Like celebrity moms, famous dads are having none of the parent-shaming mega shade being thrown their way on social media these days. Take Dwyane Wade, 36, who recently welcomed a brand new baby daughter with wife Gabrielle Union, 46.
Their baby girl, Kaavia James Union Wade, was born on November 7 via surrogate, after the couple struggled with infertility and were unable to give birth traditionally. Union herself has frequently and openly shared her personal infertility journey, the latest via a collection of essays called We're Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated and True and most recently during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
During the interview, Wade admitted that the hurtful remarks the family received online after sharing photos of the couple holding their new baby got to him, and prompted him to go on the defensive.
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🎵 When I wake up in the mornin' love And the sunlight hurts my eyes And there's something without warning, love Bears heavy on my mind Then I look at you And the world's alright with me Just one look at you And I know its gonna be A lovely day A lovely day 🎶 A LOVELY DAY 👶🏾👶🏾👶🏾 We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days. Welcome to the party sweet girl! #onelastdance #skintoskin @dwyanewade ❤👑🥂 📸 by @awesomeedd
"For me, the most hurtful thing was once we had our baby and everyone started talking about, ‘Why is she in the bed holding the baby? Why she got a gown on? Why she acting like she just had a baby?'" he said. He added that he believed many people were unaware of the positive effects skin-to-skin contact - sometimes called kangaroo care - can have on a newborn.
According to Dr. Christine Greves from the Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology at Orlando Health, babies who are held skin-to-skin after birth are more relaxed, don't cry as often, have lower heart and breathing rates and typically have more stable sugar and temperature levels.
Clearly, Union and Wade aren't the only celeb parents who see the value of bonding with their babies skin-to-skin. When Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's wife gave birth to their daughter Tia in April of this year, he shared an adorable photo on Instagram of him cuddling Tia on his bare chest. When a fan chided him about only posting the photo to show off his bod, he shot back in a way only a dad can.
"Good one! Buuuuut one day when you have babies you’ll understand the power of skin to skin," he replied.
Tragically, Union suffered a staggering nine miscarriages before ultimately turning to surrogacy. Little Kaavia is the first child for Union and joins older siblings Zaire, 16, Zion, 11, and Xavier, 4, from Wade's previous relationships. Wade is also raising his nephew Dahveon, 17.