Natural Birth, Epidural, or C-section?Christina Couch
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1: Lisa Bonet
Lisa Bonet — also known as Lilakoi Moon — had such a good natural birth experience the first time that she opted for it again with baby number two. Bonet delivered her daughter, Lola Iolani Momoa, at home alongside husband Jason Momoa in 2007. Two years later, Bonet gave birth to a son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, and while the Life on Mars actress has kept mum about how the baby was delivered, natural childbirth is probably a safe assumption.
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2: Busy Philipps
The Cougar Town star took it one step further and helped out with her own natural birth in 2008. After the baby's head and shoulders cleared, Philipps pulled the baby the rest of the way herself. I didnt even know my midwife took this picture of me with my hands pulling my daughter out and then right onto my chest, Philipps told Babble. It was an incredible experience.
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3: Cindy Crawford
After having two children via natural birth in 1999 and 2001, Crawford became such an advocate of it that she created webisodes detailing her experience on Mybestbirth.com, a website owned by Ricki Lake.
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4: Gisele Bundchen
No mom has incurred the wrath of her fellow moms quite like this supermodel. After having a drug-free water birth for her son, Benjamin, in early 2010, Bundchen told Brazilian television that the birth wasnt painful, not even a little bit. Even her recovery was easy. The second day, I was walking, I was washing dishes, I was making pancakes in the kitchen, Bundchen said. If only every mom could have it this good.
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5: Miranda Kerr
After giving birth to her first child in January 2011, the Victoria's Secret model and wife of actor Orlando Bloom blogged, I did natural birth too, no drugs or pain killers!!! Is this a supermodel thing or what?!
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6: Ani DiFranco
When VenusZine readers asked the singer why she chose a home birth back in 2008, DiFranco stated: I believe that women in hospitals are prevented from being able to have normal, healthy birthing experiences because of the intimidation of being on the clock, being pressured to take drugs to make it quicker, being inhibited in their movement and activities, and alienated by a sterile, fluorescent lit, feet-in-the-air type environment. Tell us how you really feel, Ani.
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7: Ricki Lake
The former talk show host had natural births for her son, Milo, with a midwife in a birth center in 1997, and her son, Owen, in 2001. She supported the process so much that she made a documentary about it: The Business of Being Born. In an interview with The Today Show, Lake said: Being pregnant isnt being sick. So it made sense that, as a healthy 27-year-old woman, I wouldnt need to be medicated to bring my baby into the world.
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8: Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba used hypnobirthing techniques to keep the 2008 birth of her daughter, Honor, drug-free and really zen. The actress told OK! magazine: "The labor was more like meditation. I did yoga breathing. I was focused."
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9: Maria Bello
Stating that she "cant imagine giving birth in a sterile environment like a hospital," actress Maria Bello gave birth to her son, Jackson, in her own home in 2001. Bellos 22-hour labor involved "a midwife and a thunderstorm, with nothing more than an aspirin, she told People.
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10: Nicole Richie
Richie had a labor experience easy enough to make any mom envious. The birth was mellow, she told reporters. I don't know what time I went into labor but I pushed for 10 minutes. Three pushes and [daughter Harlow] was out."
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11: Patricia Heaton
The Everybody Loves Raymond actress admitted on Oprah that shes had four C-sections — and the effects on her body are anything but glamorous. "Giving birth four times has taught me that a plastic surgeon is a girl's best friend, Heaton said. "Having a C-section every two years makes your stomach end up looking like one of those cute Chinese Sharpei dogs that have all the folds and skins hanging off them. That's not cute.
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12: Kate Hudson
Hudson originally planned to have a vaginal birth, but she went the C-section route when doctors told her she would have a really long labor with son, Ryder, back in 2004. And then there were the paparazzi. The Something Borrowed star told reporters: It was such a pain ... to get in the hospital because we were being stalked by people, and so we went in at midnight. I did not want to go home and decided to have a C-section and make it happy. I got drugged up! I couldn't do anything for six-and-a-half weeks.
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13: Tiffani Thiessen
The former Saved By the Bell star originally planned on a natural birth, but after facing complications, Thiessen underwent an emergency C-section when giving birth to daughter, Harper, in 2010. First my water didn't break; they had to do it for me," she told ContactMusic.com. "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 ... The whole thing was very surreal."
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14: Victoria Beckham
When the former Spice Girl and wife of soccer star David Beckham opted for multiple C-sections for her sons, the internet buzzed with rumors that Lady Beckham was too posh to push. Whether shell factor a C-section into the birth plan of her future baby girl is still up in the air.
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15: Britney Spears
A C-section was the first choice for the queen of pop. Spears told Elle magazine in 2005 that she preferred C-sections, but if it wasnt possible, "I'll be like, 'Epidural, please!' ... I don't want to go through the pain." Despite the admission, Spears never discussed which route she ended up taking for either of her sons.
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16: Christina Aguilera
Spears isn't the only pop star to opt out of childbirth pains. Just before giving birth to her son in 2008, Christina Aguilera told Hello! magazine that she requested a C-section: "I'd heard horror stories about tearing. I really wanted a calm and peaceful environment. I didn't want any surprises."
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17: Angelina Jolie
After Jolie's first biological child, Shiloh, was born via C-section in 2006, Jolie told Vanity Fair: I had a C-section and I found it ... a fascinating miracle of what a body can do." Jolie and Brad Pitt's twins, Knox and Vivienne, were also born by C-section two years later.
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18: Tori Spelling
Spelling told Us Weekly about her reaction when her doc, who also delivered Angelina Jolies baby, Shiloh, told her he needed to perform an emergency C-section: I asked Dr. Rothbart if hed do a good job, and he said, 'Well, Angelina didn't complain.' So I was like, 'If Angelina let him do a C-section in Africa, I am OK. We guess Spelling was happy with the results, since she scheduled a C-section for her second baby! No plans have been announced for baby number three.
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19: Kelly Preston
After losing their son, Jett, Kelly Preston and hubby John Travolta celebrated the birth of their son, Benjamin in 2010. Preston said the birth was both a C-section and a silent birth — in keeping with the rules of Scientology.
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20: Toni Braxton
The Grammy Award-winning singer had a C-section for the births of both of her sons in 2001 and 2003. Though Braxton is fairly mum about whether or not the surgeries were planned, she has stated that she was thankful to deliver happy babies.
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24: Helena Bonham Carter
The eccentric actress told Time Out New York she was rather looking forward to the epidural when giving birth to daughter, Nell in 2007. Post-birth, she sang her praises to reporters: I worship at the altar of the person who invented the drug, because you go from a life-transforming pain to just this blissed-out state.
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25: Kate Winslet
Winslet wanted a natural childbirth for her second kid, Joe Alfie, in 2003 like she did her first, Mia Honey, in 2000, but she resorted to an epidural after 14 hours of labor. "It was an amazing feeling having Joe naturally, vaginally, she told The Orlando Sentinel. Fourteen hours with no drugs at all, but then I had to have an epidural because I was so tired. I honestly thought Id never be able to do it. It was an incredible birth. It laid all the ghosts to rest. It was really triumphant."
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23: Tina Fey
Fey was short, quick and to the point when writing about her daughters birth in her memoir, Bossypants: For the record: epidural, vaginal delivery, did not poop on the table. No word out yet on her plan for child number two.
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24: Laila Ali
Ali hadn't planned on using medication to get through childbirth, but when complications forced her to consider the epidural, she went for it and never looked back. What I felt after I had [the epidural] was, This is why women get the epidural, she told reporters. No wonder women just keep having babies and want an epidural; they dont have to feel anything.
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25: Katie Holmes
While Holmes received an epidural for relief from the pain of giving birth to little Suri in 2006, according to reports, she did maintain the Scientology practice of silent birth. Her husband, Tom Cruise, called her a champ for it. (We agree.)
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26: Bethenny Frankel
The reality TV star planned to have an epidural for the birth of her daughter, Bryn, in 2010 right from the start — and also knew she just wasnt cut out for a home birth. "I'm too neurotic to give birth in my bathtub," Frankel admitted to Us Magazine. "I'd be like, 'How are we ever going to clean this mess up?' In the middle of labor, I'd be telling my assistant to get Brillo pads."
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27: Melanie Brown
The singer formerly known as Sporty Spice had two different experiences with epidurals during the births of her daughters. With [12 year-old] Phoenix, the epidural wore off, so I experienced pain, and not by choice, Brown told Hello! Magazine. I was laughing the whole time when I delivered [3-year-old] Angel. So having experienced both, I am opting for no pain and as little discomfort as possible. Unfortunately, that's all the former Spice girl would say about her plans for baby number three, due later this summer.
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28: Kourtney Kardashian
This Kardashian sister made waves when she invited cameras into the birthing room of son Mason Disick in late 2009, medication and all. When asked why she chose to televise it, Kourtney told reporters: I was so terrified to give birth. Everything I've seen on movies, everything I've seen on TV of births has been so negative ... so that's why I wanted to show that [giving birth] can be [calm].
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29: Alana De La Garza
No word on what the Law and Order star's exact birth plan was for her first and only child, Kieran Thomas, in late 2010, but she did tell Pregnancy that she wasn't against medication. Im gung-ho for any woman that can do it naturally, but theres no shame in saying I need an epidural, de la Garza said. And if Im getting cut down in that area, I dont want to know. I want to enjoy the process as much as possible.
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