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Water Brady! Gisele Bundchen Gave Birth in Bathtub


Gisele and Tom may have a lil swimmer on their hands. When planning their lil one's entry to the world, parents are presented with various options. Though a majority of mamas-to-be choose a hospital birth, many others opt for the comforts of their own home.

Contrary to reports that she was whisked to a Boston-area hospital, Gisele Bundchen told Brazilian magazine Fantastico that baby Benjamin was born in the bathtub of her Beacon Hill home. Water births are said to help women ease the pain of labor and are gentle on the baby too – simulating the same feeling as amniotic fluid inside the womb. With a water birth, a bathtub or portable tub (similar to a jacuzzi) is filled with clean water between 95 and 100 degrees and the laboring woman and her partner can relax and move about the tub until the baby is born. Today, water births can occur at home, in birthing centers and in many hospitals.

Regardless of how she gave birth, there is no denying the fact that Gisele looks fabulous. The interview took place during her first ad shoot following Benjamin's arrival.

Would you consider a water birth?

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Akpril Akpril 4 years 32 weeks
I labored for a while in a tub at our hospital and could feel the contractions getting stronger, but when I got out of the tub the contractions felt so much stronger than when I was in the tub. It was so nice to be able to just relax a little before the birth.
4 years 32 weeks
Both mine were born in water. It was fantastic!
4 years 32 weeks
Absolutely if it was a medical option for me, but it's not because it's physically impossible for me to deliver vaginally. It would be my first choice if vaginal birth were possible. It wouldn't bother me at all to do it in my own tub either, although the shape of it might make it tough for a midwife to help out. For that reason alone I'd want a round one set up in the middle of a room. But as far as cleaning goes, I'd just clean it out the same way I would if one of the kids pooped during a bath.
4 years 33 weeks
I don't get the whole "simulating the same feeling as amniotic fluid inside the womb." You have to take the baby out eventually. It has to come out into the cold at SOME point. You are just delaying the inevitable.
lawyerjenn lawyerjenn 4 years 33 weeks
She's way tough! I should have tried a warm soak for sure. My hospital would have let me labor in the tub but not give birth in it. When I was in labor, the only thing that helped was a birthing ball. My husband, bless his heart, was fairly useless in coming up with ideas on how to ease the pain! I broke down and got an epidural... Next time though, i'm DEFINITELY trying the water and possibly a doula or midwife. It makes sense that it would help with contractions.
jenni5 jenni5 4 years 33 weeks
Never in my own tub....too messy. I would never look at my tub the same again. And honestly my contractions got pretty bad before the epidural, so I don't know if I could go all the way. Good for her though....she's a tough chick.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years 33 weeks
Hmm I like the idea of it. However, I don't know how many fathers would enjoy hanging out in a pool full of blood, poo and placenta :p
JamieUK JamieUK 4 years 33 weeks
Wow, I had no idea, that sounds really cool, but I don't think I could do it without an epidural. The whole labor part of pregnancy is really scaring me the most!
4 years 33 weeks
I labored in a bathtub at the hospital for 6 hours, but it was against hospital policy to deliver in the tub. I would have if I could. The water was so soothing; my contractions were so much more tolerable in the water versus out. If I have another child I will seriously consider going to a birthing center instead.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 4 years 33 weeks
My insurance won't cover it, so it's a no for me! I think the idea is intriguing, but with our budget I could never afford it.
4 years 33 weeks
I'm planning on a water birth (at a birthing center) for my first baby, due in 8 weeks! My sister had a home waterbirth with her twins, it was very peaceful. I've been wanting a waterbirth ever since I first read about them 15 years ago...I'm very excited!
4 years 33 weeks
Where I live it's not an option if you have a hospital birth, only with a midwife and that's very difficult to get because of the demand. If I could have had a water birth or ever can in the future, I'm completely up for it!!!
kia kia 4 years 33 weeks
We are actually planning a home birth with our first and will have a tub as an option for when the time comes. I love that Giselle did this but not one media outlet has mentioned if she used a midwife or any other type of assistance which I think would be cool to know for those unfamiliar with home births.
starbucks2 starbucks2 4 years 33 weeks
I actually wanted a water birth, but through away all my plans once I got to the hospital. It's said to lower the risk of injuries on mama's delicate places, which I was very concerned about. If I have another baby I'll consider it again.
the-kiki the-kiki 4 years 33 weeks
We're planning a home birth with our second, and I like the option of water birth, or at least laboring in water, but am not sure that water birth is for me. I've read about it and watched videos of water birth, but it still kind of creeps me out that the baby is underwater for a few seconds to minutes, even though I KNOW that babies are getting oxygen from the umbilical cord still and don't take a breath until they're brought out into the air. It's a mental thing for me--I think you need to be comfortable with your birth choices, and I get weirded out thinking of me doing one. More power to her, though! I personally love hearing about alternative birth choices that celebrities (and normal women!) make.