To mark International Women's Day, supermodel Gisele Bündchen launched her new website, featuring her thoughts on motherhood, health, spirituality -- and her experience with water birth.
According to our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop, Gisele launched the site to "share her pride in being a powerful woman." In addition to items on various topics, she discussed the home birth of her son, Benjamin -- whose father is NFL star Tom Brady. Here's what she had to say in her first blog post, "A Gift From Life":
I grew up witnessing my mother always trying her best at doing all she could for the 6 of us girls. My mom devoted her entire life to her family and did it with such grace. She couldn't have been more of a loving and caring mother. She is my hero. She is the reason why I believe that a woman is the core of a family .... I can only hope to be for my kids what she will always be for us ... Our Rock.
Being committed to building a family, becoming a mother and raising a child with love and awareness is, for me, the single biggest responsibility a woman could have. Giving birth was the most intense and life-changing experience of my life. I am blessed to have been able to have a home birth surrounded by love, where I was able to feel safe. It was a powerful experience. I never felt so vulnerable but so strong at the same time. It was amazing to experience my body become free to do what it was made to do by allowing my mind and my body to let go and be free to experience the changes taking place within ... I was just there ... focusing on my breathing and relaxing the best that I could ... so present, to witness the biggest miracle in my life happen before my very own eyes. To give life to another being, what a gift!
When he finally was placed into my arms, I looked into his precious eyes and felt an overwhelming, unconditional love. I felt a huge sense of accomplishment. "We did it! We did it together!" He and I. I never felt so complete and empowered in my life.
So here I sit today, a very happy and proud mother. I am thrilled to share my experiences, as well as to celebrate with all women in the world on this special day. Happy woman's day. Have a beautiful and blessed day!
Love and light, Gisele