“How I Managed Pain in Birth”- with Cindy Crawford


Cindy Crawford Interview-

(Cindy Crawford, mama of 2) Have you ever wondered about having a baby & giving birth without pain meds? Why would you ever consider having a baby naturally, when you could easily get medication to deal with any pain in birth? How do women handle the pain in natural childbirth … what do they do? 

Cindy Crawford is here to teach you “how I managed pain in birth.”

Everyone knows Cindy is an icon, supermodel and savvy businesswoman. What you may not know … she gave birth to her 2 kids at home, with no drugs. In this class, Cindy shares why she decided to go the unmedicated childbirth route, how she prepared {mind & body} for the challenge of giving birth without drugs & how she overcame the “I don’t know if I can do this” thought ALL of us have {at some point} during birth.

You don’t have to want a natural birth to be seriously encouraged & inspired from this class. You don’t even need to know if you’d rather have a hospital birth, birth center birth or home birth. This class is for anyone who wants to have the best birth experience possible. Cindy is open, honest & shares important insights from her journey to the MotherLand, so you’ll be confident for yours.

She also teaches you:

    • Why “you’re at your strongest when you’re pregnant.” 
    • Why being truthful with yourself & coming to terms with fears before labor gives you serious confidence during labor.
    • How & Why the Pregnancy & Childbirth prep you’re doing now translates into the kind of mama you’ll be.
    • Why pre-natal yoga could make a big difference & be an excellent way for you to prepare for Cindy Crawford- You're strongest when you


Who is Cindy Crawford?

She’s a mid-western girl from DeKalb, IL (near Chicago). She graduated valedictorian of high school & earned a chemical-engineering scholarship from Northwestern University (yep, slightly brilliant). She was “discovered” in the modeling world right after college started & worked around the clock growing her modeling career. In addition to being the supermodel of supermodels, she’s an accomplished businesswoman. She’s had fitness lines, furniture lines, home-goods lines & more. Most notable in our eyes…she’s a wife & mom. She cares. She gets it. She did this interview to help you. In addition to her pie baking & corn shucking talents, Cindy’s got some mad bowling skills. See Cindy at & be sure to tell her thanks for sharing!

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“How I Managed Pain in Natural Childbirth”- our interview with Cindy Crawford

Sarah Blight:               Hi. This is Sarah Blight from your Baby Booty Interviews where we get right to the heart of the matter and tell you the information that you really want to know and need to know about becoming a mom and all that accompanies your journey to motherhood.


                                    Well today, we’re chatting about managing pain during childbirth and we are chatting with Cindy Crawford today who you probably already know. She’s a model, she’s a businesswoman and she’s also the mama of two kids and gave birth naturally so without any medication with both of her children I believe. So thanks so much, Cindy, for joining us today.


Cindy Crawford:          No, thank you for having me.


Sarah Blight:               So knowing what you know now about childbirth, is there anything that you wish you would have known beforehand, before going into it?


Cindy Crawford:          Not so much about childbirth. I think in some ways ignorance is bliss about childbirth because you can’t describe it and it’s different for everyone. Even both of my two births were completely different even though I ended up having both my children at home.


Sarah Blight:               Uh-hum.


Cindy Crawford:          I think that about pregnancy there’s things that I wish I would have known, you know, about what a science project your body becomes. But about birth itself, I think really not having any expectations is the best because you may have an idea how you want it to go, but you’re dealing with how the baby wants it to go too and sometimes that two don’t match up.


Sarah Blight:               So why did you decide to have an unmedicated birth?


Cindy Crawford:          Well that certainly wasn’t my plan going into it. When I got pregnant, I was going to be just like my sister, sign me up for the epidural and go into moving. We’re living in between New York and LA at the time and I was like, you know, going to have it at Lennox Hill. I knew exactly what I was going to do.


                                    About midway through my pregnancy, a friend of mine suggested that I come with her to a yoga class, a prenatal yoga class. She wasn’t even pregnant, but she thought I would like this class. So I went and it was at the Golden Bridge in LA with a woman named Grumuk. She really talked about how you’re actually at your strongest when you’re pregnant and it wouldn’t make sense that nature would make you weak and that how it’s such a… She helped me remember that it’s such a natural process that our bodies are made to give birth and to be pregnant. You know, just talking about through yoga, learning how to breathe through the pain, and just I started on that journey and I ended up making the decision to have the kids unmedicated. You know, to try to have a natural birth and then even in exploring those options ended up deciding to have them at home because I felt like my chances for success with a natural birth would be greater at home.


Sarah Blight:               So what was the most effective thing that you did to prepare for the childbirth experience?


Cindy Crawford:          I definitely think doing prenatal yoga was key. Two things, one was we did a lot of exercises so I did work out my body while I was pregnant and I kept it strong. But we also did a lot of visualizations and for instance doing a squatting position where your legs are burning and learning how to just breathe through that. She talked a lot about how, you know, if you’re out in the ocean and a big wave is coming at you, you really only have two choices, right? You can try to jump over it and sometimes you get smashed or you can dive into the wave and feel it, but just go deeper. We practiced that going deeper and diving into the wave of pain and embracing the pain and knowing that that pain is bringing you one step closer to your baby.


Sarah Blight:               So I know –


Cindy Crawford:          Yup.


Sarah Blight:               I know a lot of woman who are pregnant think when you’re pregnant, you have all these crazy cravings and you kind of become an alien inside your own body in a way. It sounds like you were really kicking it up a few notches and really strengthening your body on purpose. Why was that so important and did you notice that that really helped you in labor?


Cindy Crawford:          Yeah. I think that, you know, I certainly had the cravings and I certainly felt like there was an alien in my body.


Sarah Blight:               Yeah.


Cindy Crawford:          And I did yoga and I kept up most of my regular workout as well. I mean I didn’t do the stomach crunches and I stopped running. But I still felt strong and I still wanted to work out. I think it helped me because even while you’re pregnant, helped to remind me that I’m still me even though I’m carrying a baby. You know, there was still a part of me that was just still me. And also be feeling empowered and strong to face childbirth but not only childbirth but then to face the duties of a mother. Like going through that whole experience of pregnancy and natural childbirth, it was like I felt like I could do anything. I felt so empowered. I felt like okay, I’m going to be able to take care of my baby and myself. It was a very empowering experience for me.



Sarah Blight:               How far before you gave birth did you start yoga like the prenatal yoga specifically really concentrating on like the squatting and really strengthening the muscles that you were probably going to be using during childbirth? How far in advance did you start that?


Cindy Crawford:          With my first child, I didn’t tell anyone I was pregnant until 20 weeks. So I didn’t start going to that yoga class until I was 21 weeks along.


Sarah Blight:               Okay.


Cindy Crawford:          But, you know, I still had 20 weeks of really doing it regularly. It’s funny because even though through all these talking to the midwife and doing the yoga and you think, oh, I could be… One of the things that appealed to me was oh, I could be standing or if I don’t have an epidural I can walk around. Well I ended up with my son giving birth exactly the way I would have in a hospital. That’s just the way that my body wanted to give birth.


Sarah Blight:               Yeah.


Cindy Crawford:          With the second, she was I think they called it sunny side up.


Sarah Blight:               Uh-hum. Yeah.


Cindy Crawford:          For your presentation and that was a lot longer and a lot more painful and I did end up standing to deliver her.


Sarah Blight:               Uh-hum.


Cindy Crawford:          So you just don’t know.


Sarah Blight:               Yeah.


Cindy Crawford:          You don’t know what you’re going to get, but to be prepared for anything I think is the key.


Sarah Blight:               So did yoga teach you anything that you didn’t know before? I mean you’ve obviously practiced yoga before, but in the prenatal context it’s a little different.


Cindy Crawford:          Yeah. I mean I’ve done some yoga. I’m not a big yoga person.


Sarah Blight:               Okay.


Cindy Crawford:          I always feel better after I do it but it’s look, I’d rather be doing something else.


Sarah Blight:               Yeah.


Cindy Crawford:          I think that doing the prenatal yoga, it really opened up my mind. I had never even considered that there’s choices in childbirth and that what’s right for one person or your sister might not be what’s right for you.


Sarah Blight:               Uh-hum.


Cindy Crawford:          I think also after having home birth myself, I really liked watching Ricki Lake’s film, “The Business of Being Born” because I really liked –you know, and it definitely was maybe slanted one way but I think our culture is so slanted the other way. It’s like hey, sign me up for the epidural, the C-section and I think what women sometimes what isn’t valued is the experience. We all say well you got a healthy baby out of it and that’s true that’s what we all want. But the process can be very empowering or it can have the opposite effect on a woman. When it’s an empowering experience for you, you carry that into how you are as a mother.


Sarah Blight:               Yeah.


Cindy Crawford:          And that’s what’s important.


Sarah Blight:               That is. That’s a really good explanation. So what role did your mind play? You know we always talk about mind over matter in general, but how did that really play into birth? Did you hit a point during your labor where you’re like I wish I was in the hospital getting my epidural right now? Did you hit a wall and if you did kind of how did you navigate that and overcome that?


Cindy Crawford:          I thought you were going to say did you hit your husband. I –


Sarah Blight:               Well that too. [Laughs]


Cindy Crawford:          I think that with again both my births were very different. Sorry I have a little fly flying around here.


Sarah Blight:               That’s okay.


Cindy Crawford:          But with my son, I just went very interior. I don’t even think I really opened my eyes for the last ten hours. I was in labor for I think about 19 hours with him and it was almost like chanting or meditating the whole time just to myself like I said to my husband afterwards, why didn’t you put the music on and why didn’t you do that? He’s like I did. But I went so interior that I wasn’t even aware of what was going on around me.


                                    With my daughter, I thought, oh, the second one is easier, right. that’s what everyone told me and in my case that wasn’t true. So mentally, I thought it was going to be shorter and it actually was 33 hours and that was very hard for me. It just goes to show how mind over matter, like mentally I thought it was going to be shorter and it wasn’t and that’s when I started getting disheartened and also because I was having back labor with her, it was a lot more painful. At one point, I did. I was like I don’t think I can do this, but the midwife was like you are doing it, you’re doing.


Sarah Blight:               Uh-hum.


Cindy Crawford:          So I think just someone there to, you know, support you in the right way and I think sometimes husbands don’t know what to do or what to say but that really got me through it. And also the thought of getting in a car to drive to the hospital at that point was unthinkable.


Sarah Blight:               [Laughs] Right, yeah.


Cindy Crawford:          So really, I just had to – but I ended up on my bed screaming profanities while my baby was born so.


Sarah Blight:               Yeah.


Cindy Crawford:          That’s the way she needed to come.


Sarah Blight:               Well I think a lot of women think that the people who choose to do this in an unmedicated way are just like they’re, you know, I don’t know, skipping through a field of lilies the whole and that you don’t ever feel the pain or whatever. I think the majority of women definitely do. So it’s nice to hear that, you know, it is painful, but you can get over it. So you mentioned visualization. Did you actually use that when you were in labor to help you with the pain?


Cindy Crawford:          I think, you know, now my kids are ten and twelve so I can’t remember exactly. But I do know that I drew on a lot of the things that we were doing in the yoga class.



Sarah Blight:               Yeah.


Cindy Crawford:          And just I remember saying to myself like and I’ve used this even when I’m doing long hikes or pushing myself in other physical ways like it’s like you start out saying like the little train I think I can.


Sarah Blight:               Uh-hum.


Cindy Crawford:          But then you can shorten it to like, you know, I am doing this. And then it even gets shortened to I am and that’s it, you’re in that second, in that moment you are, you know?


Sarah Blight:               Uh-hum.


Cindy Crawford:          Just the next moment will come and you still are, you’re still there and you’re still doing it. But it hurts.


Sarah Blight:               Yeah.


Cindy Crawford:          It hurt to have a baby, but the great thing was an hour later I was up. I had showered myself in my own shower. I could sit up, I could hold my baby. I was alert. My baby was alert. So, you know, there’s – again it’s not for everyone, but there’s advantages both ways.


Sarah Blight:               So if there are mamas who are watching right now who are kind of not decided. Maybe they’re just in the process of educating themselves about their options, which we really –


Cindy Crawford:          Right.


Sarah Blight:               — are excited that they are doing that. What kind of advice do you have about specifically unmedicated birth?


Cindy Crawford:          Well first of all, I would talk to your mother if you can, if you’re lucky enough to have your mother around about what her experience is like and even your experience of being born with her.


Sarah Blight:               Uh-hum.


Cindy Crawford:          And I think that it’s good to really be truthful with yourself about any fears you might have, any leftover stuff, and also with your partner because it’s not just a decision you get to make because your husband or your significant other has to be okay with it as well. I also did not discuss it with a lot of my friends because people want to influence you. Kind of once I had decided what I wanted to do, I just really kept it to myself because I felt like I did tell one of my friends and she was like are you crazy, are you out of your mind. But also I gave myself the freedom to say this is my plan, this is what I would like to happen.


Sarah Blight:               Uh-hum.


Cindy Crawford:          But it might not happen and to be okay with that as well. Like I wouldn’t have felt like it was a disappointment if I would have ended up in the hospital. My plan was to stay at home as long as I could and that ended up being through my whole labor.


Sarah Blight:               Uh-hum. You mentioned being truthful with yourself about kind of stuff that maybe –


Cindy Crawford:          Uh-hum.


Sarah Blight:               — you’re holding on to. Why is that important to kind of come to grips with before your giving birth?


Cindy Crawford:          Well my midwife Shelly Gerard, you know, she was like the truth will come out in labor and so you better –you know, if you don’t deal with it before and discuss it and kind of work through it, you’ll be doing it while you’re in labor and you don’t want to add anything more. So if you do have fears, you need to walk through them. If your mom had a bad experience and you’re kind of carrying that, you need to work through that. You know, the work that we all have to do on ourselves anyway but specifically around birth and your own child, your own birth.


Sarah Blight:               You mentioned earlier that natural childbirth and even childbirth in general can be a really super empowering experience for a woman. How did you see that play out in your own life? Did you see yourself differently after number one and then after your second birth?


Cindy Crawford:          Definitely. I just felt so strong. I mean I’m not the type of woman that would ever want to run a marathon. You know, I give kudos to people who do, that’s just not me. But I feel like in a way I pushed my body to the extreme. I never thought I could feel that kind of pain and live through it. I mean after I delivered my son, I remember my thought was, oh my god, I did it and then it was like and have a baby.


Sarah Blight:               [Laughs]


Cindy Crawford:          But it was so transformative for me to walk through the fire and to come out on the other side and I think that how that affected me was just that it gave me a confidence and an appreciation for how strong I am both mentally and physically.


Sarah Blight:               Uh-hum. That’s really cool. Well thank you so much, Cindy, for sharing your experience with us. I know that women who are watching are going to really take to heart what you’ve said. That preparation really is important for childbirth and preparing your body to be really strong and to encounter what you’re not really sure you’re going to have to go through whether it’s giving birth squatting or standing or wherever you are that preparation is important. So I think that’s a really huge takeaway.


                                    To all the mamas who are watching, if you have any thoughts about natural childbirth that you want to share with us, please let us know in the comment section. Special thanks, Cindy, for your time. Was there something else you wanted to say?


Cindy Crawford:          Oh, no. No. I was going to say I’ll be anxious to read what people say because I don’t want to be – everyone needs to make their own decision about childbirth. But I think the key is in as you said earlier there are choices and I feel like so many people say who delivered your baby and a lot of women say, oh, Dr. so and so. But I can say I did.



Sarah Blight:               Yeah.


Cindy Crawford:          I really feel like I delivered my baby and that’s empowering. I think that the more involved you get asking questions, weighing options, getting information, that sets you up for the type of mother you want to be as well and this is like the first big choice that you make as a mother is how do I want to give birth to my child. The more informed and research you do, that kind of is how you’re going to be a mother as well.

Sarah Blight:               That’s a really great point. What a great note to end on. Thanks again so much, Cindy, for your time. I know you’re a super busy woman. Thanks all you mamas for watching. We’ll see you soon.

Cindy Crawford:          Thanks, Sarah.



  • April W.

    Great interview!!! What really stuck with me is how giving birth naturally can empower you and give you the confidence to know you can do anything – including being a mom!

    I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for choosing the right prenatal yoga program. Also, any thoughts on which of the following natural childbirth coping methods works best – hypnobirthing, the bradley method or birthing from within? Tying to decide which set of classes to sign up for.

    • yourbabybooty

      Thanks April:) i definitely agree with Cindy,your birth experience stays with you forever and carries over into parenthood for sure.

      To help you figure out what classes might be a good fit for you, we have interviews with the president of Lamaze, a Hypnobirthing instructor, and a mama who did the Bradley method. Let us know what you decide!

  • rebekah

    This was so encouraging. I have had 3 unmedicated births, and one medicated. I am now pregnant with my 5th and often feel I should be more passionate or good at giving birth naturally. I loved when she talked about yelling profanities while birthing her 2nd child – that was my experience with #3 and #4! I felt like I wasn’t really a natural childbirth person b/c I wasn’t calm, peaceful, singing…but I still felt so proud that I was completely awake and alert for the last 3 births and really felt like my babies and I went through it together. We embraced the coal of suffering and are better for it now! Thanks Sarah!

    • yourbabybooty

      So glad you are encouraged! It’s so helpful to know that each birthing experience is as unique as the mama and baby in it:) You do whatcha gotta do to move through it right? Can’t wait to hear about #5!

  • plumtreebaby

    We love Cindy’s perspective and appreciate the incite she shares with women! Great job!

    • yourbabybooty

      Thanks for your feedback:) It’s wonderful to have such prominent women share their positive experiences with birth. We need more of it!!

  • Doula Trainings International

    Cindy thank you so much for posting about your homebirths! I love that you shared how empowered and strong you felt after walking through laborland. I was left wondering if you used the support of a doula? Thanks for sharing your story with us.

    • yourbabybooty

      Ohh great question and one that I didn’t ask! I will try and find out for you:) Thanks for watching!

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  • Katie S.

    Loved this interview! I’m feeling excited again after watching this. I’m right at that place like you guys talked about “feeling like an alien inside your own body”…good to know there are others who feel the same and I’m not the only one! What stuck with me most was when Cindy shared about working out. I’ve always worked out some, but haven’t been much at all during pregnancy. I feel like I’ve only heard about “working out” during pregnancy as a way to keep off the pounds. It really hit me how I’ve been telling myself that it doesn’t matter about working out because I’m getting bigger & feeling “off” anyways. Loved her point about working out helped her feel strong as she became more pregnant & would help her be stronger as a new mother. Love That! I never thought about it that way, I’m gonna get my rear in gear! Thanks for sharing Cindy!

    • yourbabybooty

      Mmm. Great takeaway. One that resonates with me too. It’s easy to fall into the trap of eating total junk because “I deserve it”. Of course you need to splurge once in a while- but keeping your body (and mind) in tip top shape serves us and our babies well!

  • abby

    Just what I needed to hear at the right time. I’m looking into an unmedicated birth after getting 2 epidurals. I want to feel more this time, I want to feel like I’m there from beginning to end. Since my second, it’s been on my mind. I totally admit I got epidurals during the first 2 because of fear. I never believed I could do it. My nurse said I was nuts if I didn’t get one, so I went along. I’ve felt guilty for that. I don’t judge other women for want they want, but deep down I knew I wanted something different and never believed in myself. That’s why I feel so encouraged & inspired from watching this! Thanks for sharing Cindy & Sarah!

    • yourbabybooty

      You go mama! You know yourself and each of us have different things that are important to us. I am sure you will get it next time!! Keep us posted!

  • Erin M

    Cindy is a strong woman with lots of wisdom. You can just tell. Thankful she shared a little bit of what she’s learned with us!

    • yourbabybooty

      She’s definitely a rock star who is as nice as anyone I’ve ever talked to:) So thankful for her wisdom she shared.

  • kira fox

    I don’t think that an epidural during labor is a must. There are many other natural ways to reduce pain during labor.

    • yourbabybooty

      Absolutely. What do you suggest kira? What worked for you?