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E! Shows Kourtney Kardashian Participating in Delivering Her Baby

I don’t keep up with what’s in my Google Reader, let alone with the Kardashians. I had almost unsubscribed from Jezebel.com’s feed because I, well, couldn’t keep up with it. Then I saw this.

I have to say that Kourtney Kardashian and E! showing a generation of young women someone reaching down and pulling their baby out of their vagina was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles has gained a reputation as the celebrity c-section center, but there’s some mother-friendly stuff going on in the clips on Jezebel.

I didn’t (and probably never will) watch the whole episode, but I smiled at the clip of her water breaking. When do you ever see that televised beyond the ridiculous images of actors having a gallon of water dumped between their legs, then instantly doubling over with contractions and being rushed down the hall to L&D on a gurney?

The clips are all on Jezebel.com, but here are a few screenshots of KK pulling out her baby like she’s done it a million times.

Note Mason’s arm waving at the camera

 

 

 

 Did anyone watch the whole episode? What did you think?

 

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Reader Comments (26)

I caught my own baby. They are pushed out not pulled out. All you have to do is have a good hold and hang on. I was squatting upright though, and can't even fathom how much more difficult it would be in the beetle position. It's great that women are seeing that catching their own baby is a possibility!! A lot of providers are too hands on to allow this to happen. This is an awesome example of what normal birth could become.

Thank you Ms. Kardashian for improving the timbre of birthing discourse.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

I comment regularly on Jezebel, and I love that they showed this clip. So many commenters responded along the lines of "oh my god! I didn't realise that was physically possible! Could I give birth like that? You mean I don't have to be screaming?" that I was astounded. Here's one thread: http://jezebel.com/comment/19700835/

I say astounded, because I'm young, have no children, and am not planning on having any soon, but I'm interested in birth issues from a feminist/evidence-based medicine perspective, so I do a lot of reading. I know I'm probably slightly more well-informed that the average person my age because of that, but to see that so many women's perspectives of birth come only from sensationalist TV and films was really terrible.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQoB

Impressive. I didn't like the comment her sister made about it not being normal, but I'm happy that a celebrity showed people out there that you can "deliver" your own baby. I loved how the doctor was calm and there was a lack of commotion in general. Many hospital births I've watched were just plain chaotic. Although, many women who are first time moms may go into a hospital setting expecting something like this birth, and I have a feeling they might just be disappointed.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama&Ellie

Maybe it is just my 37 weeks pregnant self, but that actually brought tears to my eyes. I am not really a fan of the Kardashians, but it was quite cool to see a woman on TV with a birth that seemed positively normal. Her sisters' comments are a bit disheartening, though overall, I think it is great for younger people to see that birth isn't always like in the movies. In fact most women I know aren't screaming their heads off and asking for their partner's testicles on a platter during labor! I just wish there were more images of births like this.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

I like watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and honestly, I did not have high hopes for a normal birth. In fact, I had predicted that she'd end up being induced and then have a c-section. (Ironically, I had thought the same thing about Kendra Wilkinson- which was what happened with her.) I was really pleased to watch the episode and see her take a calm, relaxed approach to her birth. In previous episodes, they had shown/mentioned her going to Lamaze and breastfeeding class. While there were things I wouldn't consider ideal, overall I was very impressed with how the birth was portrayed, especially in comparison to most births on TV. Congrats to Kourtney!

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

I'm always glad when there are a few glimmers out there as it relates to birthing in our culture...but I have to chuckle a little because I have *no* idea who she is.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPampered Mom

I watched it. I am a nurse and I thought that it was awesome of Kourtney to assist in pulling the baby out. As a healthcare worker I know that baby to mommy skin to skin contact is important right after they pull the baby out. Generally they rush off with the baby and dry them and do all sorts of stuff but it was very appropriate for that doc to allow that. Wonderful bonding for both mommy and baby. Doesnt matter how gross it looks to the public eye. In the mommy's mind it is amazing and not gross. Loved it!!

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRaechel, Kansas City, KS

Awesome. Just awesome.

March 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

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April 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspam

it's just funny how she does laundry after her water just broke LMFAO :D

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnita
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