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12 Celebrities Who Had C-Section Births
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Fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has four children—Brooklyn, Cruz, Romeo and Harper—with her soccer star husband, David. Beckham, who is responsible for the phrase "too posh to push," had all of her children via C-section. Her last child and only girl, Harper, was born in 2011.
Singer and The Voice judge Christina Aguilera caused waves in 2008 when she admitted to scheduling a C-section for her first baby, Max Liron Bratman, with ex-husband Jordan Bratman. She famously said, "I didn't want any surprises. Honestly, I didn't want any tearing. I had heard horror stories of women going in and having to have an emergency C-section. The hardest part was deciding on his birthday. I wanted to leave it up to fate, but at the same time, I was ready to be done early!" It's reported that she gave birth to her second baby—daughter Summer Rain Rutler—with partner Matthew Rutler via C-section, as well.
All three of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's biological children were born via C-section. The Maleficent star reportedly said of the 2006 birth of her first, Shiloh: "I had a C-section, and I found it fascinating. I didn't find it a sacrifice, and I didn't find it a painful experience. I found it a fascinating miracle of what a body can do." The couple then welcomed their twins—Vivienne and Knox—via cesarean in 2008.
Pop queen Britney Spears not only gave birth to her boys—Sean Preston and Jayden James—via cesarean, she was hoping to give birth to them via C-section. During her first pregnancy in 2005, Spears, whose children are with Kevin Federline, famously told Elle, "I have a feeling I'm going to have an operation. I don't know why, but I hope so. My mom said giving birth was the most excruciating thing that she's ever gone through in her life. So if a cesarean doesn't happen, I'll be like, 'Epidural, please!' Hopefully, my athletic abilities will take over."
Beverly Hills 90210 alum Tori Spelling welcomed son Finn Davey in 2012 with husband Dean McDermott, but her pregnancy was far from uneventful. The actress revealed that she almost died during her pregnancy after developing placenta previa. The condition was reportedly from the fact that she conceived Finn just one month after giving birth to daughter Hattie and having had three previous cesareans. Thankfully, everyone is okay. Spelling said, "I just remember thinking, I can't leave three children behind." In addition to Finn and Hattie, she and McDermott are parents to Liam, 5, and Stella, 4.
After the birth of her second child, Joe, in 2003, Kate Winslet admitted to lying about how her first baby, daughter Mia, was born in 2000. The Titanic actress initially told everyone that her first was born naturally, when actually she was born via cesarean. But, after having a natural childbirth with her second, she came clean, saying, "Mia was an emergency C-section. I just said that I had a natural birth because I was so completely traumatized by the fact that I hadn't given birth. I felt like a complete failure."
American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez had a change of heart about her 2008 ceserean with twins Max and Emme after seeing her sister give birth. The pop star, whose children are with ex-husband Marc Anthony, said, "Because I had twins and it was recommended for me to have a C-section, and there was a part of me [that] had thought, 'I didn't get to do it the way that everybody else does.' But when I saw my sister pushing that baby out, I was like, 'Maybe this was all right! Maybe this was a better out.' So that was an experience."
When Wild Things star Denise Richards was expecting her first baby with her husband at the time, Charlie Sheen, the actress had scheduled a C-section that would coincide with Sheen's hiatus from Two and a Half Men. "It was convenient," Richards told People magazine. "We like to plan things." But, lo and behold, their daughter Sam wound up coming on her own. Richards delivered her, as well as her next biological child, Lola, via cesarean. Richards has since adopted another daughter on her own, Eloise Joni Richards.
In 2008, model and Sheer Genius host Camila Alves wound up having a cesarean for the birth of her first child, Levi, after laboring for a whopping 60 hours! Her husband, Matthew McConaughey, recounted his wife's birth like only he could, saying, "We'd been up for 40-something hours, and we went from dead tired to a really steadfast, 'Let's handle this...let's stay in the rhythm. Don't let the contraction be more than you.' The doctor wanted to give her an epidural, and we said, 'Give us a few more hours to keep rocking with this.' I wasn't speaking for Camila. She had the option of saying, 'Give me an epidural, right now,' whenever she wanted. This is where I learned—and no one tells you this—but having a baby is a bloody, pukey, sweaty, primeval thing! And I mean that as a beautiful thing. It is wild. But the vacuum didn't work, and the doctor said, 'C-section.'"
Despite really wanting a natural, unmedicated childbirth, singer Pink wound up having a cesarean in 2011 for the birth of her daughter, Willow. Pink revealed that she and husband Carey Hart had watched Ricki Lake's documentary, The Business of Being Born, and found the film completely enlightening. However, her daughter's path was different from what the couple had planned for. "She was in the frank breech position, which is head up with her legs up by her head in a pike position," Pink told People. "We tried everything to turn her around. Turns out this little girl had other plans—she is my daughter, after all."
Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel wound up having a C-section in 2010 for the birth of her daughter, Bryn Hoppy. After 30 hours of labor, doctors advised Bethenny and her husband at the time, Jason Hoppy, to opt for a cesarean. "She came out like a little doll," Frankel said of her daughter's birth. "It was amazing."