The pregnant tattoo artist, 36, opened up to her fans via Instagram, explaining how she and her husband plan to parent their child.
I knew the minute we announced our pregnancy that we would be bombarded with unsolicited advice. Some good and some questionable - unsolicited none the less. I also was prepared for the backlash and criticism we would get if we decided to be open about our personal approach to our pregnancy. My own Father flipped out on me when I told him we decided to ditch our doctor and go with a midwife instead. If you don’t know what it’s like have people around you think you are ridiculous, try being openly vegan. And, if you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you - try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations. My point being: I already know what it’s like to make life choices that are not the same as the majority. So your negative comments are not going influence my choices - actual research and educating myself will - which i am diligently doing. This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey. Feel free to follow me on here if you like what I’m about - whether it’s tattooing, lipstick, Animal Rights, sobriety, feminism, ridiculous gothiness, black flower gardening, cats, or my adorable husband. But if you don’t dig a certain something about what I post, i kindly ask that you press the unfollow button and move the fuck on. So before anyone of you feel inspired to tell me how to do this, I would appreciate you keeping your unsolicited criticism to yourself. More importantly, for those who have amazing positive energy to send my way, I will gladly and graciously receive it with love! X
The makeup and style guru even touched on how she wants to bring her child into the world. Von D told followers that she plans on ditching her doctor, opting instead to labor at home with a midwife. She also plans on welcoming her child into the world utilizing a water birth. According to the International Continence Society, water births can help with pain relief for the mother, decrease vaginal tearing, and be far less traumatic.
PREVIOUSLY: KAT VON D IS EXPECTING
Von D and her husband, musician Rafael Reyes, have other plans as well. They plan on raising their little one as a vegan, a practice that the couple themselves already employ. Kat admitted that it will likely be tough, and that they will face a lot of criticism over their choices, but that is not playing into their parenting decisions.
Taking our vows in front of our closest friends + family was one of the most spiritually bonding experiences I have ever had. I don’t think @prayers and I were prepared to cry as much as we did - in the most beautiful way possible. The silent moments prior to beginning our vows where we held hands and stared into each others eyes the entire world dissipated around us - that was just as meaningful to us the vows we made. ❤️ DRESS + SUIT DETAILS: both our wedding attire was designed and handmade by: @MAJESTYBLACK [with the exception of my veil made by @asanchezfashion and my shoes by @natachamarro ]
The last bit of info that Von D dropped in her post was that she does not plan on vaccinating her child. This will likely open a can of worms for the artist, as American parents are widely divided when it comes to vaccinations. Both sides of the argument are intensely devoted to their stance, and debates become heated very fast, especially in online forums.
The CDC estimates that over 72% percent of children in the United States are vaccinated for 7 combined vaccines, over all. These include DTap, Polio, MMR, Hib, Hep B, Chicken Pox, and PCV. Those who do not vaccinate face harsh criticism that they are putting not only their own children at risk, but other kids around them as well.
Opponents of vaccinating children cite the argument that vaccines can have serious (and sometimes fatal) side effects such as allergic reactions. They also argue that vaccines can contain harmful ingredients such as mercury, and that they may be linked to certain developmental disorders.
The decision on whether or not to vaccinate, what diet to feed your child, and where and how you give birth, are all deeply personal to parents across the globe. The most important thing is to do the research-- be informed about the decisions you are making for your family.