Miranda Kerr probably didn’t know what she was starting when she opened up about her decision not to have an epidural during the delivery of her son, Flynn Bloom. The 29-year-old Victoria’s Secret model, who’s married to Orlando Bloom, made the comments in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK. She explained why she opted against having an epidural during her son’s birth.
Miranda explained that she decided to deliver her son naturally after watching baby-bonding videos. She claims she saw that babies born without an epidural come out and go straight for the breast. With the children born with an epidural, she says that didn’t happen.
Ã¢â¬ÅThen they showed ones [babies] right after the epidural, and that didnÃ¢â¬â¢t happen,Ã¢â¬Â Kerr said. Ã¢â¬ÅThe baby was a little bit drugged up, and I was like, Ã¢â¬ËWell I donÃ¢â¬â¢t want that.Ã¢â¬â¢ I wanted to give him the best possible start in life I could.Ã¢â¬Â
On one popular parenting blog,ÃÂ CafÃÂ© MomÃ¢â¬â¢s TheStir.com, mothers are taking KerrÃ¢â¬â¢s comments to heart, saying, Ã¢â¬ÅBeing a supermodel doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t make you an expertÃ¢â¬Â and that she should Ã¢â¬Åchoose her words more wisely.Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ÅThe reality of the situation is there Ã¢â¬Â¦ is no concern of epidural anesthesia on a newborn baby,Ã¢â¬Â said Dr. Deborah Stein, who practices obstetric anesthesiology at St. LukeÃ¢â¬â¢s Roosevelt Hospital in New York.
Kerr is not alone in her stance, as one blogger says, Ã¢â¬ÅThe babies are drugged up when you receive an epidural Ã¢â¬Â¦ do your research.Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ÅMost studies suggest that some babies will have trouble Ã¢â¬Ëlatching on,Ã¢â¬â¢ causing breastfeeding difficulties,Ã¢â¬Â according to theÃÂ American Pregnancy AssociationÃ¢â¬â¢s website.
Ã¢â¬ÅI donÃ¢â¬â¢t care if you had an epidural, if you had it naturally, a water birth, at home or in the hospital,Ã¢â¬ÂÃÂ said Mary Fischer, a writer forÃÂ TheStir.com. Ã¢â¬ÅWomen just need to respect each other.Ã¢â¬Â
I think that last line says it all. At the end of the day, women DO need to just respect each other. What’s right for one person may not be right for another. No two deliveries are the same, and I happen to know that babies born with epidurals DO grow up to be completely fine, healthy children. To each their own!