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.
“Then they showed ones [babies] right after the epidural, and that didn’t happen,” Kerr said. “The baby was a little bit drugged up, and I was like, ‘Well I don’t want that.’ I wanted to give him the best possible start in life I could.”
On one popular parenting blog, Café Mom’s TheStir.com, mothers are taking Kerr’s comments to heart, saying, “Being a supermodel doesn’t make you an expert” and that she should “choose her words more wisely.”
“The reality of the situation is there … is no concern of epidural anesthesia on a newborn baby,” said Dr. Deborah Stein, who practices obstetric anesthesiology at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York.
Kerr is not alone in her stance, as one blogger says, “The babies are drugged up when you receive an epidural … do your research.”
“Most studies suggest that some babies will have trouble ‘latching on,’ causing breastfeeding difficulties,” according to the American Pregnancy Association’s website.
“I don’t care if you had an epidural, if you had it naturally, a water birth, at home or in the hospital,” said Mary Fischer, a writer for TheStir.com. “Women just need to respect each other.”
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!