You might think that the world’s highest paid supermodel – worth an estimated $70 million thanks to multiple highly lucrative modeling and endorsement gigs – would seek out the comfort of a private four star medical facility to deliver her first baby. In Gisele Bundchen’s case, she did the complete opposite by instead choosing to partake in a natural birth via nothing more than the bathtub located in her Boston penthouse.
Modernized birthing options such as submitting to an epidural while in the hospital or opting for a Caesarean section have become the norm in our culture, but well before we had access to drugs and medical technology, women allowed Mother Nature to take its course. The new mother of baby Benjamin actually decided to go with a water birth after viewing the 2008 documentary, “The Business of Being Born” which highlights how medical intervention can oftentimes compromise what is actually designed to be a completely natural rite of passage.
Proponents of water births say that in addition to providing a more peaceful and relaxing environment for the baby to emerge, the process offers a natural type of main management referred to as an “aquadural”. According to Boston.com, Bundchen’s relatively streamlined 8 hour labor was ultimately achieved through a natural pain management system combining breathing techniques with self-hypnosis relaxation.
Claiming that the environment has always been her passion, for the last several years the new mom has been involved with several Amazon Rainforest charities, she currently endorses an eco-footwear line called Ipanema and she regularly spreads the word about eco-issues through her blog. Most recently, she was named the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program, a position which she anticipates will help her to “raise awareness and inspire action to protect the environment.”
Via I’m Not Obsessed