Mums are sharing their #SoProud birth stories in response to Harry Kane

Credit: Twitter @HKane

Harry Kane was criticised last week (August 8) after he tweeted that he was #soproud his wife had given birth without pain relief.

The England footballer was met with an online backlash due to the implication that women who give birth without pain relief should feel more proud of themselves than those who do.

Taking to Twitter, broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer wrote: “I’m delighted for @HKane & his family but why on earth should anyone be ‘proud’ of not having pain relief while giving birth? Utterly absurd! There’s a reason why women get pain relief during labour: because it bloody hurts.”

#SoProud hashtag

Anyway in response to Kane’s tweet, which has also sparked a huge hypnobirthing debate, mums are now sharing their own #SoProud birth stories.

Birth activist, Milli Hill, who runs the Positive Birth Movement, started the hashtag and invited women to discuss why they’re proud of their birth stories, pain relief or not. Lots of these women did have a pain relief free birth, and others needed intervention. But all of them are proud of what they achieved.

One person shared: “ to have given birth to three beautiful boys. 1st induced in hospital, against my better judgement – horrible. 2nd and 3rd both at home in water, much happier experiences. All births are awesome, all mothers can be .”

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While someone else said: “I’m of my 3 different births, 1st in hospital after over 24hours in labour & 45minutes pushing, 2nd at home on kitchen floor (gas & air but no pool, we ran out of hot water), third in the living room with gas & air and baby born in her sack with hand on her head”.

Another added: “ that I eventually forgave myself for ‘failing’ at being a woman, and having two C-sections. And for realising that it doesn’t matter at all, and all that angst was a complete waste of time and energy.”

Kane has since assured critics that he believed “any women can give birth however they would like” but he and his wife had “both learnt a lot from hypnobirthing”.

READ MORE: How hypnobirthing techniques can help during labour


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