Kate Winslet discusses her “triumphant” VBAC

by | May 11, 2008 | Birth stories, Hospital birth, VBAC | 3 comments

The March 2004 issue of Gotham Magazine contained a great interview with Kate Winslet where she discusses the births of her two children: one an emergency cesarean and the other a VBAC.  It goes to show what incredible healing can occur for some women when they VBAC.

G: So, did vou do the delivery au naturel or did vou get the drugs?

KW: Well, here’s the tiling. I’ve never talked about this. I’ve actually gone to great pains to cover it up. But 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. My whole life, I’d been told I had great childbearing hips. There’s this thing amongst women in the world that if you can handle childbirth, you can handle anything. I had never handled childbirth, and I felt like, in some way that I couldn’t join that “powerful women’s club.” So it was an amazing feeling having Joe naturally, vaginally. Fourteen hours with no drugs at all, but then I had to have an epidural because I was so tired. I honestly thought I’d never be able to do it. It was an incredible birth. It laid all the ghosts to rest. It was really triumphant.

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  1. I was fortunate not to have a c-section. I was told that with my twins that I would most likely. Their reasoning is twins it was safer with twins, I was pre-term. A laundry list. I had my previous 3 boys in a small town. Completely natural, no drugs all labors over 16hrs. The doctors beleived in complete natural, unless emergent. Mine would say “When the fruit is ripe it will drop” God desighned us to deliver naturally. My twins became very medical.I had to sign a paper stating I understood the risk of vaginal delivery.They put an epidural in right as we were going into delivery room. Just in case. It felt abnormal having them slow my delivery & telling me to push.I was terrified of C-Section, I completely sympathize with you. Babies were healthy, boys both 6lb9oz & 19″,exact same size,they are’nt identicals. Only problem is their breathing was weak, because of the epi-dural I never wanted. Im so glad you were able to have a successful VBAC.

    • Michelle,

      Congratulations! That is wonderful that your doctor supported vaginal delivery of twins!



  2. When I was pregnant with my daughter in 2004 I was forwarded this quote by an ICAN leader that I had contacted. I cried. It was the first time that I felt like someone understood how I felt about my son’s birth via C-section. I’m so glad that she had the courage to come clean, it made me feel so much better just knowing that I wasn’t alone and that I wasn’t crazy.


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Jen Kamel is the founder of VBAC Facts, an educational, training and consulting firm. As a nationally recognized VBAC strategist and consumer advocate, she has been invited to present Grand Rounds at a hospital, served as an expert witness in a legal proceeding, and has traveled the country educating hundreds of professionals and highly motivated parents. Even more have accessed her trainings online. She speaks at national conferences and has worked as a legislative consultant in various states focusing on midwifery legislation and regulations. She has testified multiple times in front of the California Medical Board and legislative committees on the importance of VBAC access and is the Secretary for the California Association of Midwives and the California Association of Licensed Midwives. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is peanut butter chocolate. And mint chip. And coffee.

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