Miranda Kerr is many things: beautiful, fashionable, willowy, a good wife and mom…and a little more outspoken than some would prefer.
She recently stirred up a flurry of controversy in an interview with the British edition of Harper’s Bazaar in which she discussed choosing natural birth. It wasn’t so much the choice itself as the reasons behind it.
After watching videos of childbirth, Kerr noticed that babies whose mothers didn’t use pain medication took to breastfeeding right away. “Then they showed them after the epidural, and that didn’t happen,” she told the magazine. “The baby was a little bit drugged up, and I was like, ‘I don’t want that.’ I wanted to give him the best possible start in life I could.”
That outraged moms who saw the comment as a dig at their childbirth choice and mothering skills. Comment pages on parenting sites were filled with mind-your-own-business and epidurals-are-safe responses.
My take? Kerr absolutely needs to work on her tact. Saying that epidurals “drug up” babies and suggesting that natural birth is the best method isn’t going to win her any fans at her neighborhood playgroup.
But maybe the reaction will help her become more aware that the “mommy wars” are far from over – we’re still quick to judge rather than accept or help – and prompt her to become part of the solution instead of the problem.
Other famous parents have said some pretty eyebrow-raising stuff recently, too – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. By helping open discussions and raise awareness, we come closer to finding real solutions to issues like insensitive language and mom-taboos that shouldn’t be taboo at all.
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