Celebrities Who Love Doulas
Many celebs are hush-hush when it comes to private aspects of their lives -- including when, where, and how they gave birth to their children. But lucky for us, some have shared a few details about their birth experience, and it turns out quite a few have hired doulas to help them. Here are some famous moms who have spoken about the help they received from doulas.
In 2008, the Academy Award-winning superstar and wife of musician Keith Urban hired a doula for the birth of their first daughter, Sunday Rose. Her decision paid off. On The Oprah Winfrey Show, Kidman called the birth experience "extraordinary" and "easy." Along with the doula, Kidman had female relatives, a female doctor, and Urban with her. "Sunday Rose came out screaming," she told Oprah. "That [was] such a good sound."
She defied gravity when starring in the hit Broadway musical Wicked, but the Tony Award-winning actress and recording artist decided to stay grounded at home when giving birth to son Nathaniel Walker. Even though Menzel hasn't spoken publicly about the doula, her now-estranged husband, actor Taye Diggs of Private Practice, revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that the doula "basically told us everything that was going to happen before it was going to happen, because regardless of all the books that you read, for me personally, when I'm in the moment, I forget everything."
Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley
The Sister, Sister duo both consulted doulas. Mowry-Hardrict, the star of Instant Mom, realized that she needed help after the birth of her son, Cree. "I had to go right back to work two weeks after giving birth," she told CBS Los Angeles, even though she was still recovering from her C-section. Because she needed to work up to 14 hours a day and travel between two coasts, she hired a postpartum doula to put new motherhood into perspective for her.
Mowry-Housley wound up working with Latham Thomas, a doula located in New York City and the author of Mama Glow, when expecting her son, Aden. Thomas revealed, "I taught her about all of the lifestyle changes she should make to ensure a healthy baby and delivery ... I helped her with tools in relaxation, meditation and even breastfeeding support. She had a great birth."
When she pregnant with her son, Luca, fashion guru Rebecca Minkoff, known for her luxury handbags, apparel, and accessories, also decided to hire Latham Thomas. She described Thomas as "an angel" to MailOnline.com. "She empowers you so that you are free to focus on welcoming your baby into the world." Thomas promised to guide Minkoff once again if and when she delivers her next child.
The actress, TV producer, and co-host of Live! With Kelly and Michael seems to be able to do it all. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the most powerful people in media in 2012. But that doesn't mean she couldn't use a little help for one of the biggest events of her life: the birth of her second child, Lola. "We used a doula with the second pregnancy," Ripa said on Live!. "We did breathing exercises, we focused on things, and we focused on getting [my husband] Mark out of the room," Ripa shared. All went well for the happy family.
When the multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and her rapper husband, Mario "MC Souleye" Treadway, were expecting their son, Ever, they decided on a natural birth at home, without any pain meds. Morissette told WebMD Magazine, "I have an amazing midwife, and I'm using a doula. But we have a backup plan: I've called all the doctors and we'll be ready if something should happen." Luckily, her plan did go as she had hoped, and her doula was an integral part of the birth experience.
When they were expecting their second daughter, Keeva Jane, in 2012, the How I Met Your Mother actress and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof, opted for a home birth with a doula instead of a hospital birth. Speaking to the Celebrity Baby Scoop blog about the birth of her first daughter, Satyana Marie, in 2009, Hannigan shared, "I had a midwife, her assistant, and a doula." For her second birth, she said, "It will be the same again this time."
When not busy playing Betty Draper on TV's Mad Men, Jones was busy off-screen, giving birth to her son, Xander Dane, in 2011. Jones told People her secret to keeping up with an extra-grueling schedule after giving birth: "I have a great doula who makes sure I'm eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsulation." (Yes, that's right: Jones revealed that she took capsules of her own placenta.)
She might be a singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress, but she's also a doula. Badu knows firsthand the benefits of having a doula -- she had one herself. As she explained to Babble.com, "I had all my children at home, naturally. I had a very wise doula and midwives giving me the freedom to continue living my life. By the time I had my third baby, childbirth seemed a very natural part of life to me." After the birth of her first son, Seven Sirius (whose dad is Outkast's Andre 3000), Badu started studying midwifery. When she helped coach her best friend through a 52-hour labor, she realized she was meant to be a doula. "When I saw the baby, I cried," she told People magazine. "I knew what I was supposed to do with my life."
When Deschanel learned she was expecting her first child in 2011, her real-life pregnancy was woven into the story of her Bones alter ego, Dr. Temperance Brennan. In a FitPregnancy interview, Deschanel shared that her birth plan would involve hypnobirthing and a doula. "I'm a total hippie, so we will cosleep and breastfeed. My mom breastfed me for more than a year and I can't imagine doing it any other way," she said. Deschanel and her husband, actor David Hornsby, later welcomed a son, Henry Lamar.
Best known for her role as teenager Meadow Soprano on The Sopranos, Sigler is all grown-up now, with a family of her own. When she was expecting her son, Beau Kyle, she knew just who to call: a doula she had met when they both appeared on a show called Hollywood Game Night, way before Sigler was even pregnant. Having a doula made all the difference in Sigler's anxiety about labor and delivery. "My doula told me, 'Let's prepare in our minds for the level of pain we're expecting and double that and see what we would want to do if that happens.' But I wasn't scared of childbirth, I think because of my doula," Sigler revealed to People.
In a guest post for Celebrity Baby Blog on People in 2012, Loeb introduced her second child, a son named Emet Kuli. She shared details of his birth story: "My doula, who's one of my best friends, came over to the house at 3 a.m. to confirm I was indeed going into labor and we caravanned to the hospital," Loeb said. She delivered the baby after 12 hours.
When the 'Til Death and Desperate Housewives star was pregnant with her second daughter, True Harlow, Fisher decided to make the birth experience into a party by inviting lots of people, including a doula, to attend the event. "I decided to have her at home and had a lot of friends around, and of course her father was there," Fisher explained on Ellen. She went on to list birth attendees: "the doctor, the doula, the midwife, the butcher, baker, and candlestick maker."
When the Numb3rs and Rescue Me actress was expecting her first child, she had a vision for what the birth would be like. During her first trimester, she hired a doula, Renee, to help make her dream of a natural birth become a reality and to have someone mentoring her during those nine long months. Renee "guided me throughout my pregnancy," Farr explained to People. When the big day came, the doula stood by her side. "I was afraid to not be in a hospital, but I wanted to labor at home under the guidance of a doula as long as possible," Farr recalled. Farr's pregnancy went according to plan: Her son, Beckett Mancuso, arrived safe and sound.
The model and TV actress (Las Vegas) had her first child, son Brooks Alan, in 2012. Speaking to FitPregnancy, Sims said, "I have a doula, Lori Bregman, creator of Rooted for Life, to help during and after the birth." To help with the pregnancy, Sims also consulted ob-gyn Michelle Hakakha, M.D., a Parents contributor and author of Expecting 411.
The Grammy Award-winning artist is also a fan of Latham Thomas and praises Thomas's book, Mama Glow. While preparing for the birth of her son, Egypt, Keys revealed that "Mama Glow helps show us just how empowered we can be all the way throughout this glorious time in our lives!" As she also told The Sun about her birth experience, "It was bliss and a real miracle to be part of... And I really believe that (a) new day started the day Egypt came into this world."
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