Home Birth Fanatic Gisele Bundchen Ignites War on Hospital Births

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gisele bundchenJust when we thought maybe she'd learned her lesson and decided to keep opinions to herself for once in her life, Gisele Bundchen is now linking hospital births with violence towards women -- which must mean she's officially trying to reclaim her title of being the most judgemental celebrity mom ever.

Ok, so she didn't exactly come right out and say that hospitals are violent, but she might as well have. Gisele tweeted out a blog post from her website entitled "Birth Without Violence," which was written by Mayra Calvetti, and basically insinuates that women who choose to go to the hospital to give birth to their babies are subjecting themselves to some sort of torture. (WTF?)

Here are a few colorful excerpts from Calvetti's post that made me want to stand up and yell, "Oh, shut the hell up already."

Childbirth surrounded by interventions and “violence” is so ingrained in our society, that a humanized birth without unnecessary interventions, at home, in water or squatting is seen as an alternative birth, for hippies or something for Indians. Most people are unaware what a birth without violence is like and its benefits to mother, baby, family and society.

Many hospitals are like a mass production of babies, where routines are followed and the baby must be born as soon as possible. Some professionals don’t have the patience to wait and sensitivity and respect the individuality and the time of each mother and baby. The line has to move, more babies are coming to be born, they have to rush things out there!

Ok, so I get that Gisele is really into the whole home birth thing and she had a painless labor with her son Benjamin and will probably deliver her second baby with a huge rainbow over her head as well. But you can be a natural or home birth advocate without making moms who do prefer hospital births feel like they are doing something wrong or subjecting themselves and their babies to trauma at the hands of those terrible doctors and nurses. (Major. Eye. Roll.)

I delivered my son at a hospital just south of Denver, and for the life of me, I can't imagine a safer or more wonderful experience. The staff took incredible care of me and my son, and I never for one second felt like I was part of some sort of assembly line or that the birth was being rushed in any way. And honestly, I would've been absolutely terrified if I'd been anywhere else during the delivery, because there's something so calming about being surrounded by trained professionals who know how to handle the situation and act quickly if anything goes wrong.

But even though I chose a hospital birth because that's what was right for me, I'm not about to go out and criticize someone for having a home birth if that is what they prefer -- because every mom is entitled to her opinion.

What is best for one isn't necessarily the right plan for another, and that's ok. And for the life of me, I just don't understand why Gisele Bunchen is 100 percent unable to voice her opinion without putting other moms down.

(Ugh. Am I the only one who wishes she'd disappear for a while? GO AWAY, Gisele. GO AWAY.)

Editor's Note: A previous version of this post included incorrect attribution for the quote above. While the quote did appear on Bundchen's blog, it was not written by her. Since the publishing of this story, a publicist for Bundchen reached out to us to clarify that Bundchen removed the post from her blog once she was made aware of the content and that the post does not reflect Gisele's personal opinion.

Have you ever thought of a hospital birth as being violent?


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minty... mintymommy

Shut up, Gisele. Seriously. 

Home births are NOT for everyone. Case in point, my first child died at the hands of a midwife during a vaginal birth because she couldnt handle it when his shoulder got stuck. Have I set out on a mission to rid the world of midwives because of it? No. My daughter came into this world a live and healthy BECAUSE I had a birth in a hospital. No two women or births are alike. Stop it. Just stop it.

Todd Vrancic

It seems to me that this woman has a bad case of "open mouth, insert foot."

zombi... zombiemommy916

I can't stand moms who consider it their sworn duty to put other moms on the defensive...YES, my particular birthing experiences left me bloody and scarred BUT my children would have died if I hadn't had intervention...it's hard enough for pregnant women such as myself, who deal with complications and see doctors CONSTANTLY for 40 weeks and beyond without hearing some entitled celebrity preach medical intervention during delivery...whether is applies to all or not, it's still a load of bull...and seriously, does she really think her soapbox stance is going to change anything? No...pretty sure she just likes to hear herself talk...

Maias... MaiasMommy619

I'm so sorry to hear that mintymommy :(

She is just an idiot...people with the least amout of substance are the ones who scream the loudest.

riadolph riadolph

I don't understand why someone can say that a hospital birth is violent. I'm in the same boat as zombiemommy916, with my son, he could've died if I didn't have a doctor intervene. With my daughter, I ended up having a natural birth, although I was in the hospital when I actually gave birth. I say, to each their own, but don't judge me for the choices that I made in regards to my choice of birth plan.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

I don't share the same opinion- but I do know many women who do. This isn't limited to some celebrity- this is a wide spread and rapidly growing movement of people.

I agree with you, ALL moms are entitled to THEIR opinion. Even Ms. Buchanan. If you don't like what she has to say, who cares? But you just sat down and wrote an opinion piece giving YOUR opinion in a manner that tells moms who think like Gisele that they are crazy and absurd. Tell me, how are YOU and different?

Amy Tuteur



Natural childbirth  (and breastfeeding) causes violence.

Of history's greatest tyrants, men such as Hitler, Torquemada, Attila the Hun, etc., all were born vaginally. Almost all of history's greatest tyrants were breastfed ... exclusively. The long term effect of giving birth without pain medication is dreadful. 100% of the children born to women who gave birth before the advent of anesthesia in the mid-nineteenth century are now dead. Vaginal birth is a risk factor for Communism: Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Stalin were all born vaginally. Breastfeeding is a risk factor for violent behavior. Almost all Viking marauders were breastfed. Not a single Crusader was born to a woman who had an epidural in labor.

Hospital birth promotes technological progress. Desk top computers, iPhones, Skype and Twitter did not exist until the proportion of US births occurring in hospitals rose above 90%. What is the cause behind these incontrovertible facts? We've known for centuries that deep seated prejudice is "imbibed with mother's milk." I've never heard of anyone imbibing hatred with Similac, so the obvious solution is to promote formula feeding. Second, epidurals ought to be mandatory in labor. The mothers of the greatest tyrants in history gave birth without pain relief and look what happened as a result.

No, Gisele, hospital birth is not violent; it actually prevents violence! (/snark)


Courtney Puzzo

oh shut upgisele and everyone else real celebs have been having successful home births for over 40 years and didn't brag about it then. not all moms are eligible for natural birth due to complications in pregnancy such as gestational diabetes macrosomia [large head] breach or tranverse presentation placenta previa polyhydramnios a hernia and pre eclampsia. Gisele just likes to hear herself talk godforbid she's forced to formula feed her baby because she can't produce milk this time or something

Karla C. Mulrenan

Amy Tuteur you are just as ignorant and behave like Giselle except you are on the other side of the argument. I really hope your comment is sarcasm/satire because it is absurd. my whole family was born vagianlly without meds and were breastfeed and nope, no violent mentally deranged people in a family of over 50 people. so, shut the F up! 

Anyways, Im all for homebirths and med free births but to think you are superior because of the type of birth you had is completely arrogant, selfish and ignorant. its sicking. we are women who should have the freedom to birth as we wish.  

julie... julie21210

For real Amy? My grandmother and my mother gave birth without pain meds.... No raving psychosis here .... Wtf was that?! Seriously?! Wtf see you talking about. Personally I loved the hospital and I LOVED the epidural. I think it is the safest option. If someone wants to do a home birth and is successful with it, god for them. But not for me.

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