But, Gisele won the real game of life when she brought her and Tom’s son, Benjamin, into the world naturally, without meds and in a bathtub at their home.
She told the Brazilian TV channel Fantasticoshe that, “I didn’t want to be drugged up. So I did a lot of preparation, I did yoga and meditation, so I managed to have a very tranquil birth at home.” She continued to say, “The whole time my mind was focused in each contraction on the thought ‘my baby is closer to coming out’. It wasn’t like ‘this is so painful’. So I transformed that intense feeling into a hope of seeing him.”
Most women go into the hospital with a definite birth plan in their heads to deliver their children, but often times their original plans get altered. Plenty of women fully intend to give birth naturally, but once the reality of childbirth pain sets in, they ultimately decide to have some assistance from an epidural or other pain relieving method.
But by avoiding the hospital all together, you don’t have be drugged, tied down with leather straps, or suffer an episiotomy. Instead, you can feel confident giving birth in your home and feel more relaxed in the comfort or your own surroundings.
Brazilian born supermodel Gisele Bündchen chose to deliver her son, naturally, in a water birth instead of giving into the culture of hospital births and Caesarian sections.
As the rates of intervention, c-sections and problem births increase in our westernized culture, more women are choosing home births, water births and/or birthing centers, where available.
Studies Say Water Births Ease Pain
In a water birth, mothers sit waist-deep in heated water to simulate body temperature through labor and delivery. Within seconds of the baby emerging, the midwife or doctor brings its head above water. The cord can be cut in or out of water, depending on the woman’s choice.
At least eight studies of nearly 3,000 women comparing water to regular births have shown that women need less pain relief in a water birth. Water allows the mother to move, take the pressure of her back and legs and get into a physiological position to allow the baby to do its work. They say water birth is like, “A thousand hands are holding her up. “
Opt for Natural Childbirth
Gisele Bündchen is so convinced of the benefits of a natural childbirth at home that she launched a project to reveal the different birthing methodologies from around the world. The natural birth advocate believes not only in sharing her drug-free and pain-free home water birth, but the right to sharing information and normalizing the birth experience.
“I believe that sharing information and show different possibilities of birth may help to demystify some questions about natural childbirth that for a long time was the only way of giving birth,” she added. “I hope that I can learn even more about the subject through the experiences of these women around the world and be able to share this with you here on my blog.”
You can start reading the incredible journey of the most intense and life-changing experiences a woman can have, one that leaves you so vulnerable yet so strong at the same time: