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Gisele Bündchen Credits Women As a Family's 'Core'

03/09/2010 at 02:00 PM ET
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She may have welcomed her first child only three months ago, but Gisele Bündchen already has a clear picture of the mom she hopes to be.

“I grew up witnessing my mother [Vania] always trying her best at doing all she could for the six of us girls. My mom devoted her entire life to her family and did it with such grace,” she writes on her website in celebration of Mar. 8th’s International Women’s Day.

“She is my hero. She is the reason why I believe a woman is the core of a family … I can only hope to be for my kids what she will and always be for us … Our rock.”

Writing the blog entry from a “very happy and proud” mother’s perspective, Gisele’s priorities have clearly shifted since starting a family with her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. “Being committed to building a family, becoming a mother, and raising a child with love and awareness is for me, the single biggest responsibility a woman could have,” she explains.

Determined to spread the word about the wonders of natural childbirth, Gisele opens up about her own “intense and life-changing experience” when she delivered Benjamin — “surrounded by love … safe” at home.

Recalling a sense of extreme vulnerability, yet newfound empowerment, the model, 29, allowed her instincts to take over.

“It was amazing to experience my body become free to do what it was made to do by allowing my mind and my body to let go and be free to experience the changes taking place within,” she shares. “I was just there … so present, to witness the biggest miracle in my life happen before my very own eyes. To give life, what a gift!”

And when the moment came for Gisele to finally hold her baby boy, she was overcome with a sudden rush of emotion.

“When he was placed into my arms, I looked into his precious eyes and felt an overwhelming, unconditional love. I felt a huge sense of accomplishment. ‘We did it! We did it together!’ He and I. I never felt so complete and empowered in my life.”

Source: Gisele Bündchen

– Anya

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R on

I don’t really follow Gisele but after reading about her wonderful, water, homebirth, I just have to say- she’s not making anything up! I had the exact same experience with my son’s waterbirth. I had the exact same feelings during and after the birth, I too would say it was painless, overall, it was the best experience of my life. I highly recommend it!

Janna on

Please, please, please don’t ruin this beautiful article with any Negative Nelly comments like “But it’s not my fault I had a c-section” or “Lucky for her, but for the rest of us peasants childbirth doesn’t work like that” or “She’s giving women a false impression of what childbirth is like”.

I think one word of this article stands out the most for me… and that is “empowering”. I couldn’t have picked a better word myself.

She was blessed to have this experience and it’s clear that she knows how lucky and blessed she is.

Hea on

I like Gisele and I think this post was wonderful.

zarab on

I think it’s wonderful that Giselle is so happy to share her positive birth experience, and I hope it inspires others. I also had a wonderful and completely natural birth, and can relate to everything she describes. Too many women are eager to share their horror stories, and not enough women come out and share their positive birth stories, creating a culture of fear and dread around childbirth – eg. my sister, who is expecting her baby next month, was warned by a ‘friend’ a couple of days ago that childbirth was akin to having both legs hacked off with a blunt saw, while another ‘friend’ told her that the pain of childbirth was like having each of her vertabrae severed with an axe one by one!!! The day before I gave birth, I had a friend tell me that if I pursued my plan for a natural birth, I would be ‘ripped to shreads’. Why must these people scare other women like this, while women like Giselle are shot down in flames for being smug, or worse – for lying?! It is possible to have a beautiful birth experience, and you’re more likely to achieve this if you start out in a positive frame of mind.

Lola Marie on

Lovely post. Mother hood has deeply touched her :-)

luny on

THIS IS A GREAT POST!THE ONE ON HER WEBSITE HAS A PICTURE OF HER WITH BABY BEN .

megan on

“you’re more likely to achieve this if you start out in a positive frame of mind”

Let’s be realistic. Having a great birth experience is not the result of being in a positive state of mind. It’s a matter of luck, genetics and whether the baby decides to throw a curve ball into the birth plan.

Jaclyn on

Megan, statistics prove otherwise. Cultures that are not like ours have much better outcomes and attitude plays a major role in it. Luck plays a role in everything, conception, delivery, etc. but only to a certain point.

Let’s not kid ourselves and I for one am glad that celebrities like Giselle are sharing the wonderful experience that can be had. I had a natural homebirth and wouldn’t have had it any way, but I prepared myself with Hypnobabies, education, nutrition, and the guidance of my midwives.

Electra on

” We did it together!’ He and I. I never felt so complete and empowered in my life.”

Thats so sweet!

Amanda on

I have to disagree Megan. I think state of mind has a HUGE impact in many life experiences, childbirth included. I’ve had 3 wonderful births. With my first I had a failed epidural, with my second I had a shot of nubain and my third was a pain med free induction. I went into my 3rd birth determined and positive that I could handle it, and it was a great experience, pitocin and all. Catching our baby boy and looking into his eyes is something that will stay with me forever.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was pain free, but up until transition it was very manageable pain. Transition was tough, but fast. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I’m glad to see a celeb sharing a positive natural birth experience

Carol on

I’m happy she had a good experience. But, just because I chose an epidural with both of my pregnancies didn’t mean it was any less empowering or make me less of a woman for not going natural. I still felt every contraction, I felt when I had to push, I felt when both came out. It was a great experience for me and I love talking about my births and answering questions if asked. I am upfront and honest about my experience but that’s all I can say is my experience. If I have a 3rd child, I am going to try natural though and hope that my midwife is able to be with me throughout the whole process.

Mira on

Keep spreading the word, Giselle! You’re doing women around the world a great service by becoming a role model for natural birth!

Wonderful post indeed.

Something About Baby on

Lovely comments from a lovely woman.

Liz on

Great blog entry from Gisele. And of course “you’re more likely” to have a positive experience doing anything if you are in a good frame of mind. No one said “you definitely will” Megan.

Jen on

I think that Megan’s point is that telling women that a completely unmedicated (i HATE the term natural) birth is the result of a positive attitude is setting women up for failure. Yes, attitude and outlook DOES matter, but genetics, education, and luck matter more.

And fwiw, I had a completely unmedicated labor and delivery.

IMSD on

I wouldn’t say that its luck, but each woman is different. With my first child I had a natural birth plan and a doula, did my research and had a positive frame of mind throughout…however I ended up with an epidural and having a forceps delivery due to unforseen complications that arose. I don’t feel less empowered, I accept the way things turned out and I am going to try again with my second in a few weeks. No matter how you end up giving birth, the end result (a healthy happy baby) is what’s most important and there is no right or wrong way to give birth.

mb on

thank you gisele for talking about homebirth!!!

Megan on

Yep, Jen, that’s what I meant.

fuzibuni on

so, how does it set women up for failure by stressing the importance of a positive attitude? Zarab didn’t say it was the only factor… she just said it was an important part of having an empowering birth experience.

I’m glad Gisele is sharing her story… I hope we start to hear more like these.

CelebBabyLover on

I just have one word: AWWWWWWWWWW!

MontanaMomma on

What I want to know is why we tear a woman apart for expressing joy in her birthing experience, yet when a woman has a horrendous birth, we are more than willing to commiserate and empathize? Why can’t we match her jubilation? I think it is rooted very deeply in what birth has become in our culture. More woman can identify with the train wreck birth story than can with a joyous and non-traumatic birth. A pain free birth is virtually unheard of and looked upon with suspicion, where medical intervention and LOTS of pain is accepted as normal.

So many woman are robbed of their potential birthing experience, the full magnitude of emotions, natural body-produced endorphins & hormones (as Dr. Michel Odent puts it, the “love cocktail”). I believe the reaction that Gisele has received in past posts regarding her birth story is a direct result of many of us wishing we could have her experience. Birth will fundamentally change a woman, whether we like it or not. It is something we carry with us in a primal way and it’s no wonder there are such strong reactions regarding something so out of the ordinary as Gisele’s experience.

Who wouldn’t want a pain free natural childbirth where one felt strong and empowered and full of joy? I mean, really…who wouldn’t want that!? Yes, it’s true that women experience birth differently and some of us experience it as excruciating, while others do not even realize they are in labor, however, attitude and CHOICES play key roles in an optimal birth experience. In the United States we generally have a lot of fear and an attitude of escapism regarding birth and our choices are severely limited in the mainstream hospital setting. There are way too many practicing OB doctors that are not open-minded about un-managed birth, let alone homebirth, VBAC, vaginal delivery of breech and twins, etc. Scaring and scarring woman is practically the name of the game.

If we want to improve our situation as birthing women, both in the United States, and all over the world, we need to support one another and celebrate really awesome experiences like Gisele’s and get the word out far and wide that it is possible. We cannot control every aspect of birth. Genetics and your baby have a definite influence, but we can affect attitude, how we take care of our bodies and minds, and increase birthing choices and options. Knowledge is power!

Kathleen on

I really like that last quote from her. That nearly made me cry.

OnyxJones on

I love to hear natural birth stories!! Every birth there’s a chance for complications. We don’t control everything, but instances where we can have some type of control over our bodies and our births I can only imagine the sense of accomplishment.

I don’t have any children yet, but in my younger years I always said I wanted an epidural…knock me out!! All the births I had seen in movies, tv and documentaries the women were all screaming like they were being tortured. As I got older and researched, I decided if the day ever came I wanted to try a natural birth. My mother had c-sections with my brother and I due to complications. I was her 1st and she was unconscious for my birth so that memory is something she will never have and 34 years later she still expresses her sorrow in missing it.

The ultimate goal is a safe delivery for mother and child. No matter how it happens we should celebrate a new life coming into this world and not dissect each individual experience.

hayley on

even though i have always said i’m thankful for my c sections as they saved my own and my beautiful babies lives if im blessed with more that is the birth i would dream forxxxxx she is so very lucky and i am glad for her xxxx

Aimee on

Of course the gorgeous supermodel had a perfect birth lol. Some people have all the luck.

m-dot on

She seems beautiful inside and out! Congrats to her on her marriage, great L and D, and new baby. Attitude is everything! =)

katie on

give birth any way you want to.

me? i’m going empowering, painless and MEDICATED TO MY EYEBALLS

NLT on

Your choices for your birth doesn’t take away from those of us that have had good experiences with natural childbirth. If you had a c-section or an epidural, then that’s YOUR experience. Own it. It doesn’t have to be everyone else’s, nor is it saying yours was a bad experience. Just different.

luisinha on

gorgeous!

nancy kowardy on

Aloha~well said montanamomma!!I agree completely!I am so happy when high profile women share their positive natural birth experiences!I loved each and every one of my four natural home births,and am quite sure there is no way that I could have experienced them in such a profound,primal,sacred way in a hospital.

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