In the United States about 1 in 4 babies are born via C-section and that number shows no signs of slowing down. And in Hollywood, the practice seems even more popular. Some women opt to have their children the good old-fashioned way. No epidurals, no meds and totally au natural. Celebrities like Gisele Bundchen, Jessica Alba and Ricki Lake all endured a natural childbirth. Others, due to a medical reason, being squeamish, or just for the convenience factor have instead undergone a C-section. Some plan on having a natural childbirth experience but because of a variety of issues, have to have an unplanned C-Section. Check out these 18 celebrity moms who’ve gone the Caesarean route here.
Christina spoke of her son Max’s birth saying, “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!”
With the birth of her first child Lourdes, Madonna’s plan was to have a natural childbirth with the soundtrack of the film The Moderns playing but after 12 hours of labor her doctor suggested a C-section. After she was sedated and was being wheeled to the operating room Madonna reported said, “Goodbye, everyone,” she said. “I’m going to get my nose job now.”
Kendra was originally induced she said that, “The good thing about being induced is that it’s like planning a trip, just very calm,” she told OK! “We ate a huge dinner before we came to the hospital. I ate a whole batch of brownies because I was nervous. No wonder he’s 9 pounds!” But the induction didn’t work and her son Hank was delivered via C-section after a long labor.
Her twins Hazel Patricia Moder and Phinnaeus “Finn” Walter Moder were born prematurely in 2004 via C-section. She had been confirmed to bed rest prior to their birth.
Angelina Jolie had to have a C-section with her daughter Shiloh due to her being breech. Angie said that, “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. We had wonderful doctors and nurses. It was lovely, very personal, all three in this sweet room. We had an American doctor with us, who had met the Namibian doctors, and they worked in tandem because it was a C-section and my first and we didn’t know the country. He spent a few weeks with us. There was only one pediatrician in town, and one anesthesiologist, who had to come in for that — you have to plan it. 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.” Her twins Knox and Vivienne were also delivered via C-section.
She had a C-section two weeks before her son Ryder was due. She said that, “I was going to get induced because the baby was so big. Then my hips weren’t opening and I wasn’t dilating. I was in labour. 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 hospital because we were being stalked by photographers. We went in at midnight and I was like: ‘I am not going home. I just don’t want to do this again. Let’s just have a C-section.’ And so I got drugged up.”
Britney went with the convenience factor and scheduled C-sections for both her sons. She said of C-section, “I have a feeling I’m going to have an operation. I don’t know why, but I hope so. My mom said giving birth was the most excruciating thing that she’s ever gone through in her life. So if a caesarean doesn’t happen, I’ll be like, ‘Epidural, please!’ Hopefully my athletic abilities will take over.”
Her first child was born via C-section in London. “Claudia crushed one of her feet in an accident in November and has been on crutches ever since so doctors advised her against a natural delivery.”
“Ashlee planned to go through a natural childbirth, but the classes changed her mind,” one of Ashlee Simpson’s friends said. She was supposedly so creeped out by the process of birthing and was having nightmares, so she opted to have baby Bronx via C-Section.
Her son Denim was born three weeks before his due date. The doctors had given her meds to slow down his arrival but she said that, “Once he threatened to come early, the doctor planned a C-section, but he came a week earlier than they had planned.”
She said of the birth of her son Evan, “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!’
Kate was quite disappointed that her first daughter Mia was born via C-section. She said, “I was so completely traumatized by the fact that I hadn’t given birth. I felt like a complete failure.” But she made up for it with her second child Joe. She said, “It was an amazing feeling having Joe naturally, vaginally. Fourteen hours with no drugs at all, but then I had to have an epidural because I was so tired. I honestly thought I’d never be able to do it. It was an incredible birth. It laid all the ghosts to rest. It was really triumphant.”
After trying to do a natural childbirth, Camila had to have a C-section. Matthew McConaughey said of his son’s birth, “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.’”
Her birth process has been dubbed “too posh to push”. Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham had C-sections for each of her three boys. It’s been reported that she can’t have another C-section and that her body wouldn’t be able to handle it and she’d have to have a emergency hysterectomy.
Both of her sons Kingston and Zuma were born via C-section in Los Angeles.
After going through 24 hours of labor, Brooke had to have an emergency C-section. With her second daughter Frier, she scheduled a C-section and everything “went exactly as planned.”
Son Liam was born after and emergency C-Section. And for her scond child, daughter Stella, she scheduled a C-section.
JLo had an emergency C-section when she went into labor a day earlier than her scheduled C-section operation.