my second, a VBAC, she was eating heartily while they were still stitching me up. So while an epidural may have some effect on a baby, it is unfair to call them drugged.

Did you have an epidural? Did your babies feed right away?

What do you think? Miranda Kerr Touts the Benefits of Natural Childbirth

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Heather Montgomery is a freelance writer with a background in Elementary Education and an almost embarrassing need to read celebrity gossip. As a work-at-home mom to three children, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She was married in 2003 and currently resides in Florida. ... More

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  1. Avatar of Janice Janice says:

    I was induced and had an epidural with my first son and went all natural with my second son, and I have to say that it was a world of difference. We had issues trying to get my first son to latch and he was a little lethargic, while my second son latched almost instantly and was so alert. I can’t say if it was the epidural that made a difference, but I can say that if we ever go for a third child I am definitely planning to do it naturally again!

  2. Avatar of Kathy Kathy says:

    I had a spinal block because of my C-section and my son had no trouble feeding. They brought him to me in recovery. Then my husband took him back to our hospital room where he interacted with my husband and my mom, even looking like he was trying to talk to them. He didn’t act "drugged" at all.

  3. Avatar of Aimee Aimee says:

    You "support a women’s right to choose the type of birth they have – whether that be with an epidural or without. What I don’t enjoy or support is any women putting down the choice of another" which, to me, sounds judgmental of Ms. Kerr in stating her opinion. While the medical community continues to be torn on the issue of drugs inhibiting a newborn from breastfeeding, it is a reasonable concern for Ms. Kerr and other mothers. She was wasn’t putting down the choices of other mothers, she merely stated why having an epidural was not the right choice for her.

  4. Avatar of dschlitter dschlitter says:

    I had an epidural with both of my children. I never had any problems nursing either of them. I am currently pregnant with baby #3 and am not against the idea of having an epidural again if need be.

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