Mila Kunis Chooses Natural Birth: Other Celebrities Who Did The Same
"We watched a couple of documentaries and we looked into the… midwife aspect of it and things, and spoke to my OB/GYN and realized that the hospital that I'm going to be laboring in does a midwife, you know, doula type of thing," Kunis told Ellen DeGeneres about her plans with Kutcher. "So I'm gonna do it as all-natural as I possibly can unless there's an emergency or something."
Kunis, who also said she is going to skip an epidural, added, "I mean, I did this to myself—I might as well do it right."
The That '70s Show alum, 30, isn't the only celebrity who has opted for a natural birthing process. Big names from Ricki Lake to Gisele Bündchen have opened up about giving birth naturally, touching on both the pain involved and the "beauty" of the experience. Below, nine stars and their experiences with the process.
Pamela Anderson: In 1997, the Baywatch star gave birth to her second son in the comfort of her own home in Malibu, Calif. Anderson, 30 at the time, welcomed son Dylan Jagger (whose dad is rocker Tommy Lee) through natural birth with two midwives.
Beyonce: With seemingly the entire world waiting, Beyonce and Jay Z welcomed their first child in January 2012. The power couple released a statement at the time of daughter Blue Ivy's birth, reading, "We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful; we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs. and it was the best experience of both of our lives."
Melissa Joan Hart: The Sabrina alum has three children and welcomed her second son, Braydon, through natural birth in March 2008. She called the birth "a really, really exciting experience," but added, "it was extremely painful and I had a little hemorrhaging."
Evangeline Lilly: Lost alum Evangeline Lilly stayed close to home for the birth of her first child, son Kahekili, with boyfriend Norman Kali. "I actually skipped the hospital," she said after her May 2011 birth in Hawaii. "We decided to have the baby at home because we wanted it to be a natural birth, and it turns out that it was 30 hours of natural."
Gisele Bündchen: The supermodel and wife to Tom Brady has been outspoken about her support of choosing natural birth. In 2009, Bündchen, then 29, gave birth to the couple's first child, son Benjamin, in a bathtub in her home. In December 2012, Mr. and Mrs. Brady introduced daughter Vivian Lake to the world, once again through a natural birth at the family's home.
Alyson Hannigan: Alyson Hannigan, who is the mother to two children with husband Alexis Denisof, chatted about the natural birth of her first daughter, Satyana Marie, in March 2009. "I did use a midwife and a doula. We had the option of having a doctor there, but even he said you’ll only need me if you need to be transferred to the hospital–which thankfully, I did not need." She also added, "It’s not the right choice for everyone, but it definitely was for me. I never wavered on it. I knew if I needed to go to the hospital I would, but thankfully everything went well, and it was a magnificent experience."
Ricki Lake: Ricki Lake gave birth to her second son, Owen, in June 2009 in a bathtub in her home. She even took it a step further, serving as the executive producer for the documentary The Business of Being Born, which delves into different methods of childbirth.
Mayim Bialik: The former Blossom star and outspoken attachment parenting advocate gave birth to both of her children, Miles, 9, and Frederick, 5, in her home. She said about the birth of her second son: "Fred, yes, was born at home, and Miles was able to watch the whole thing from his high chair while eating granola. Fortunately it was a very fast labor because I think Miles would’ve been bored if it was longer than the hour and a half it was."
Cindy Crawford: In July 1999, the supermodel gave birth to her first child with husband Rande Gerber in her own home. She welcomed Presley Walker in her Brentwood, Calif. abode with the help of a midwife and a nurse.