Supermarket Superstar host Stacy Keibler welcomed her first child – daughter Ava – with husband Jared Pobre in Aug. 2014.
Now, the new mom is opening up about the joys of home birth and the importance of viewing Ricki Lake‘s documentary, The Business of Being Born, before giving birth for the first time.
Keibler shared a new family photo and posted the following message on her website Wednesday:
“The Business of Being Born is a must-see for any couple thinking about having a baby. Hands down, this documentary changed everything for my husband and me.
Watching the movie really opened our eyes to things we didn’t want to have happen during the birthing process. We had no idea how many unnecessary protocols are in place for you and your baby when in labor at the hospital.
After watching this insightful film, we wanted to educate ourselves as much as we could and raise awareness on this controversial topic. When I was pregnant, I did concurrent care with both my OB-gyn and midwife because I wanted to compare the journey. I concluded that there was no doubt that I wanted to have a home birth with no medication. My husband and family totally agreed. I was so grateful to be able to experience labor in this way, in the comfort of my own home.
It was calming, private and uninterrupted, which made for an incredible bonding experience for all three of us. It was by far the best decision I could have made.
It’s tough to make a choice for so many reasons, but ultimately, any mom-to-be needs to listen to her own heart and do what she thinks is best for her family. Educating yourself will help guide you in the direction that feels right. If you are pregnant for the first or the fifth time, it is never too late to change your mind on how you would like to experience your little miracle coming into this world.
I guarantee that The Business of Being Born will give you much to think about. And now, more people than ever will have access to it: The film is being offered worldwide at video-on-demand on their recently relaunched website.”
To watch Stacy’s exclusive interview with Ricki, click below…
During a Monday appearance on HuffPost Live, new dad Ryan Reynolds opened up about family life with wife, Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, and their 6-month-old daughter James.
“Everybody thinks their son or daughter is God’s gift to air. And in their home, they are,” the Woman in Gold star, 38, said. “When I’m in my private moments, I look at my daughter and go, ‘You are the most amazing creature I’ve ever seen in my life.’”
The Canadian actor went on to say he’s trying to distance himself from his smartphone when around his daughter.
“It’s easy [to tweet] when you’re shooting, because it’s the old hurry up and wait philosophy,” said the Deadpool star. “It’s a little dangerous, because you used to sit back and read a book [in between takes], and now you’ve got this thing in your face. I’m as guilty of it as anyone else. I have a little daughter now, and I’m trying to not have [my phone] around.”
But don’t expect him to gush about his baby girl online too often.
“[It’s] sort of annoying to [tweet about your child] publicly, so I usually go the other way, and write silly jokes about how my daughter’s terrible with her art,” he shared. “I had a friend who said ‘my kid is 2, and already quoting Chekov,’ and I was like ‘your kid’s a genius, and probably an a–hole.’”
The actor – who is promoting his new film Self/less – also opened up to AOL Build Monday.
“Yeah, you suddenly feel the inexorable amount of time go by,” Reynolds said. “There’s nothing that ages you faster than having a kid, and that’s not because you wake up in the middle of the night every five seconds because someone’s got to sh*t themselves—it’s really because you’re looking at this person and time is just flying by, like how is it possible that you’re already half a year old?”
He added: “And when most people are given at best 90 of these years on this planet, you start to look at it like that, it freaks you out a little bit. You start to make the most of the time you have with this person.”
The perks of being a new dad in showbiz?
“We have long hours but we also get breaks, and unlike most people who get one week off a year, I might have three months off which is so nice, those three months used to drive me insane when I was a young buck, single, and carefree, but now I just want to be with my daughter so yeah,” Reynolds admitted. “I’ll do anything to be with my wife and baby.”
Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker covers the August issue of Cosmopolitan and opens up about rejecting feminism, her Met Gala ensemble, and family life with husband Matthew Broderick and their three kids: son James, 12, and 6-year-old twin daughters Tabitha and Loretta.
On being a humanist, not a feminist: “As [playwright] Wendy Wasserstein would say, I’m a humanist. I’m enormously appreciative of the work that my mother’s generation did. We are the beneficiaries of a lot of disappointment, heartache, discouragement, and misunderstanding. But I see a lot of people trying to sort out their roles. People of color, gays, lesbians, and transgenders who are carving out this space. I’m not spitting in the face or being lazy about what still needs to be done — but I don’t think it’s just women anymore. We would be so enormously powerful if it were a humanist movement.”
On whether she has seen any of her Met Gala look’s memes: “The one thing that I saw, which was so amazing — my son showed it to me — was my headpiece cooking Rihanna like an egg. Can I tell you something though? I never saw the headpiece as flames, I never saw it!”
On what the most pressing political issues are for her: “Equality in pay. Paid sick leave. The thing that would change people’s lives maybe more than anything, assuming that we maintain access to health care, is child care. If I could guarantee every mother who is working two, three jobs that she had good child care that didn’t make her anxious all day — people would probably work in more efficient ways. How many times do you hear a wealthy person get asked, ‘How do you do it all?’ If I’m asked that question one more time … I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me? Ask someone who looks like she’s about to drop, How are you doing? How are you managing?’”