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For Karol na Kurkov , there was no place like home to welcome her first child.
Setting up a birthing suite in the comforts of her Tribeca apartment, the model mama admits her motivation behind her decision to deliver naturally was simple: childbirth is nothing new.
“Of course we had the midwife, we had the doula, but that’s something we really did a lot of research on and we wanted to do,” Kurkov , 28, tells Access Hollywood Live. “We wanted to do it in our home where I felt comfortable.”
“[For] centuries, women have been giving birth naturally and I think your body adjusts to it and you get into a zone.”
Her active labor lasted 2 hours — a process she calls “quite quick” — and, by keeping her concentration on seeing her son, little time was left to think of the pain.
“It’s not like, ‘Oh my God, it’s a pain. I’m dying, I’m dying,’” the supermodel coach of The Face says. “It was so gradual you just kind of deal with it. You get in a zone, you really focus on helping this child to come out.”
With her husband Archie Drury preparing “green juice and coconut water” to keep his wife hydrated, it wasn’t long before Kurkov ’s midwife let her know baby boy was on his way.
“I really wanted to do it in the water because it’s better for the baby to be born in the water — from water to water — and it’s less painful for the mom,” she explains of her decision to deliver in a birthing pool.
“When he’s born in the water, there’s still the umbilical cord so until you clip it they can still breathe through it. He was born in the water [then] we put him on my chest.”
Recalling the big day as an “incredible experience” Kurkov will “absolutely” do it all over again — eventually. Until then, now 3-year-old Tobin Jack has all his mama’s attention.
“I want to enjoy [Tobin] first and learn everything and really spend time with him,” she explains.
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– Anya Leon