If you think more women are opting for natural and home births lately, you’re not wrong. Not only does forgoing drugs and a hospital bed save money and, some say, help in a speedier recovery, but for those who’ve experienced natural and home births, welcoming a baby in a less-austere environment is often a bit sweeter.
Natural and home births are becoming so common, in fact, that even celebrity moms are jumping on the bandwagon.
Über-celebrity Barbie is known for many things — her tiny waist, many careers, on-again, off-again relationship with Ken, dream house — but a natural, at-home birth has never been among the items on her life resume. Until now. It’s not that Mattel has come out with a new Barbie — it’s that the existing one has expanded her repertoire to include natural, home-birther.
Professional birth and maternity photographer Katie Moore was granted exclusive privileges to document Barbie’s natural, at-home birth (which we first saw on FeatureShoot.com), and she’s shared some of the photos with Babble.
Take a look:
Plastic Barbie Goes the Natural Route 1 of 12She's a walking contradiction.
Position Changes 2 of 12A top labor technique used to help alleviate some of the pains associated with contractions.
Partner Support 3 of 12A helpful birthing partner — in this case, Ken — is an invaluable tool.
Water Relief 4 of 12Many women, Barbie including, try to relax in a warm bath to ease some of their labor pains.
Only the Best 5 of 12Whether in a hospital or at home, having a trained medical expert present such as a doctor or midwife is key to ensuring a safe birth.
Push! Push! 6 of 12If Barbie can push a baby out of her plastic, inflexible uterus, surely you can, too.
You’re Almost There! 7 of 12Barbie is doing great!
Awwwwwwwww 8 of 12Daddy Ken catches the baby (phew!)
Those First Few Sips 9 of 12A drug-free labor and delivery doesn't stop Barbie from looking camera-ready to greet her newborn.
First Family Portrait 10 of 12They did it!
Meet Your Big Sister 11 of 12One big happy family.
Sibling Love 12 of 12I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
For a look at more of Barbie’s birth photos, visit BeachBirthPhotography.com
All images used with permission from Katie Moore
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