Kim Kardashian Plans for the Perfect Birth
What a celebrity birth plan does—and does not—have in common with yours
Got a birth plan for the big day? A typical birth plan includes details about your preferred method of pain management during labor, who should be in the room, and what birthing positions you want to try. They’re viewed by many moms-to-be as an important tool for having an empowering birth experience.
However, there are birth plans… And then there’s Kim Kardashian’s birth plan. The reality star, due in July with her first child, is “taking preparations for childbirth very seriously,” a source tells a UK tabloid. “She wants everything to be perfect and, luckily for her, money is no object.”
Topping Kim’s birth plan? She and partner Kanye West have reportedly borrowed a page from Beyonce and Jay-Z’s playbook and have already booked an entire floor at their chosen Los Angeles-area hospital. Number two on her list? The room where she will give birth “will be totally soundproofed before the delivery,” according to reports.
Just another case of out-of-touch celebrity demands? Lately, it’s felt a little too easy to snark on Kim K., so we won’t, especially since if you dig beneath the surface of what “sources” say she has in store for her baby’s birthday, because some of her birth plan items actually sound—gasp!—pretty down to earth.
As a source close to the star reports, “Kim’s been reading about how monumental the first few moments of a baby’s life are and wants her child’s entry to the world to be idyllic. She wants all outside influences and noise of traffic muted… Mood lighting and atmosphere are important, so she plans to reflect the sounds of nature with trickling water and soothing wind.”
Quiet. Peaceful. Soothing sounds of nature. Is that so diva-ish?
“I never thought the day would come that I would have something in common with a Kardashian, but I had these exact same items on my birth plan with my first child, right down to the nature sounds I had loaded on my iPod,” says Tina Wheaton, a mom of two from Huntington, New York.
If Wheaton’s experience is anything to go by, however, Kim and Kanye may want to add one more item to their birth plan: flexibility.
“As soon as I got to the hospital and handed over my birth plan, the nurses could not have been nicer dimming the lights and closing the curtains, drawing me a bath, and hooking my iPod up to my speakers… everything I had on my list.”
Also on Wheaton’s plan, though, was an item that read, “I prefer to birth naturally; do not offer me an epidural.”
“As soon as I settled in, I realized that the soothing whale noises and soft light weren’t going to cut it. So on went the lights, in came the anesthesiologist, and out the window flew the birth plan that I had worked so hard on.”
Wheaton’s birth story has a happy ending, although she has no memory of whether the ocean noises stayed on or were turned off when labor kicked into high gear. But she does have some advice for Kim.
“You can plan for birth, but you can’t control it. Positively visualizing the birth I wanted helped me not feel so scared when I went into labor… In the end, I didn’t get the birth I planned, but I loved the birth I got.”
Sound advice for all!
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