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20 Celebrity C-Sections – Who Went Under the Knife By Choice or By Emergency?

Jessica Simpson Reportedly Had a C-section

While some may – at first glance – think of this as a celebration of the C-section, it’s more a look at women who went through the surgery by no choice of their own and those who opted to try to have more control over their birth story.

Some mother’s have labored for days, putting their baby’s and even their own lives at risk and have had to have an emergency C-section. While other moms are so busy that they not only wanted to schedule in their birth but the thought of vaginal birth was too daunting for them to do.

Those who decide to schedule a C-section have their own reasons, but the choice is theirs to make and shouldn’t be judged. And others, and I am one of them, had to have an emergency C-section and knowing that so many other women even those are happen to be very famous went through the same thing is oddly reassuring just reinforcing that us moms are not alone in our life experiences.

Check out these twenty celebrity moms who have had a C-section running the gamut from those who scheduled their C-section to work with their husband’s work schedule to a celebrity mom who went through 70 hours of labor before going under the knife:


  • Pink 1 of 19
    Pink
    Pink had wanted to have a natural birth but things didn't go as planned. She said: "We watched Ricki Lake's documentary The Business of Being Born early on. It was so enlightening and empowering. We took all kinds of classes and decided to work with midwives at The Sanctuary . . . I was really looking forward to the whole rite of passage giving birth perfectly present, unmedicated, in the way nature intended . . . She was in the frank breech position, which is head up with her legs up by her head in a pike position. We tried everything to turn her around. Turns out this little girl had other plans she is my daughter, after all. It all turned out perfectly in the end, even though it wasn't what we intended, because she is healthy and happy and so am I."
    Source: CNN
  • Kate Winslet 2 of 19
    Kate Winslet
    Kate Winslet actually lied to her friends about the birth of her first child Mia. She had tried to have a natural birth but had to have an emergency C-section. She told friends that she "had a natural birth because I was so completely traumatized by the fact that I hadn't given birth. I felt like a complete failure. My whole life, I'd been told I had great child-bearing hips. There's this thing amongst women that if you can handle childbirth you can handle anything. I had never handled childbirth and I felt like in some way I couldn't enter the 'powerful women's club.'"
    Source: Daily Mail
  • Camila Alves 3 of 19
    Camila Alves
    Camila Alves had been in labor for a stunning 60 hours before her doctor's suggested a C-section for baby Levi. Matthew McConaughey spoke of the birth saying, "We'd been up for 40-something hours, and we went from dead tired to a really steadfast, 'Let's handle this . . . let's stay in the rhythm. Don't let the contraction be more than you.' The doctor wanted to give her an epidural, and we said, 'Give us a few more hours to keep rocking with this.' I wasn't speaking for Camila. She had the option of saying, 'Give me an epidural, right now,' whenever she wanted. This is where I learned — and no one tells you this — but having a baby is a bloody, pukey, sweaty, primeval thing! And I mean that as a beautiful thing. It is wild. But the vacuum didn't work, and the doctor said, 'C-section.'"
    Source: Celebrity Baby Scoop
  • Jennifer Lopez 4 of 19
    Jennifer Lopez
    JLo had her twins via C-section. Twins are commonly delivered via C-section with Reuters Health talking to an expert that said, "The numbers are pretty dramatic in terms of the fact that three-quarters of twins undergo cesarean section now."
    Source: Raw Story
  • Gwen Stefani 5 of 19
    Gwen Stefani
    Both of Gwen Stefani's boys were born via scheduled C-sections.
    Source: Parent Dish
  • Victoria Beckham 6 of 19
    Victoria Beckham
    Victoria Beckham is one of the most famous celebrities who opted for C-sections (for all her children), she was even given the label "too Posh to push," which has been used universally for women who out of vanity decide on C-sections rather than a vaginal birth.
    Source: Lil Sugar
  • Tori Spelling 7 of 19
    Tori Spelling
    Tori Spelling had been planning on a vaginal birth with her first child, but she had to undergo an emergency C-section. Tori spoke about the topic said, "I had a C-section, which kept me from exercising for nine weeks. One of the biggest misconceptions is that celebrities have C-sections because it's easier. If I had a choice, I would not have. The recovery is much worse."
    Source: People
  • Angelina Jolie 8 of 19
    Angelina Jolie
    Angelina was fascinated by her C-section that she had with Shiloh saying, "We were in this little hospital in Africa when Shi was born. I don't think there was anybody else in the hospital. It was just a little cottage, the three of us. It ended up being the greatest thing. . . . I had a C-section and I found it fascinating. I didn't find it a sacrifice and I didn't find it a painful experience. I found it a fascinating miracle of what a body can do."
    Source: Vanity Fair
  • Christina Aguilera 9 of 19
    Christina Aguilera
    Christina had a scheduled C-section when her son was at 37 weeks. She said of her decision, "I didn't want any surprises. Honestly, I didn't want any [vaginal] tearing. I had heard horror stories of women going in and having to have an emergency C-section [anyway]. The hardest part was deciding on his birthday. I wanted to leave it up to fate, but at the same time I was ready to be done early!"
    Source: People
  • Denise Richards 10 of 19
    Denise Richards
    When expecting their first child Sam Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen made an appointment for a C-section (nine days before Sam was actually due) to mesh with Charlie Sheen work schedule. It was convenient," Richards later told People. "We like to plan things." But all good plans won't always go as hoped. Denise went into labor and had her C-section one day early.
    Source: People
  • Britney Spears 11 of 19
    Britney Spears
    Although there is no word on whether Britney Spears scheduled her c-section, she did express her hopes for one saying that she didn't "want to go through the pain. My mom said giving birth was the most excruciating thing she's ever gone through in her life." Her sons were both delivered via a C-section.
    Source: Parent Dish
  • Bethenny Frankel 12 of 19
    Bethenny Frankel
    Bethenny Frankel had gone through 30 hours of labor before her doctor suggested having a C-section, and that's how her baby Byrn was born.
    Source: Celebrity Babies
  • Marcia Cross 13 of 19
    Marcia Cross
    Marcia Cross has her twins via c-section and addressed the myth that C-sections are carefree saying, "And whoever said that was easy?! I did not enjoy that, not for one minute . . . I heard Savannah come out cause I knew she was coming out first and I was waiting and waiting for Eden. But I didn't realize they got them out so fast that they were both out. I was thinking something is wrong and she was already out."
    Source: Celebrity Babies
  • Jenny McCarthy 14 of 19
    Jenny McCarthy
    Jenny McCarthy had been in labor and pushing for three hours before her son Evan's heart rate began to drop, she then had to have an emergency C-section. She spoke about it saying, "It's horrible, it's horrible — it's hard when they have you strapped down 'cause you're like, 'I just want to hold my baby!'"
    Source: Celebrity Babies
  • Brooke Shields 15 of 19
    Brooke Shields
    Brooke Shields has had two C-sections. After laboring for 24 hours with her first daughter Rowan, she had to have an emergency C-section. She then had a scheduled C-section for her second daughter Grier. She said that there was a big difference between the two deliveries saying that while Rowan had been "whisked away . . . this time I got to feel Grier, kiss her, and they put her right on my chest."
    Source: People
  • Kate Hudson 16 of 19
    Kate Hudson
    Kate Hudson spoke about delivering her baby Ryder via C-section saying, "I was going in to get induced because the baby was so big. Then my hips weren't opening and I wasn't dilating. I was in labor. My contractions were two to five minutes apart, and I couldn't feel anything. The doctor said I could go home, but it was such a pain in the butt to get to the hospital because we were being stalked by photographers . . . I was like, 'I am not going home, just don't want to do this again. Let's just have a C-section.'"
    Source: Celebrity Babies
  • Gwyneth Paltrow 17 of 19
    Gwyneth Paltrow
    Gwyneth Paltrow went through 70 hours of labor before she ended up getting a C-section for the birth of her daughter Apple, two years later she also had a C-section with son Moses.
    Source: LIl Sugar
  • Tiffani Thiessen 18 of 19
    Tiffani Thiessen
    Tiffani Thiessen had been in labor for 30 hours before she had to get a C-section to with her daughter Harper. The actress said, "First my water didn't break; they had to do it for me. Then the baby wasn't descending, because the cord was wrapped around her neck. Once she was finally out, I didn't even get to hold her before they whisked her away. You're staring across the room, like, 'Hello? Over here!' The whole thing was very surreal."
    Source: LIl Sugar
  • Elizabeth Hurley 19 of 19
    Elizabeth Hurley
    Elizabeth Hurley was going through a bitter paternity battle when she delivered her son Damian Charles via a scheduled C-section in London.
    Source: People
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