At first you might think ‘Who would have thunk? Supermodels are choosing to have natural homebirths with midwives?’ But Gisele’s waterbirth at home is testament to the wide range of women from all walks of life who are choosing woman-centered, safe, instinctive, autonomous birth at home. Hopefully her birth story will inspire some much needed birth change both in the US and in her home country of Brazil where 36% of babies are born surgically via c-section. In some private obstetrics practices in Brazil the cesarean rate is a shameful 90%. But bravo to Gisele! Check out more about Gisele’s experiences with birth mothering on her blog.
“Giving birth was the most intense and life-changing experience of my life. I am blessed to have been able to have a home birth surrounded by love , where I was able to feel safe. It was a powerful experience. I never felt so vulnerable but so strong at the same time. It was amazing to experience my body become free to do what it was made to do by allowing my mind and my body to let go and be free to experience the changes taking place within… I was just there… focusing on my breathing and relaxing the best that I could… so present, to witness the biggest miracle in my life happen before my very own eyes….”
She told the interviewer that she had opted for homebirth with a midwife after watching Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein’s “The Business of Being Born,” a documentary about homebirth, hospital birth, midwives and the choices women sometimes have — and sometimes have to face — when bringing a baby into the world.
Other celebs who have had homebirths: Pamela Anderson, Demi Moore, Meryl Streep, Ricki Lake, Kelly Preston, Ani Difranco, Julianne Moore, Lucy Lawless, Alyson Hannigan, Maria Bello, Cindy Crawford, Erykah Badu, Nellie Furtado….