Miranda Kerr Touts the Benefits of Natural Childbirth
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
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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?