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6 Celebrities Who Ditched The Epidural And Chose Natural Childbirth

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Last night, I visited my friend who had just given birth to an adorable little baby boy. When I asked about her labor, it was a touchy subject. Even though she had done a lot of research and created a birth plan for a natural birth, she felt that she was manipulated into having a C-section when the doctor told her after 30 hours of labor, “The baby’s heart rate is dropping.” As it turns out, the baby was not in distress at all—the doctors and nurses just wanted to get out of there because it was New Year’s Eve. Needless to say, she was traumatized. I happen to know a little bit about this subject, not because I’m planning to pop one out anytime soon, but because I saw Ricki Lake’s documentary, “The Business of Being Born,” which lays out the pros of home birth and the cons of hospital delivery. She believes in the benefits of homebirth so strongly that she even included footage of her delivering her son Owen at home in her tub. Even though the American Medical Association has criticized the film, Ricki may have started a revolution in Hollywood. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen recently talked about her natural birth. “I gave birth in the bathtub,” she said of baby Benjamin, born on December 8. [Celebrity Babies, NY Daily News]

After the jump, some more celebs who have jumped on the natural birth bandwagon.

The Ouija Board Gets A Makeover

Hide your daughters from eager spirits, because Hasbro has just released a Ouija Board especially for girls ages eight through 12. What is the difference between the girly Ouija Board and the standard, unisex one? (Because boys are so totally into Ouija.) Well it’s pink for starters and … it comes with 72 questions especially for girls, because little girls need help coming up with questions! The product description boasts:

It has always been mysterious. It has always been mystifying. And now the OUIJA Board is just for you, girl. With 72 fun questions included, you’ll never run out of things to ask. Who will call/text me next? Will I be a famous actor someday? Who wishes they could trade places with me?

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Guys: If A Hot Stranger Messages You On Facebook, It Might Be Your Girlfriend

OK, guys, here’s your teachable Facebook moment for the day: how not to handle friend requests from unknown women. After the jump, read this unfortunately hilarious Facebook thread. And then get ready to answer a few questions because it’s pop quiz time! We want to see how much you learned. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

An Ode To Zelda Rubinstein

Actress Zelda Rubinstein passed away yesterday at the age of 76 of natural causes. Zelda may be most well-known as Tangina in “Poltergeist,” but as far as I’m concerned, her finest work was in a little-known film called “Teen Witch” that I was obsessed with back in the day. If you had cable in the late ’80s, there’s no way you missed Zelda as the witch, Madame Serena, in this classic musical. I have one word for you: Netflix. Get back to me after you’ve seen it and we can have a “Top That!” sing-a-long. Zelda may have been small, but she had some huge acting chops. After the jump, some more of Zelda’s performances you might have missed. [PopEater] Keep reading »

An Open Letter To Taylor Swift

Dear Taylor,

I am writing to offer you some unsolicited advice. I heard that rumor about you and ass hat, John Mayer. Whether you are actually dating him or not (I really hope it’s just a rumor), I would like to point out that it’s a really bad idea to get involved/remain involved with him. Why? You are fresh meat; he is tainted meat. By scientific principle, tainted meat destroys fresh meat if they come within close proximity. See: E. coli. Taylor, I know from experience that bad boys will poison your life. Before you defend your feelings for Mr. Mayer, please hear me out. [Celebitchy]

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Frisky Reader Revealed: We Need A Dose Of Resullins

Hands down, the best thing about working at The Frisky is our amazing readers. We so heart all of your witty, thoughtful, and informative comments—heck, we even appreciate the mean ones. Sometimes, we can’t help but wonder about the faces behind avatars. We decided to launch a weekly column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet Resullins, one of our most prolific commenters. Keep reading »

Hilarious New Blog: Awkward Stock Photos

Random people + strange settings + no photo credits = stock photos. In case you need a good laugh today, you might want to consider the inane nature of stock photos in a fun new blog, Awkward Stock Photos. Sure, we often scroll through said stock photos, paying them no mind as we surf our favorite websites, but if you slow down and actually look … WTF? Why is a woman in a nurse’s uniform listening to a tree with a stethoscope? And who agreed to let their kid pose with a giant batch of french fries in his mouth while holding a gun to his head? And is this woman really depressed because cheeseburgers have ruined her life? After the jump, some more of the most awkward stock photos ever. Keep reading »

Look! The World’s Second Pregnant Man!

We were totally enthralled by the story of Thomas Beatie, the world’s first man to give birth. Our jaws dropped as we watched him on “Oprah” explaining the mechanics of his partial sex change and his pregnancy. And not only did he give birth to a healthy baby girl, but Thomas and his partner also went on to have a little boy. Well, it looks like Thomas is about to have some company. After the jump, everything you need to know about Scott Moore, the world’s second pregnant man. Keep reading »

Eli The Chimp Embroiled In Vicious Custody Battle

Meet Eli, a 13-pound, 11-month-old chimpanzee and another sad example of how divorce tears families apart. Eli became the first chimp to appear in a court of law this past week. His parents, Michael Casey and Virginia Valbuena of Sarasota, Florida, are involved in a vicious custody battle over him. Keep reading »

Air New Zealand Introduces “Cuddle Class”

How bitter are we unwashed masses when we board a long flight and see those smug bastards in first and business class reclining on a bed with a down comforter, while we slog on back to our cramped economy seats? When we do take our seat next to the snogging couple or the mom with a crying baby, our only relief is to hit the recline button and push back about four to five inches. That is not reclining, darn it! Keep reading »

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