Miranda Kerr covers Bazaar UK, talks about giving birth without an epidural

Miranda Kerr covers the new (August) issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK. The photo shoot is definitely horse-and-whip themed, with some bonus lingerie shots. I think Miranda has a beautiful face, and I like her on the runway and everything, but I don’t really need to see her in lingerie or anything. I just don’t find her that “sexy”. Beautiful, yes. Cute, of course. But sexy? Not really. So while I’m not crazy about the theme in these shots, I do think she looks gorgeous. In the Bazaar interview, Kerr talks about baby Flynn and getting back into shape and all of that. Some highlights:

Kerr on whether she’ll have more kids: “’I think probably, yes. Having a child is the most incredible experience. What’s surprised me most is just how incredible the bond is between you and your child. To watch him grow and evolve every day is really inspiring.”

Losing the baby weight: “’I didn’t feel pressure to snap back into shape. My priority was just having my son and breastfeeding, which was something I really wanted to do, and it came easily. I’m actually still making milk now but, you know, he’s got teeth.”

She loves to sing: “I love to sing, and I’ve recorded a few covers and originals with friends, but I haven’t written any songs” she reveals.

She doesn’t want Orly to watch her on the catwalk: “I never really want Orlando to be there [in the audience of a show] because it makes me nervous. But last year, he was like, ‘You have no choice, I’m coming’. And the one time he was attending the show, my shoe decided to fall off.”

Giving birth to Flynn: “I had made a decision that I wanted to do it [naturally]. I had been watching all these baby-bonding videos, and [without epidural] when the baby comes out it goes straight onto the breast” she explains. “Then they showed ones right after the epidural, and that didn’t happen. 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.”

The perfect morning: “To wake up to the sound of my son saying ‘Mama, mama!’ It’s the best sound ever. Then I just love to get him out of bed and he can jump into bed with us, and we have cuddle time.”

[Via The Mail and The Telegraph]

I always hear the natural-childbirth-mothers say things like “I didn’t want my baby to be drugged up” and “I wanted to give him the best possible start in life I could.” Here’s an honest question: is there any science to back up the idea that natural childbirth is the absolute best? Or, put another way, is there any scientific evidence to suggest that a baby being born with some drugs in his or her system – from the mother’s epidural – is somehow harmful in the long run? I’m not judging either way, I just know that if it ever happens for me, I want lots and lots of drugs and from what I’ve heard and seen, it really doesn’t make that big of a difference in the long run.

I’m also including some photos of Miranda and Orly Bloom yesterday in NYC, where Orly was literally DRAGGING her to see the Broadway show Peter And The Starcatcher.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and The Fashion Spot.

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  1. cr says:

    I want the cape.

  2. Laila says:

    Oy, I am getting sick of new age mothers attacking those who do take epidurals, don’t judge to each their own (especially you, breastfeeding extremists!).

    Secondly, Orly and Miranda don’t look happy in the last pics, he seems to have a temper. I have seen this in other pics too. I think on TMZ< he yelled at her for talking to paps.

    • ZigZagZoey says:

      Could not agree more. It is completely different for everyone. I was incredibly lucky and didn’t need any drugs, but I sure as hell don’t judge any one who needs them.

      • tooloose says:

        just reading this story I need them right now

      • RovingLass says:

        I’ve had 3 children. With the first one, the epidural didn’t take, had the second one with an epidural and the third one without because I felt that I didn’t needed one. It was all good because I left the hospital with 3 healthy babies.

    • Beta says:

      +1 on the epidural issue

    • Amelia says:

      Same here, Laila. Some women don’t want the pain – which is totally understandable and not be laughed at. And some willl never have a natural birth for medical reasons. So these famous mothers need stop rubbing it in that they went all new-agey and felt connected to mother nature because it doesn’t necessarily make you a better parent or a better person just because you felt everything. It’s the birthing equivalent of slut shaming.
      And not feeling pressure to get back into shape? Bullsh*t. You’re a model. It’s your job to be in shape. I’d have far more respect for a lot of these women if they were blunt and said, yes, we’re expected to be in shape and no, it wasn’t easy.
      Rant over ^^ Flynn has got to be without doubt one of the cutest babas in HW.

      • Wiffie says:

        New age?? Try old school. 30 years ago, hardly anyone got an epi and it was no big deal. Our bodies are made for birth, and every other species seems to do JUST FINE. No shaming those who want drugs, but don’t shame those that don’t, either.

      • Camille (The original) says:

        @Amelia: +1. I agree with you.

      • moonriver says:

        Actually wiffy, homo sapiens have the narrowest pelvis (because we are fully erect bipeds) of all primates comparatively and have one of the most difficult childbearing experiences because of that fact. Our babies are born basically premature (the 9 month ish gestation period isn’t exactly long enough) because of our narrow pelvises. Our births are different experientially than other births.

    • Chicagogurl17 says:

      My future MIL has been a labor and delivery nurse for over 30 yrs. and she alternates 1 week every 2 months with pedes. She claims there is no side effect to the baby because it’s basically a local. It enters your nerves not your bloodstream. In fact, she says it’s easier when the woman does use drugs because it’s a calmer environment, they aren’t writhing in pain and they typical are up faster and get more time with the baby because they don’t need to bounce back right away “it softens the landing” is how she says it. It’s better to tear naturally for healing, yada yada. Either way she says testing has shown minimal to no damage and that you’re more likely to be eaten by a shark. The thing is most women are fuzzy due to exhaustion, body trauma, etc and I think they project. Regardless, save the hippie BS, when I pop out a kid, I hope to have the best drugs and birthing center my top rated hospital has to offer.

      • anne says:

        I didn’t have one with either of my daughter’s births and it was no big deal. If you want it, get it. If don’t need it, don’t. My decision was not planned in advance. No one made a big deal at all about ME having natural child birth. Geez

      • JessSaysNo says:

        The only way the baby would be “drugged up” is if the medication was put into their spine which its NOT. It doesn’t affect the baby. I had an epi but it didn’t work and I was freaking utterly miserable–sobbing and freaking out. Turns out I got an emergency c/s.

        Call me crazy, I don’t like pain and I like to avoid it whenever possible. Also– breastfeeding has NOTHING to do with epidurals. Perhaps more women breastfeed after a “natural” birth because that is their parenting approach. You’re more likely to only breastfeed if you’re the type to choose a medication-free birth. Conversely you may feel its OK to supplement with formula if you also accepted pain medication. But the epi has NOTHING to the with milk production, bonding, etc…

      • Sweettart says:

        Here’s an honest question: is there any science to back up the idea that natural childbirth is the absolute best?
        I researched all this before I had my first, and I did read that it is better . . . why I can’t remember.

        Part of it is that without an epidural, your body labors more efficiently.

        But read the pros and cons, and then go with what you feel comfortable with. I will just say that if you forego an epidural, you have to be committed and mentally prepared for it.

    • Seagulls says:

      I really don’t interpret what she said to be an attack on mothers who choose or require epidurals. From her research and perspective, it seemed healthier for her baby not to have an epidural, she didn’t have one. She gave her son what *she* felt was his best start. There’s no judgement inherent in what she said.

      Frankly, I could say that I’m sick of womn who choose epidurals saying that choosing natural birth is selfish or just for bragging rights. There *are* reasons women choose natural birth.

      • Lindsay says:

        What Seagulls said. One woman talking about her decision to birth one way does NOT mean she’s judging the way other mothers gave birth. I think many times women get very defensive when people talk about natural birth and breast feeding. I think it’s counterproductive.

    • Hels says:

      I agree with Seagulls. It baffles me that so many people took offense to her words. This is an interview. She was probably just answering a question the interviewer asked her.

    • Hels says:

      Laila, you sound really bitter. Miranda said she made the decision to deliver naturally and had the desire to breast feed but there was no attack at all in that article. I find it odd that so many take offense to her words when she was just doing what was right for her. Maybe dig deep within yourself to figure someone else’s personal preferences bother you so much. Bitter bitter…

  3. RocketMerry says:

    “Is there any science to back up the idea that natural childbirth is the absolute best?”

    I don’t know about that, I just know that an epidural can be quite dangerous. It is an injection that can have (and more often than one thinks does have) big side effects and actually give the whole birth-giving experience a horrible turn.
    It is becoming more and more popular because of the pain-scared culture we live in, and I would not blame a mother for wanting an epidural, especially if there is medical condition that requires it or very high pain sensitivity. Still, it is not as safe as one would think.

    • gee says:

      My mother had a heart attack when she was given an epidural when she had my sister. She made it through, but drugs can be risky. We should know the risks before we decide to take the drugs.

      • RocketMerry says:

        Glad she made it! Man, what a birth that must have been!

      • gee says:

        @RocketMerry My sister’s been a pain since the very beginning! LOL. And I’m glad she’s ok too.. or I would not be here.

    • Jess says:

      I had an epidural with my son. I was dilated to 9!!!! And they allowed me to get it because I was not progressing as my cervix had swelled because they said I could push before I was complete. I seriously wanted to throw myself out the window. My epidural injection site was painful for 8 months and I didn’t know if I had permanent nerve damage from it.

      I was doing fine laboring (dilated to 7 when I arrived at the hospital) until they hooked me up to the IV with “routine” pitosen drip. So yeah, epidurals are scary, pitosen is worse…

      • Sweettart says:

        I was doing fine laboring (dilated to 7 when I arrived at the hospital) until they hooked me up to the IV with “routine” pitosen drip. So yeah, epidurals are scary, pitosen is worse

        That is what you have to be careful of. Depending on the hospital you deliver in, some of them can be very pro-intervention. Actually, I think most are.

        Pitocen you want to stay away from if at all possible, because it takes your body out of the natural labor process.

        I actually tried having an epidural with my second, but it didn’t take, and like yours, I had pain at the site for a year later.

        Also, if you’re not having an epidural, don’t let them break your water. The pain of the contractions instantly goes from 0 to 100 once they do.

      • Jess says:

        Yeah…they broke my water right after hooking me up to the drip and I wasn’t getting past 9. I think they purposely ruined my chances of going natural (though I managed a vaginal birth without tearing. Also, the Dr. was asleep down the hall when my son came. The nurses delivered him!)

  4. cmc says:

    She looks incredible. And the photos at the end are SO cute and hilarious. He’s like “Hurry up, Miranda, we’re going to miss the start!!!” He looks like a super-excited little kid.

    Very sweet little family. Not much to snark on, I’m afraid.

    • Katie says:

      I actually looks like they are both trying to politely get away from the dude trying to get in Miranda’s for a picture. The do look happy to me though. I think they are cute together. Much better than orlando and Kate bosworth.

  5. Blue says:

    Ya, I knew i was going to have an epidural as soon as I found out I was pregnant. Once that first contraction hit. I was ready for the drugs. I didn’t notice my daughter being out of it, just crying from having to come out.

    • Ken says:

      Exactly! I will be having them totally when I give birth. These people are anoying lately, “attachment parenting”.

      • Rhea says:

        Maybe she doesn’t mean to judge other mom about epidural. From her tone, I don’t think she’s like Gisele who likes to tell everybody the right way to be a perfect mom. It’s more like telling her story of why she decided to do it without epidural, and the situation made it possible for her to not using it at that time.

        I’m sure no one would feel she’s judging other mom if she said she decided to do it natural without epidural because wanting to give the best start, bla bla bla BUT for medical safety reason, she needs an emergency c-section.

  6. Ari says:

    Yes, I agree. Cute yes, sexy hell no. Its like her face is a baby face and her body is a sexy body. Totally mismatched. Her kid is adorbs!

  7. Tillie says:

    I like her shoes in the last pictures

  8. Nessa says:

    I think she is so beautiful. And I love the way she dresses. They really are an adorable family.

  9. embertine says:

    Hmm, I am not a nurse (IANAN) but I have a friend who is and lots of friends who have young babies. I had understood that it was only if you have pethidine that the baby can be a bit groggy and have problems feeding.

    Which indeed did happen to my friend who is a nurse. Baby is fine now – he’s a fussy eater, but then his mum is super picky so he probably picked that up from her.

  10. sarah says:

    That is seriously the cutest little family.

    I’ve had two children. 1 with an epidural and 1 without (not by choice, by no time). They both turned out fine. I didn’t see a difference in the way they behaved or acted right after they were born. If I had to do it all over again, I’d get to the hospital in time for the epidural on the 2nd kid.

    • blouson says:

      Me too. I had my last child without an epidural partly to see what all the fuss was about. I was lucky and had a great birth (ie short and relatively low pain with no problems) but honestly? My first dughter was the only one that latched on right away and she was from a long birth with heaps of drugs. I was no more bonded to the child with a “natural” birth than the others. It just hurt more!

  11. Sandy says:

    Here in Japan you’re not offered a choice, I’m not really sure why. There are just no pain meds offered at all during delivery, it’s all natural. I’m due in November and I’m not looking forward to the pain…but I’ve never found the idea of a needle to my spine appealing either. I just have to grin and bear it like all the Japanese moms have before me. How about other countries? Anyone else have this no epidural policy?

    • RocketMerry says:

      Well, here in Italy they used to discourage from getting an epidural unless strictly necessary because of the side effects (see gee’s post a bit up on the thread…), though now it’s much more common practice.

      Hang in there, hopefully it will be a relatively painless birth :)

    • Rachel says:

      Here in Holland it’s also by no means as common as it is in the US. Most moms don’t even ask for one, it’s just a different mindset. I think both options are fine and everyone should really do what they feel comfortable doing. I believe in the end that is the most important thing for the mom and the baby.

    • ZigZagZoey says:

      Good luck to you Sandy! I didn’t need the drugs at all. I hope you have an easy time like I did! ☻
      I did have a bad back after giving birth though ~ And if I had had an epidural I am quite sure I would have blamed it on that.

      • Seagulls says:

        I have a little dip in my spine after my baby; I’m not sure if it was from the pregnancy or the spinal (for c section), but it makes the muscles all around the area soooo tense and painful.

      • ZigZagZoey says:

        Crap, I hope it feels better quickly Seagulls.
        Stretching seems to help more than anything.
        Chronic pain is a sucky place to live, but almost everyone ends up living here. :(

  12. cr says:

    “Conclusions: Epidural analgesia has little effect on trend of labor and duration of first breastfeed and none on neonatal outcome. A new protocol of epidural analgesia may solve these side effects.”


  13. Jessica says:

    Lets see, how much did he weigh when he was born? My son was 10 pounds 24 and a half inches long… lets see if she carried a baby that big and opted to not have an epidural… they made me do an emergency c-section because my son was so big! I had to have my mother go home and grab some 6 month old onesies for him to wear because the newborn ones were too small for him!!! lol

    • bee says:

      Her son was actually 9 lbs, 12 oz. at birth.

    • Rhea says:

      Whoaa!!! That’s big!!! But your son must be cute and chubby… :)

      • Jessica says:

        he was at birth, but now he is 8 years old and is still small (normal I should say) but he eats me out of house and home!!! My daughter was 9 pounds 8 ounces and was 20 inches and of course I had to have another Csection with her because of the first one… she will be my trouble maker, she has my white blonde hair and daddy’s blue eyes… she is very head strong for a 4 year old.. quite frankly, she scares the crap out of me!!! LOL

    • Andria says:

      A woman at my birth center had a 12 lb baby, vaginal delivery no drugs. I was in the waiting room on a prenatal visit when the baby was born. I don’t even think she tore. Crazy!

  14. GossipyinTexas says:

    Giving birth as naturally as possible has many advantages – shorter labor, less likely to need pitocin, freedom of movement is comfortable and helps bring the baby down, less likely to need a c-section, forceps, or vacuum. After giving birth naturally I felt empowered, strong, and confident in my instincts, which is a good way to start off motherhood. I’ve done it twice, and it sucks in the moment but you really do forget the pain. There are lots of advantages BUT I would never judge anyone who learns the facts and makes an informed decision to go with an epidural. I don’t think naturally-minded mamas should be judged either. Go Miranda!

    • Rachel says:

      +1 on everything

    • MsCatra says:


      I didn’t go natural (had Nubain), but I did go epi-free, and if we have another I hope to do it the same again. But, I DEFINITELY don’t judge those who choose the epi. It’s a personal decision. Also, just wanted to add that choosing no epi doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to nurse right away. I had to wait until after the top set of stitches were complete before being allowed to try.

    • Elliejo says:

      Good post GossipyinTexas.

      I think whatever works for the woman is what is best. I had a scheduled, completely elective c-section. Definitely not the norm. My doctor, who is head of one of the big OB-GYN practices here (Las Vegas) and really well respected, was totally supportive, and never questioned my decision. My very healthy daughter’s birth was quick, easy, scheduled, and completely painless from start to finish. All wonderful things for me, which was empowering in it’s own way, lol. My recovery also was amazingly fast. I felt great within 12 hours, and was back on the treadmill within two weeks.

      BUT, that was what worked for me, and I respect every woman’s birth choices. It is such a personal decision. Miranda came across as honest, and to me, not at all preachy or judgmental.

  15. Madpoe says:

    Well cave woman gave birth without drugs, so whatever works for the woman its her choice. Also, could Orly not drag that poor girl to her knees in that last pix! WTF

    • Krill says:

      The average life span of cavemen and women was around 25, so your example isn’t really that relevant here.

      • Seagulls says:

        Seen lots of mastodons and dire wolves recently? Our evolutionary history is most certainly relevant, though obviously it isn’t the last word.

  16. Sillyone says:

    I find her to be cute, not sexy not beautiful just cute. Like a little bunny cute. (not playboy bunny either)

  17. Lola B says:

    My 1st was 8lbs10oz & no epidural (epi didnt work bc of scar tissue in my spine d/t frequent spinal taps) It was an awful experience. Couldn’t get the baby out bc head was slightly turned. Pushed for almost 3 hrs. Awful. Baby couldn’t latch on after bc I was too busy getting a blood transfusion d/t hemorrhage.
    2nd baby a whole pound more 9lbs 10oz. Epi worked this time. Baby out in 2 pushes. Latched right on. No problems. Wonderful experience for me, baby, husband and my sister, my mom and best friend who witnessed the birth!
    Moral of that story: do what’s right for YOU. Screw what other ppl say.

  18. Karen says:

    This whole North American fear of childbirth pain is ridiculous. I had a case of stomach flu that was more painful than birthing my two sons. That was continuous, doubled over, sweating pain. At least with contractions and pushing, it comes and goes. Plus, what’s this rush to have C-sections? It is major surgery and the recovery is much longer. Breast feeding is wonderful too. If you can, you should do it as long as possible. It’s great for mom and baby. Too many women give it up too easily because they want to drink booze or they have trouble with latching on etc. Give it time. You’ll never regret it. It creates such a strong bond with mommy and baby.

    • cr says:

      Some women really don’t have that much pain. Some do. A lot of pain.


      • Rhea says:

        +1. Every women is different. I’ve done it twice naturally because it was happening fast for the first one, and REAL fast for the second one that my hubby can not even make it to the hospital in time :D (I went there by myself with the taxi from my house at 4.30 in the morning while hubby made an arrangement for a friend to look after my oldest child and the baby was born 10-15 minutes after). If I’m having a hard, long hours labour I would definitely asking for an epidural.

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      Wow Karen , judgmental much? I find it funny you think women choose to drink booze instead of breast feed their babies and because your experience was not as painful as it could have been , we must be super wimps because we choose to have an Epi. That must be a nice view from your pedestal.

    • Isa says:

      Probably bc of the pitocin, but my contractions were on top of each other. It was like transitional labor when I was a 4!

    • KK says:

      Why is everything a generalization of a whole continent? Do you know everyone in the US and Canada Karen? I’m South American but I was raised in the US and call it my home. I’ve had several surgeries and went home with no pain pills but I did have an epidural. My labor was so painful my daughter came out with a football head from being in the canal so long. Then my placenta didn’t deliver so they had to remove it manually. So much blood I almost needed a transfusion. And I was unable to bond with my daughter because of this right after the birth. I was also unable to breastfeed as I had bells palsy and stopped producing milk even though I pumped until my nipples bled. Get off your high horse, my daughter drank formula and she is a happy, well adjusted kid. I have no regrets. BTW plenty of moms who breastfeed are shitty mothers who otherwise have no bond with their child. Breastfeeding is not some magical act that creates an immediate bond. The mother/child bond is so much more than just breastfeeding.

    • Seagulls says:

      In the first place, the aren’t many mothers rushing to have c sections – insurance concerns and hospital policies drive a lot more of them than any other factor – and secondly, breast feeding sometimes needs help. You make it sound like latching issues are moms being lazy; I’m glad it was super duper easy for you, but I couldn’t have figured it out without my third lactation consultant.

      Please let us know where you’re from so that we can diagnose your continent’s problems and let you know how it’s all your own fault.

  19. Jade says:

    Ahh can she stop talking about giving birth already like she’s some kind of super-human-mother hybrid! Yes we get it, you were in labour for more than 15 hours without drugs. Kudos to you! These smug mothers are annoying!! I used to like Miranda but she really put me off with all these super birthing stories.

    • Carol says:

      Jinx! Ha ha

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      Yep she’s milkin the birth story too much but what else does a supermodel talk about?

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Rose quartz facials, silly! It’s terribly good for your ‘wellness’ and vitality which uses the universe’s natural vibrations to stimulate sub-pore activity to sync up your internal processes to the music of the spheres and that rhythmic impulse naturally leeches impurities out of the skin leaving behind naught but the purified and vibrant dermal regions and encodes your DNA with with naturally stimulating radiance imperatives.

        Look, I can take you on as a protogé if you display a humble heart, willing spirit, several translations of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, candy and the allergy medicine that is required in order to make me the mentor that you need me to be and hayfever is just not consistent with that.

        A propos of nothing, who is listed as beneficiaries on your life insurance? I just want everyone to stay safe–like Clovis did when he lamented the lonliness he felt when *someone* dispatched of his family members. This is intense and focused long-term scholarship and of your kinfolk need a nice, warm tennement and security during this ordering of the soul upon which you will soon embark.

        Now, the journey commences!

  20. Gin Genie says:

    Current research suggests that in terms of labour length, forcep usage there is no difference between epidurals and natural childbirth. Also no difference with the number of women who require an emergency caesarean. The issue appears to be more around breast feeding, and anecdotal evidence that epidural births lead to delayed suckling. This has not been backed up in trials however.

    Interestingly, there is evidence that mothers seeking natural childbirth who have to receive intervention can experience psychiatric symptoms including depression, OCD and phobic symtoms. The advice seems to be plan ahead for the birthing experience you would like, but remain flexible.

  21. Carol says:

    If someone were to go through a painful root canal (not even comparing that to childbirth) and say “No thanks, no meds for me.”, everyone wouldn’t think this person a hero- we would think them mad! I think it’s a personal choice for everyone but I know my contractions caused my heart rate to be at 180 for two hours until they could stabilise me, which is far more dangerous than a little epidural. In our civilised society I cannot imagine someone trying to force any mother to go through unnecessary agony for a day our two on end. In cynical though so for all I know it’s the PR machines if these celebrities trying to convince us of how superhuman and better than us they are.

  22. kay says:

    Natural birth can be just as traumatic to the baby. I had drugs with my first, because quite frankly, her being born and the first thing she hears is her mommy screaming in pain- not comforting. She was not drugged up, she went right to my breast and we bonded. For heaven’s sake.

    With my second I had pre-eclampsia so the epi was mandatory. He was fine as well.

    maybe she watched the wrong videos or something. she sounds like a moron. no, like Gisele.

  23. GoodCapon says:

    Are they seriously running out of ideas? Equestrian-themed?? Really?

    The fourth photo is wonderful though.

  24. Isa says:

    I had lots of drugs with my first birth, two shots then an epidural. I slept through most of my labor And my baby came out wide awake and alert. I can’t imagine her being any more alert. My son was born with a csection. T was a horrible experience and he ended up in the NICU for a week.
    I haven’t done much reading as to if it is safe or not but there is a risk anytime someone sticks a needle in your spine. Personally I feel like my back has never been the same. Possibly from all the weight in the front but I think mainly from the epidural and spinal. Sometimes when I lay down it hurts until it settles. And it just basically feels a lot weaker. I’m not sure if this is something I can correct bc I haven’t tried yet.

    • Seagulls says:

      Hey! Me too! I always try to do some of those cat stretches before I lie down or it hurts. Also, if you try to really tighten your abs, that seems to help pull the muscles in the back nicely.

  25. Bella Bella says:

    I had two c-sections. Both of my children are fine and without trying to sound like an asshole, they are both very smart and beautiful. If you want a natural child birth that’s fine. Perfectly fine. I just can’t stand the implication that other mothers make choices that leave their children drugged to convenience themselves. It also makes me so angry when just because someone managed to squeeze a watermelon out of their lemon they are somehow morally superior.

  26. Sam says:

    I got the epidural. Wasn’t planning on it, but it happened. She still came straight to me afterward. Some people prefer natural and some people would rather the epidural, I don’t think one is better than the other.

  27. Me says:

    There is proof and it is extensive. Its not something that can be summed up in a paragraph. If those who chose to do things in a more medical way are offended by this or those who chose to keep it more natural, that’s just silly. Sure there are the “holier than thou’s” but that certainly isnt the majority. It comes down to educating yourself on the subject and on your choices. No one will ever take care of you and your child like yourself and your child. This of course only applies to healthy normal pregnancies. If you dont have a normal healthy pregnancy then a medical approach is obviously the absolute totally unquestioned best choice.

  28. TK says:

    I had my 10lb 23 inch son completely natural. I chose to have him naturally and was able to. I don’t think she is attacking anyone for their choices, she was just stating her opinion, whether its true or not.
    I’m pro natural and pro epidural.(hooray for choices!) What I am not interested in, is mothers scheduling their c-sections for vanity reasons or ‘fear of pain’

    • Rhea says:

      I agree. I don’t feel that she is attacking anyone for their choices, she was just stating her opinion. I’m sure no one would feel she’s judging other mom if she said she wants to do it naturally (because wanting to give the best start, bla bla bla) BUT for medical safety reason she needs an emergency c-section.

  29. Kyrie says:

    I have to say that if I had another child I would not get the epidural again. I got it with my first 3 kids but with my youngest daugher my blood pressure dropped drasticly and I literally passed out cold, when they managed to wake me I puked all while my daughter was minutes from being born. It was ridiculous and scary and I would never do it again. But I don’t judge anyone, just know theree are risks either way :)

    • cr says:

      Well, that’s it: pregnancy is risky, period, though much less so now in areas with decent healthcare.
      And every woman is different, and every pregnancy is different.
      A co worker of mine has two children-both pregnancies were very easy and she had a total of 4 hours hard labor for both births, no epidural, no pain killers, nothing(she got a lot of ‘hate’ for that at work).
      My sisters, OTOH, had hard labors for their children, and their last kids were c-sections because of the difficulties in the first births-docs just thought it was healthier and safer that way.
      Do what is medically and emotionally best for you and your baby, just don’t presume that it’s correct for everyone else.

  30. bigchili says:

    I don’t think she’s being preachy, but I don’t know what she’s talking about in regards to not holding/breastfeeding the baby immediately if you have an epi?? I was induced due to blood pressure issues and my contractions were horrible and things went really slow until I received my epi. After that things got so much better and I finally started to progress. When my son was born I was able to breastfeed right away, he latched on with no problems, and he wasn’t drugged up. When it comes to childbirth, everyone just needs to focus on what’s right for them in their situation and not what anyone else wants to do. If you want to share your exeperience go ahead, I think it’s good to hear a lot of different stories since every birth is different, but share and don’t judge.

  31. NYC_girl says:

    I think it’s up to each woman what she wants to do. My mother had a “saddle block” and they also had to pull me out with forceps which they clamped on my face! I have a very vague scar on one cheekbone. I did NOT want out. I wonder if it makes a difference what position you’re birthing in? I.e, my friend chose to squat and hold on to a pole. All you mothers out there, I salute you!

  32. Turtle Dove says:

    Is she STILL talking about the birth??!! The kid is walking and eating solids… Geez, this chicka is going to milk this one until the kid hits college.

    I like her but I am sick of her child and birth pimping for attention.

  33. Carol says:

    I don’t think she meant to sound judgmental. I just think her wording is a little unfortunate with the “I wanted to give him the best possible start I could” which could be interpreted as the rest of us who didn’t go natural made the choice because we didn’t give a flip. Would I have gone through a drug-free labor? Probably not, but boy do I wish I could have found out. Our oldest was an emergency c-section at 25 weeks. I wasn’t even supposed to go into labor after that, although our second arrived early, too. Then two scheduled c-sections. I’ve been unconscious. I’ve had an epidural, a spinal block, and an epi/spinal block combo. I remember a bad headache after one, but that was the only complication and my back feels fine. The younger two latched as soon as I got to hold them. I think every parent wants the best for his/her children and I become so discouraged when moms start judging each other. Being a parent is hard enough without having to measure up to others’ standards.

  34. Hanna says:

    Those very few minutes are very important. Studies have shown that the baby regonizes the mothers heartbeat (that’s why they keep it to their chest) and then they get some kind of “connection”. My mum also told me that it was a very special moment, almost surreal. Hey, do whatever you wanna, but I’m just sayin’.

  35. char says:

    empty airhead, obviously has done nothing else in life worth talking about or otherwise she won’t be talking about her childbirth and breast feeding experience for the 10,000 times.

    • Amanda_M87 says:

      I agree with you 100%. I think its sad that it seems like she has nothing else going for her.

      • Hels says:

        LOL @ these comments. What about you sitting at home commenting on her life while she’s making millions traveling around the world modeling. But she’s the empty airhead with nothing going for her. What’s wrong with people?

  36. Liz says:

    I think its a very personal matter when it comes to whether you use drugs to stop the pain or not during labor. Speaking from experience labor is intensely painful, I didn’t have an epidural with both of my labors but not because I wanted to be “new agey” but because I couldn’t stand the thought of a needle that freakin huge going up my back and when I really thought of it (months before labor even started) I didn’t want to take drugs for my own reasons. I really wanted to know what was going on in my body during the labor. I know too many mothers who had to get a c-section because after they got an epidural they couldn’t feel anything and therefore when it came time to push out the baby they just couldn’t do it. I’m not sure how the drugs effect the baby, but I’ve heard mothers that have had permanent back problems or trouble with migraines. But like I said its a personal issue, just because someone said they didn’t use one doesn’t mean they think their better then you, its just a personal preference. One that most women make before even going into labor.

  37. KateK says:

    My labor and delivery with my son was nothing like I had imagined. I had major complications (and no epidural) and when my son was born, he wasn’t breathing. Thankfully, he pulled through. But, I didn’t get to “bond” immediately with him on my chest. As a matter of fact, it was hours before my husband and I were able to meet him in the NICU, which was a beautiful and special moment for us. He opened his eyes for us when we said his name. I felt like we bonded then. I didn’t get to hold him until the next day, but I still felt very close to him. I didn’t care how he came into the world, I was just grateful he was in my arms. That is all that should matter, right? Anyways, my childbirthing experience was far from natural and I never had an issue with bonding or feeling “connected” with my son compared to friends of mine who did it naturally/could hold their baby immediately.

  38. buckley says:

    This girls is starting to get on my nerves with her perfection.

  39. mimi says:

    I find it odd that she calls a baby “it”.

    I had epidural, and my baby went straight to the breast.

    Epidural was the best thing that happened to me during that labor, and I can’t imagine dealing and able to manage if I had to endure more pain.

    I know a mother of 2 who didn’t want epidural and was exhausted from the pain that she had assisted dlivery which is much much was dangerous for both mother and baby, and with greater risks.

    I can’t see why would anyone not use epidural as I can’t see why would anyone not use a shot before going to the dentist.

    Labor and birth is painful for the baby, too, so even though my baby didn’t seem to be drugged in the least bit, I’m not sure that would be so terrible that a baby wouldn’t feel so much pain when born.

  40. ladybert62 says:

    I love her face – it is sweet and beautiful at the same time. But I hate this photoshoot – it looks too kinky.

  41. Alex'sMommy says:

    Unfortunately I was one week overdue (which is as long as my dr would let me go) and had to be induced. I have been told that getting induced causes harder more unnatural contractions. They were so bad. I had an epidural. When I was receiving it I jumped and spinal fluid was leaking into my back. This causes the brain to sag which gives the worlds worst headache (that takes weeks to heal naturally) and forced me back to the er 5 days after birth. The remedy is a blood patch where they pretty much do another epidural they just put blood instead if medicine in so clot the part that is leaking. Instant relief. Despite all that, of I am induced again I will get another epidural because the pain is unreal. My daughter had no issues latching and is too smart in my opinion. She could have afforded a little dumbing down lol! I am 32 weeks pregnant with another girl and I pray labor starts on its own and I don’t need the dreadful pitocin. That stuff is the devil!

  42. Kayla says:

    Epidurals can be somewhat risky. I have heard that paralysis is a risk – permanent paralysis.

  43. Amanda_M87 says:

    This woman annoys me. I mean, she had her baby a year and a half ago and is still going on about this like she deserves some sort of special prize or something.

  44. Cheryl says:

    You know what else is natural about childbirth? Dying. Dying during childbirth is very natural. One out of 12 women died during childbirth before modern medicine and life saving interventions.

    Modern studies show that today’s epidurals (not the ones of 25 years ago) increase the pushing part of labor by an average of 5 minutes vs natural childbirth. No increase in csection rates or instrumental deliveries. Be very careful where you get your information. Most “studies” have lots of bias since its nearly impossible to do good (randomized, double blinded) studies on pregnant woman and children.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      How did you manage to find out about my pre-fab singing group The Puerperal Feverettes? Who do you know? Yeah, there’s a lot of turnover but the songs were solid.

  45. Rita says:

    Color me stupid but in one of Miranda’s untouch bikini photos a month ago, several comments pointed out c-section scar that was very obvious.

    Love her no matter what.

  46. efwcheryl says:

    Well, I had an epidural for my little 8lb girl, and it was great during the birth part, but the hospital forgot it, and after a while it was making my back cramp up and I pointed out to them that it needed to be removed…They did get it out with the quickness, followed by some IV pain killers. Now, since my daughter was so large that she fractured her clavical when she “popped” out of me after pushing for three hours, I feel that the epidural was a good idea. Just remember to have them removed when the child is born. She is now 24 and there were never any issues from the epidural drugs that she came into contact with. I think you have to make that decision for yourself.

  47. Kim says:

    She is very misinformed- babies dont get drugged up from epidurals and cant nurse.

  48. Isa says:

    I think there are good reasons to not get the epidural but the reasons she stated aren’t. I wonder if she saw videos of babies being born at different hospitals? Because some place thy just plop the baby in your chest, goo and all and others they take them away
    and clean then up/suction and do the apgar scores.
    Also breast feeding is different with every baby. Some babes latch right away others have issues. Even different breasts can affect it. My son was a lazy eater. He made an awful face when I tried to breast feed him. He didn’t want a bottle either and lost too much weight so they put a feeding tube in him. I pumped every two hours and got nothing! After I was released I contined to pump every two hours and I brought .5 oz after 24 hours (total from both breasts after 12 pumping sessions!) to add to his tube feeding. After he released he got better and soon was practically addicted to nursing! I eventually made more milk but always supplemented with formula. Nursing may be natural, but it’s far from easy. Those that have had an easy time are the lucky ones!

  49. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    This kind of reminds me about the way that early risers are praised but night owls are deemed to be morally corrupt?

  50. Ramona Q says:

    Look at that idiot chasing her with his camera phone.

  51. RHONYC says:

    hmmm…good for her.

    The US Supreme Court just passed a new Obama-bill:

    ‘it is now against the law for gorgeous lingerie-models/actresses, etc. to birth large, healthy ‘Gerber’ babies then snap back to size 0 a week after birth’.

    (yeah, you too Ms. Jolie!)

    word. ;-)

  52. natalina says:

    yeah thats annoying–im sure there was some other drug in her system that made child birth easy for her…like just b/c shes a model doesnt mean she has super woman powers and is not only beauitful but a trooper! she’s lame and her tiny head is annoying