We did a post on celebrity birth stories a few weeks ago and it got loads of you chatting so we thought we’d bring you Part 2. Did you feel society’s pressure to have a natural labour, like Kate Winslet? Were you totally zen like Jessica Alba or did you think you were going to die like Miranda Kerr? Did you get a hand mirror out to check how your vajayjay fared like Kim K? Let us know your thoughts…
"I’ve never talked about this. I’ve actually gone to great pains to cover it up. But Mia was an emergency C-section. I just said that I had a natural birth because I was so completely traumatised by the fact that I hadn’t given birth. I felt like a complete failure. My whole life I’d been told that I had great child-bearing hips. There’s this thing amongst women in the world that if you can handle childbird, you can handle anything. I had never handled childbirth, and I felt like in some way I couldn’t join that ‘powerful women’s club’."
"I thought I was going to be tough and the nurses would be like, ‘She’s a warrior princess! She doesn’t need an epidural! She’s amazing! We’re such big fans!’ As soon as I got out of the car I was already crying for an epidural. I was asking the security guard for an epidural!"
"I tweeted in the very early stages of my labor. I figured that if I went completely silent on social media, then people would know I was in the hospital," Washington said of her desire to keep her experience under wraps for a little while.
On her C-section, "I was going to get induced because the baby was so big. Then my hips weren’t opening and I wasn’t dilating. My contractions were 2-5 minutes apart and I couldn’t feel anything. The doctor said that I could go home but it had been such a pain in the butt to get to the hospital because we were being stalked by photographers. I said, "I don’t want to do this again, let’s just have a C-section." And so I got drugged up."
"I didn’t scream, it was really Zen. It was amazing. The labour was more like meditation. I did yoga breathing. I was focused."
"A homebirth was not my plan but that’s what happened…because the baby came out really fast. Luckily, she just kind of glided into her fathers arms…It was scary, but it was kind of awesome. Hospitals make me nervous because I feel like hospital equals death, like it smells like dead people and weird fluids that pickle people."
"The first thing I did was go and look at my vagina in the mirror," she says. "It looks better-looking than before."
"I actually thought I was going to die at one point and left my body. I was looking down on myself, the pain was so intense."
First published on Elle.com