Midwife says Bundchen brave during birth

Feb. 7, 2010 at 12:03 PM
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BOSTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Supermodel Gisele Bundchen remained brave and focused on her breathing while giving birth at her Boston home last year, a midwife says.

Midwife Deborah Allen, who assisted with the Dec. 8 birth of Bundchen's son Benjamin, said a "presence of love" helped the Brazilian model deal with the work of giving birth to her son, The Boston Herald reported exclusively Sunday.

"She report(ed) no pain in childbirth. However, it was work. I would say that Gisele was so aware of the presence of love that she had no fear," Allen told the Herald.

Bundchen, 29, and her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, decided on a natural water birth for their son. Allen would not confirm who was in attendance at the couple's home for the 2009 birth.

Allen, who has helped perform nearly 200 water births, applauded Bundchen for her approach to the birthing process.

"Gisele gave birth the way she lives her life," she told the Herald, "well-informed, trusting, ready for adventure and having prepared her body and mind for many years."

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