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  1. Wow. Never thought I’d regret missing an episode of that show. Not usually my type. But how wonderful that she showed a great birth experience.

  2. I was happy to see this, too…even more happy to see/read the positive responses! Just another example of something that surprises me just when I thought I was too jaded to change my mind (especially about something involving E!)

  3. duh people, some women dont feel labor pains… its rare but it happens.. and she was prob. one of them.. pure luck… but congrats to her for showing such composure… :)

  4. Thanks so much for quoting Momotics! I love your post and I agree with everything you said!
    I am glad that there are other women out there who really felt touched by the birth too!


  5. Since my baby’s due in a week and a half… I’m sorry I missed this show. But the way E! does reruns, I’m sure I’ll catch it before my baby arrives.

    ALI-I would think that feeling labor pains and being calm aren’t mutually exclusive.

  6. Thanks so much for mentioning Millicent and Carla Fran here! This episode of the Kardashians was so great, and it is soooo nice to see comments over at Jezebel that aren’t horrified by birth.

    I’m a doula, and it seems like a lot of the time I have to “prove the problem” to friends and clients and illustrate how childbirth is treated, and why they should care. When I recommend the Business of Being Born or books by Ina May, I sometimes feel like I am passing out propaganda pamphlets. It’s a relief to have something this mainstream and pop to refer to…it’s a little easier to have the conversation, and a little more fun as well.

  7. You know, it always surprises me to see who ends up being a birth advocate. For example, when Rikki Lake was just an actress-turned-talk show host I wouldn’t have called “The Business of Being Born”.

    I hope that this has changed the way that some women view birth. It doesn’t have to be medical, it can be very lovely and peaceful.

  8. Kourtney was lucky to have such an easy birth, therefore she was able to remain calm enough to help her baby out. This is the way to give bith, although most of us didn’t have it so easy.


  9. It was a great birth and closest to most that I’ve been privy to witness or attend. But it was also edited, I’m sure.

    We have to thank the Kardashian’s who have creative control for presenting such a positive example. Medicated or not (and who cares?) it was as a birth should be. Calm, quiet, and miraculous. Anything else is not good for the baby or mom.

  10. Hi – I have been lurking for a while and now I have something to say! Have you seen “16 and Pregnant” on MTV – I know, I don’t usually watch that either, but last night I was shocked. I saw two episodes and neither had the drama-injected birthing scenes and I assume that this is targeted to teens girls. I was really impressed as the young mothers are really brave and not one of them had the screaming or the emergency c-section.

  11. Birth can be calm and quiet – and it can be loud, too. There is nothing wrong with being loud during labor, because for some the baby just doesn’t ‘slide out’ and it’s hard work to push out a baby. Women who ‘scream’ or vocalize in labor are not “drama queens” (as I’ve heard them be called before) but are often just doing what feels natural. As someone recently put it, “You don’t hear people telling professional weight lifters not to grunt, scream or make lots of noise while lifting weights, do you?”

  12. This is AWESOME! I recently blogged about Kendra Wilkinson’s C-section after induction. (No surprise there, right?) It’s so refreshing to see a celeb go the natural route. Thanks for pointing it out to me. I’m going to mention your post in a future post, and I’m about to tweet it, too.

    Best, –KB

  13. I felt the same way after watching this episode!

    I was totally expecting a typical chaotic, tense, drama-filled TV birth. And, since the show is known for ridiculous histrionics, petty bickering, and diva behavior, I really expected the worst.

    But seeing Kourtney so carefree and calm while getting ready to go to the hospital, I was shocked (and pleased). And watching her in labor, pushing so intently, then reaching down for her baby, I got goosebumps. I also loved her family’s reaction…how they treated her like she was amazing instead of “OMG…gross!”

    Across the board, it was a much more positive TV birth than anything I’ve ever seen on “A Baby Story” and the like.

  14. The Kardashians are one of my semi-guilty pleasures and I was very impressed with her birth! I do wish they had shown more about her labor and if she had pain meds, etc., but I was inspired by her posh, zen birth. She was calm and looked amazing, and I LOVE that she pulled her own son out.

    You are the first blog I’ve seen cover this topic, and I think it’s a video everyone should see. Kourtney Kardashian is not someone you would think of as “crunchy” ;) yet her birth was so much more beautiful and natural than the crap I’ve stopped bothering to watch on the TLC network.

  15. Huh, I’ve never been a reality show fan and didn’t even know who the Kardashians were until recently!!! Glad there’s some actual reality tv that’s sort of reality based!

  16. Wow! I’m so glad I read this post. I love how you put it: “A reality TV show actually showing reality? Wow!” I was wow-ed, too. I think that is the first positive, true-to-life birth I have seen on TV. It made me smile! :)



  17. I think that is amazing. I have had 3 children,and honestly the screaming, freaking out, and etc. are not reality at all. It is so good to see someone famous show how childbirth can be if you make it that way. You don’t have to be like you see women act on tv usually. It is an amazing experience. :-)


  18. The Deranged Housewife said, “Birth can be calm and quiet – and it can be loud, too. There is nothing wrong with being loud during labor, because for some the baby just doesn’t ’slide out’ and it’s hard work to push out a baby.”

    You are so right that there’s nothing wrong with vocalizing in labor. Personally, I’m a quiet sort, but I think I ought to be free to scream if I wanted to. However — and I know you agree because I have seen your comments on the My OB Said What blog — there’s a big difference between focused vocalizing and hysterical screaming, between making noise because you are working hard, and losing control because the pain is unbearable. I imagine the latter does happen to some women, even sometimes with natural labor. I know that when my third baby was born in 45 minutes I was initially shocked by the force of the contractions, and I couldn’t have done that for 8-12 hours (the length of my other births). But most normal labors are manageable, even if they are hard work, so it’s good to see a mainstream celebrity *managing* it.

  19. I am so happy to hear that Kourtney K is doing the natural childbirth thing! I am so happy that some celebrities are giving childbirth a good name!
    -Sylvia

  20. You are so right that there’s nothing wrong with vocalizing in labor. Personally, I’m a quiet sort, but I think I ought to be free to scream if I wanted to. However — and I know you agree because I have seen your comments on the My OB Said What blog — there’s a big difference between focused vocalizing and hysterical screaming, between making noise because you are working hard, and losing control because the pain is unbearable.

  21. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

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