I noticed the birth announcements for two well know celebrities this week. “ A rep confirmed that Kate Hudson, the Oscar-nominated actress gave birth to a healthy baby boy in Los Angeles, who weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz.” ”After three boys, David and Victoria Beckham have announced the birth of their first daughter in Los Angeles. The baby girl was born this morning at the Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.”
Dubbed ”too posh to push” by the British press, Victoria has long been the icon of elective cesarians; her new baby girl is her 4th child born by surgical means. It is easy to demonize Victoria for her choices, creating another hair pulling session between moms who understand hospitals, epidurals, and cesarians as “better”, calling moms who champion natural childbirth and midwifery dangerous hippies and Amazons.
Women don’t tend to fight with weapons, we fight with words to protect social and cultural norms. The mommy wars are alive and well on many topics; birth, kids, men, food, work, breastfeeding, school, botox, etc, etc. Pregnancy and birth are too important for us to cut each other down. We don’t need to do that. But we do reserve the right to lift natural childbirth up.
Over 2 million people and counting have watched David Beckham score a goal from a corner kick to win the game the day before his daughter was born. For this to happen so effortlessly…this guy practices and works out, optimizes his diet and constantly visualizes the ball going into the net…..years of preparation pay off to produce this athletic ”great moment in sport”.
At New Birth Company, we believe in GREAT MOMENTS IN BIRTH. Every mother deserves an opportunity to teach her body to move on a regular basis, to eat healthy nutritious foods that help her baby grow, partnering with her midwife, learning about and investing in her long term health and to visualize the moment when she births her baby onto her breast. She deserves the right to push, to win mentally, emotionally and physically when she finishes the mama’s work it takes to birth that baby into the light, into this world. The ultimate corner kick. The world cheers. – Kendra