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Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt birth update and details

05/30/2006 at 05:16 PM ET

Bradangelina_1Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have made an official statement regarding the birth of their daughter. They tell People, "We would like to deeply thank the staff of the Cottage Medi-Clinic Hospital for all their kindness and commitment in assuring the successful birth of our daughter." Their doctor provides more details:

Los Angeles OB/GYN, Dr. Jason Rothbart, performed a scheduled c-section due to the baby’s breech position. Dr. Rothbart said, "The baby was a healthy 7 lbs. Brad was with Angelina in the operating room the entire time and cut the umbilical cord of his daughter. The surgery and birth went flawlessly. The staff, nurses and doctors I worked with at the Cottage Medi-Clinic Hospital were amazing, it was a team effort."

People describes the obstetrics unit of the hospital as a place that "does their best to make childbirth an experience the whole family can share in. They encourage rooming in – that is, babies and mothers staying in the same room – and breastfeeding and feeding on demand. Both parents are encouraged to bathe the baby, and fathers and siblings are welcome to visit."

Source: People Magazine and Yahoo! News

Thanks to CBB readers Amanda, Iliana, Heather, Maya, Jennifer, Michelle, Karen, Stephanie, Julie, Toni, Erin, Carrie, and Christy.

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Erin on

Glad to see more details coming out =)

As I’ve been saying: Now all we need are pictures!! LOL =P

kristen on

I wish Angie and Brad had camped out at the Farm, where they still believe that breech babies can be born vaginally. It’s really disappointing to see all these celeb c-sections.

But I do wish the family the best, they are a good family.

gargoylegurl on

YAY! I’m so excited to hear the details! 8)

Sounds like it was a wonderful experience!

On the topic of baby Shiloh, I’m hearing reports (from CNN to name one) that the first pic of the baby could go for around $5 million! WOW! I also heard that Angie and Brad are considering releasing official photos of her and donating the money to charity…now that would be cool! It wouldn’t eliminate the paparazzi of course, but it would probably help curb them some. If the “bounty” for pics of Shiloh isn’t so great they may not get hounded quite so badly…

I hope they stay in Africa for a while so that they can enjoy the first few weeks of their baby’s life in relative peace. 8)

BP on

I wasn’t gonna say anything, but…
kristen,
What is wrong with them having a c-section as recommended by their OBGYN?! If they felt that the risk was not one they were willing to take, more power to them! I wish people wouldn’t use the word “disappointed” and “c-section” together so often…it must be really disheartening for those who have had to have one/ chose to have one for whatever reason to hear others judge them this way. It is unfair and sad. Yes, vaginal births are what is supposed to happen, but medicine has also found ways of making sure that moms & babies are safe and healthy even when it cannot be the case. A healthy, happy mom & child are the BEST possible outcome, no matter how they arrive at that point!

landroverdisco on

I agree BP. ;-)

Erin on

I 100% agree with you, BP =) Well said!! =D

asheley on

well BP. lets just look at britney as an example….she wanted, and actually got a c-section without even trying so maybe thats what kristen meant…cuz from the time britney was pregnant she said she did not want to do it vaginally

gargoylegurl on

There does appear to be a growing celebrity trend for c-sections. It interests me both as a woman that has (for medical reasons) delivered that way, and just really I’m curious as to why the sudden rise in c-sections?

I agree with BP in that as long as the baby and mother are healthy, it really doesn’t matter how the baby arrives. I just wonder if some celebs, like Britney (as mentioned in the above comment) are doing it just because they don’t want to go through a “natural” birth. And even if a woman does choose a c-section for a non-medical reason, I guess that’s her prerogative. I just have a hard time understanding why anyone would prefer to have major abdominal surgery over a vaginal delivery. As I’m sure any woman who has had a c-section will tell you, IT HURTS! There is plenty of pain & discomfort that last for days after the delivery, not to mention loss of feeling in the scar region.

It’s an interesting subject.

As for Shiloh’s birth, it makes sense to me that Angie would choose a c-section knowing that her baby was breech. While it’s not impossible to deliver vaginally with the baby in this position, I hear it can be very difficult and risky. I’m sure Angelina and Brad made the right decision for them.

joy on

I agree with BP. I think for Britney she was just young and scared thinking laboring for long hours would be really hard and would rather just be snipped and done. However, I heard the recovery time is much longer. I personally haven’t given birth but I woild do whatever my doctor advised that would be best. I would love to do it vaginally but of course going through labor is something nobody really cares for!

In the end it doesn’t matter how the baby got here just that she’s here and healthy. A

And I do believe that they will release photos of the baby for all & donate it to charity. That’s probably the better way. Of course paparazzi will get exclusives but why not give them all the same thing in the beginning and everybody’s happy.

Autumn on

With the way Angelina seems to be, I would imagine that she probably was planning on having a natural birth like most of the women in the African, etc. countries do, however it probably was for medical reasons that she had the c-section.

(Now if it had been Jen having the baby, it definitely would’ve been a c-section in a Beverly Hills Hospital or birthing clinic…although I guess she did “fake give birth” naturally on ‘Friends’. lol!)

It would be cool if Brad & Angie did donate whatever proceeds they get from Shiloh’s photo to charity, that is if they do let someone professionally take her picture.

It is cool though that they already have donated thousands to the hospital/clinic where Angie gave birth, and to a school.

As far as Brit’s c-section for Sean, I would imagine that she did because she was afraid at the time. I just hope that her next one goes alright since the babies are going to be only about 12 months apart.

I worry because over 20 yrs go (almost 25) my mom’s friend had her 3rd and 4th kids only a year apart via c-section, and just before her daughter was born, her year old c-section started to rupture and they were able to save that mother & baby literally just in the nick of time. I would hate for that to happen to Britney, because it’d leave Sean and orphan and I shutter to think of K-Fed as Sean’s only surviving parent!

Jaclyn on

“Now if it had been Jen having the baby, it definitely would’ve been a c-section in a Beverly Hills Hospital or birthing clinic…although I guess she did “fake give birth” naturally on ‘Friends’. lol!)”

Okay … like you have any inside knowledge on this one?!

As for the rise in c-sections its disheartening, because the vaginal birthing process in an integral part of life and can directly affect a child’s health, parental bonding, and nursing. However, having said that while many people do deliver breech babies many doctors (especially in North America) are no longer trained to do so and it is perceived as too great a risk. So, undoubtably Brad & Angie must have felt a strong need to do this. This wasn’t the case with Britney or countless other celebrities who feel their are too posh to push and do not want to deal with the affects of the last weeks of pregnancy and labour.

The rise in c-sections amoungst celebs is reflective of the rise in us common folk and has more to do with a lack of knowledge and an unwillingness to be patient (inductions & interventions such as pitocin) on both the doctors and patients part. I’m all for c-sections if they are needed (placental abruption, etc) but too many people just think they need one & so that has put many people on the defensive.

joy on

“Now if it had been Jen having the baby, it definitely would’ve been a c-section in a Beverly Hills Hospital or birthing clinic…although I guess she did “fake give birth” naturally on ‘Friends’. lol!)”

*scratches head in confusion*

“I worry because over 20 yrs go (almost 25) my mom’s friend had her 3rd and 4th kids only a year apart via c-section, and just before her daughter was born, her year old c-section started to rupture and they were able to save that mother & baby literally just in the nick of time. I would hate for that to happen to Britney, because it’d leave Sean and orphan and I shutter to think of K-Fed as Sean’s only surviving parent!”

Many people have had back to back c-sections. I am sure there is a very small number of people who’ve actually experienced this tragedy. I was under the impression that a c-section is only performed when it is deamed necessary and not just bc a person chooses this method. Anyways, I know my mom had two c-sections bc she had complications w/ both my brother and myself. But she said she’d do it all over that way then experience labor pains!

dave on

Don’t make c-sections out to be a celebrity thing. The c-section rate has gone for everyone. I had a cousin who had a c-section birth two weeks ago.

Stacey on

“People describes the obstetrics unit of the hospital as a place that “does their best to make childbirth an experience the whole family can share in. They encourage rooming in – that is, babies and mothers staying in the same room – and breastfeeding and feeding on demand. Both parents are encouraged to bathe the baby, and fathers and siblings are welcome to visit.”

Uhhh, aren’t all hospitals like that? I wouldn’t want to give birth in one that wasn’t. If it’s rare, I’ll count myself lucky.

Stacey on

Joy:

“I was under the impression that a c-section is only performed when it is deamed necessary and not just bc a person chooses this method.”

It’s not. But it should be.

Danielle, CBB Publisher on

Please stop the debate over c-sections or we’ll need to close the comments on this post. If you want to discuss the merits of c-sections, there are more appropriate sites.

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