Alanis Morissette, who gave birth to her son, Ever, on Christmas Day 2011 at home with the help of a doula and a midwife (and no drugs), has opened up about the event to the US Today show.”The experience was beyond pain,” she said. “It was a transcendental experience. I just went to this whole other world.”Without the help of medication, “I basically had to be the little soldier that I am and really focus on this new beautiful creature coming out of me,” explained the singer, 39, who married rapper Mario “MC Souleye” Treadway in May 2012 at their home in Los Angeles.
“I would do it again,” she said. “And in the same breath, it wasn’t the easiest experience of my life.”
Morissette has also been puzzled by negative reactions to her baby-raising method, attachment parenting. “I get curious if someone’s really off-put by it or horrified or judgmental. What part of it is gross?” She puts the reaction down to “a severly under-touched society.”
“I think a common misperception about attuning and tending to a child’s needs so constantly is that they don’t grow in their independence, but I think that the opposite is true … They learn that connection is safe and they learn to stand on their own two feet in a way that I know all parents ultimately want for their kids.”
Did you have a drug-free birth? Would you have a home birth if your pregnancy presented no problems? And what are your views on attachment parenting?