Post on Gisele's blog likens hospital births to 'violence' - FOX 35 News Orlando

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UPDATE, Nov. 29, 2012: A representative for Gisele Bundchen in Brazil contacted to say that the "strong words" used in the blog post were not Bundchen's but of a contributing columnist to her blog, Mayra Calvetti, who is Bundchen's midwife and neonatal nurse. "The post 'Birth without Violence' published in Gisele's blog was written by Mayra Calvetti and reflects exclusively her own personal thoughts on this topic. Although Gisele supports natural childbirth, the strong words were used by Ms. Calvetti, her midwife and neonatal nurse who, as a columnist at the website, was just expressing her own thoughts. The publication of this post was immediately removed from the blog once Gisele was aware of the content. Please note that the post does not reflect Gisele's opinion," the representative said.

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Gisele Bundchen is again stirring childbirth controversy by likening hospital births to "violence."

The pregnant supermodel, who gave birth naturally to her first son at home, said in a blog post on her website: "Childbirth surrounded by interventions and 'violence' is so ingrained in our society, that a humanized birth without unnecessary interventions, at home, in water or squatting is seen as an alternative birth, for hippies or something for Indians."

The use of "violence" references a 1975 book called "Birth Without Violence" written by Frederick Leboyer.

Bundchen, who is married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, sparked controversy in 2010 when she said in a magazine interview that breastfeeding should be a "worldwide law" and that moms should breastfeed babies for "at least six months."


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