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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Supermodel Gisele joins the ranks of bathtub homebirthers

GASP! What, you mean there's another one?!

A quick scan of the headlines this morning and I was surprised to read that model Gisele Bundchen is revealing where she gave birth to her son - at home, in the tub. Either whoever wrote it doesn't know "the dangers" of homebirth or thinks Gisele is a big girl who can make the decision for herself, because there were no criticisms, questions or raised eyebrows, just congratulations all around for the new mom and her husband, football player Tom Brady.

Not too pretty to push: Gisele does it her way. 

Although it sounds like Gisele is no dummy - initial reports indicated that she had delivered the baby in a hospital, so who knows - maybe that was a tactical maneuver to fend off the anti- crowd so she could just enjoy her birth and her baby and be left alone in peace.

Perhaps it's still too early, but I haven't seen any criticisms from the AMA or anyone else about her decision. Perhaps they don't read the celebrity gossip pages to know that Ricki Lake isn't the only celebrity to give birth at home. Maybe they think we don't know how to read, or haven't figured out how to use the Google Search function.

I bet after this, in addition to banning homebirths, they'll want to ban bathtubs, too. You can never be too careful when advocating for a mother and child's safety, right?


Caroline said...

I have to admit, I was so happy to hear about her waterbirth...It totally made my day.

The Deranged Housewife said...

I'm thinking A Baby Story actually did another NFL wife's home birth but I can't remember who it was; I'll have to look it up. I know I was very surprised they'd even show it, though.

Anonymous said...

I got a kick out of this one too. You see, I am Brazilian and live here in the US and had my #3 at home. Back in Brazil all the doctors in my family were scandalized by this. Did I not know that I could die having a baby at home? Didn't I know that we don't have babies at home anymore? Didn't I have enough money to deliver at the hospital? Well, #4 is on the way soon and my Mom said she received many visitors telling her to instruct me not to attempt home birth again. it could be dangerous. As if at the hospital it is 100% safe!!! hahahahah Anyway, this past Sunday I was vindicated. A Brazilian TV show (Fantastico) did a story with an exclusive interview with Gisele about her home birth and her reasons for having one. So now, maybe I will considered up to date on the new trends and maybe even a celebrity in my family because I had a home birth like Gisele Bundchen???!!! hahhaah People are so ridiculous and ignorant. :)