Celebrity Babies' Births: What Goes On When The Stars Deliver?
If there's one thing money can't buy, it's escape from pain. And when it comes to pain, there's really nothing comparable to childbirth.
So how do the ultra-wealthy and famous contend with this most humanizing of experiences? Reportedly for Beyonce and Jay-Z, it involved anything from a pre-made custom "birthing" weave to a $1.3 million rental of Lenox Hill Hospital's entire fourth floor.
But not every celeb goes the extra distance -- a surprising number give birth at home, though that's likely as much to avoid the paparazzi as it is to embrace the natural side of motherhood. Read on to discover how a whole slew of stars got through their childbirth experiences.
Though the rumours are still swirling regarding Beyonce and Jay-Z's baby Blue Ivy, so far we've heard that (a) they paid $1.3 million to rent out the entire maternity ward of New York's Lenox Hill Hospital, (b) a <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2084132/Beyonces-baby-girls-security-stops-father-seeing-premature-twins-intensive-care.html" target="_hplink">father was kept from seeing his premature twins</a> thanks to Bey's security, and (c) they had a room custom-made in the ward, complete with bulletproof glass. Not a rumour, though? That <a href="http://lifeandtimes.com/glory-feat-b-i-c" target="_hplink">Jay-Z has already released a song featuring B.I.C.</a> - that is, Blue Ivy Carter. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
If you haven't already once wished you could be Gisele Bundchen, you probably will after you hear this. The supermodel reported to Brazilian TV channel Fantasticoshe that when she gave birth to son Benjamin, it "didn't hurt in the slightest." She did so at home, without drugs, with her husband Tom Brady, a midwife and her mother beside her. "My job as a mom that I felt at that moment was to just breathe, relax and allow my body and trust my body to do what it knows, what it naturally knows what to do," she said in Ricki Lake's documentary, <a href="http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/" target="_hplink">The Business of Being Born</a>. (MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images)
It'll likely come as no surprise that singer Alanis Morissette opted for a natural birth at home with a doula, midwives and her husband, Mario 'Souleye' Treadaway. "The feedback that I got ... was that I was very quiet the whole time, and in what they felt was a deep trance and a deep prayer and a deep meditation," she said in Ricki Lake's documentary, <a href="http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/" target="_hplink">The Business of Being Born</a>. "That was their perception of me from the outside. From the inside, however, my experience was that of just sheer survival." (VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Long before it was fashionable, Demi Moore had firstborn daughter Rumer (with then-husband Bruce Willis) in 1988 at home (in fact, she had all three of her children at home). But Rumer did get to distinguish herself in one way from her sisters -- Moore hired a cameraman to film the entire process. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
"How I Met Your Mother" star Alyson Hannigan had a pretty solid bonding moment when she gave birth to her daughter on her own birthday, in her own home. Hannigan chose to give birth in a birthing tub without any drugs. Shown here with husband Alexis Denisof. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
When Mariah Carey had "<a href="http://dembabies.com/" target="_hplink">Dem Babies</a>" by caesarean section last year, she made sure they got introduced to her best work good and early. "My wife wanted to make sure that when the babies came out, that they came out not only to a Mariah Carey song, but a live performance from Mariah Carey - her Madison Square Garden performance of Fantasy - so they came out to a round of applause," husband Nick Cannon told Gayle King. (Mark Ashman/Disney via Getty Images)
"I was really looking forward to the whole rite of passage -- giving birth perfectly present, unmedicated, in the way nature intended," Pink told People magazine. However, due to the baby's breech position, after two days of labour, the singer had her daughter by caesarean section. Shown here with daughter Willow Sage and husband Carey Hart. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Busy Phillips, best known for her roles in "Cougar Town" and "Dawson's Creek" is apparently not only strong, but incredibly flexible -- she pulled her own baby out. "As she came out, the doctor got her head and her shoulders out -- there's nothing like that pain in the whole world: It's white hot. Then my doctor asked, 'Do you want to pull your daughter out?" So he took my hands and I pulled Birdie out and pulled her up to my chest,'" she told Mom magazine. She also did without being on any drugs, employing only hypnotherapy through the three-hour labour. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
As is customary in Scientology, when Kelly Preston had baby Benjamin at the age of 48 in 2010, she did so as quietly as possible. "Silent birth is basically just no words as much as possible. If you need to moan, if you need to cry out... of course that's normal. But, it's just bringing them in, in as peaceful and gentle a way as possible," she told the Today show. It can also mean the child doesn't undergo any medical tests or is spoken to for the first seven days after he is born. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Each of Victoria Beckham's four kids (like Brooklyn, shown here with producer Simon Fuller) has been born via caesarean section, prompting the phrase "too posh to push." Most recently, daughter Harper was born at <a href="http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Obstetrics-and-Gynecology/Treatment/Deluxe-Maternity-Suites.aspx" target="_hplink">Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, in a birthing suite</a> that offers, among other luxuries, hardwood floors, robes, a mini bar and a personal "mother's assistant." (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Christy Turlington Burns
Though the actual birth of daughter Grace (shown here) was relatively simple for former model Christy Turlington Burns in the ritzy maternity centre at St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, it was afterwards that her real pain began. As she hadn't delivered her placenta, the doctors were forced to remove it by hand -- an agonizing process, but one that, if not done, can kill the mother. Following the experience, Turlington launched <a href="http://everymothercounts.org/" target="_hplink">Every Mother Counts</a>, a campaign focusing on maternal health. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Never one to go the traditional route, when Angelina Jolie gave birth to her first biological child, Shiloh, she did so in a hospital in Namibia, via C-section. Besides keeping (some) of the paparazzi away, the country was also the place where she first became a mother, when she adopted son Maddox in 2002. For twins Knox and Vivienne, it was the Fondation Lenval in Nice, France, a hospital that has a history of helping parents in financial need. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Mary Lynn Rajskub
24's Mary Lynn Rajskub was another celeb mom who was hoping for a natural home birth -- so much that she fired her obstetrician who suggested she have a caesarean section two weeks before she gave birth. But as she wrote on <a href="http://www.parentsconnect.com/pregnancy/labor-and-delivery/preparing-for-labor/mary-lynn-rajskub-birth-plan.html" target="_hplink">parentsconnect.com</a>, when things went wrong with the baby, she ended up right where she didn't want to be: in the hospital, with that exact doctor on call. (Toby Canham/Getty Images)
After feeling unhappy about the way her first child was born (in the hospital, after three days of labour at home), "The Big Bang Theory's" Mayim Bialik wanted a natural home birth for her second child -- so natural, in fact, that she had her then 3-year-old son watch from his highchair. Bialik, who is a spokesperson for <a href="http://www.holisticmoms.org/" target="_hplink">Holistic Moms Network</a>, has been quite <a href="http://moms.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/05/20/6682716-mayim-bialik-why-women-shouldnt-fear-home-birth" target="_hplink">outspoken in advocating natural home births</a> for all mothers. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Jessica Alba does tend to come across as somewhat low key, so the fact that she described her home birth delivery using hypnobirthing methods of Honor (shown here) as "Zen" is unsurprising, no matter how much it makes you grit your teeth. But her experience with contractions makes us think that perhaps, she actually is otherwordly. "Contractions aren't that bad," she told Elle magazine. "If you've ever had bad cramps? That's what they're like." (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
On the flip side of all those home births are the stars who pre-plan everything, for a variety of reasons. When Christina Aguilera had son Max, she was refreshingly truthful about her reasons for scheduling a caesarean secction. "Honestly, I didn't want any [vaginal] tearing," she told People magazine. "I had heard horror stories of women going in and having to have an emergency C-section [anyway]. The hardest part was deciding on his birthday. I wanted to leave it up to fate, but at the same time I was ready to be done early!" (Toby Canham/Getty Images)
Matthew McConaughey And Camila Alves
Really, no one can tell the tale of Matthew McConaughey's fiancee Camila Alves' birth experience better than the man himself, who told OK! Magazine: "We had a 14-hour session, her and I did. I sat there with her, right between her legs. We got tribal on it, we danced to it! I was DJ-ing this Brazilian music. We were jamming! She was sweating. No painkiller, let's go." After 60 hours of labour, Alves eventually had a C-section for son Levi. The family, with daughter Vida, is shown here. (Lisa Rose/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
Although model Miranda Kerr had a natural childbirth for son Flynn (with husband Orlando Bloom), she had no qualms admitting that it was a difficult thing to do to Australian InStyle magazine. "I actually thought I was going to die at one point and left my body," she said. "I was looking down on myself, the pain was so intense ... I kept thinking, 'How do women do this?'" (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
What's a story about celebrities babies without some Suri? For Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's daughter's birth, Holmes apparently used Scientology's silent birth technique. She also gave birth on the same day, in the same hospital, on the same floor, as Brooke Shields, who Cruise had <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1531255,00.html" target="_hplink">admonished for taking medication for postpartum depression</a> after her first child. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)