Jordin Sparks on her natural birth: ‘I was going to different universes with contractions’


Singer Jordin Sparks and husband Dana Isaiah welcomed their first child, a son named Dana Isiah, Jr whom they call DJ, in May. As Corey mentioned, Jordin, who opted for a natural birth at the Natural Birth Centers and Women’s Wellness, was up and out on the red carpet merely days after giving birth. So it appeared as though Jordin just breezed through DJ’s birth. Well, not totally. Jordin recently admitted that the pain of her contractions gave her an out of body experience.

The singer — who calls her baby boy DJ — chose to have an “all-natural” delivery at a birthing center. “Hospitals just felt a little weird and strange [to me],” says Sparks. “I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be comfortable on my back and I didn’t want to have to give birth that way.”

The entertainer “handled [the birth] like a champ,” her husband Dana Isaiah, 26, adds about his wife.

During the emotional delivery, “he was right by me the whole time,” says Sparks. “When I was going to different places and different universes with the contractions, he was right there in my ear or rubbing my back.”

Then when it came time for the baby to arrive, the new dad was the one who caught his son.

“I finished out the contractions on the bed and then we went to the tub. When it was time to push, Dana received him,” says Sparks.

Adds Isaiah, a model: “People have told me ‘Once you see your wife like that you can never change the image in your head,’ but I was so excited about him actually coming that I was just like ‘All right, come on! Come on!’”

[From People]

If anything defines how unfair the birth process is, it’s the sentence, “When I was going to different places and different universes with the contractions, he was right there in my ear or rubbing my back.” I know a man can’t share the pain of childbirth, but couldn’t we stab their thigh with a fork just to even it up a bit? I actually can’t talk that much, I gave birth at Cedars Sinai and they pop an epidural in as soon as you grimace, so I only remember a few contractions. During the first big one, I squeezed The Mister’s hand. When it was over, he subtly tried to remove the ring I’d embedded in his finger. Obviously, I did not choose the natural birth route, which worked out for me because I required an unscheduled C-section but honestly, the way Jordin and Dana described it, it sounds like a truly beautiful experience for them.

Jordin also admitted she’s still awed by her new role, “I’m a mom. That’s so nuts. I have moments where it just hits me.” Hand to Heaven, I don’t know if that feeling ever goes away. I know Jordin and Dana met, married and had a baby in rapid succession but they sound really invested in each other and their son. I’m a cynic so normally I’d side-eye this kind of effusiveness but I have enough to be cynical about right now. I’m going to root for this new little family. And I really hope they keep posting shots of DJ – he’s a doll!

I got you. 👶🏽🖤👑

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  1. Peggy says:

    She wrote a supportive message on Kat Von D’s crazy anti-vaxxer Instagram rant, so I think I’ll just root for them hopefully not giving anyone measles.

  2. Esmom says:

    Precious little baby, lovely family.

  3. Reginaphalange says:

    Cute…. How original.

  4. Aims says:

    Like parenthood, there’s a lot of views on the subject. I delivered three children in the hospital with an epidural all three times. I don’t feel bad about it either. I know what I could handle and I knew I couldn’t do the deliveries without it. But I have nothing but respect for the women who do it without medication. Also, I’m glad I was surrounded by people with my daughter because towards the end it got pretty scary and medical intervention needed to be done.

  5. Astrid says:

    I’ve birthed 4 children. And I have to say the c-section for the first was the “best” birth. I had 2 with pain meds and 2 “natural” and there was nothing natural about their births. I love them all but I have to admit that some of their births were easier than others. I’m on board with a woman getting drugs, natural childbirth is no picnic

  6. Jenn says:

    Water births seem amazing. Nice she got to go with her instincts! I know I didn’t like giving birth on a bed and stuck there. In fact I kept dreaming I could get in the hospital tub just a few feet away! Anyway happy for her and her adorable family.

  7. elimaeby says:

    Her baby is beyond gorgeous. I’ve always had a soft spot for her. Hope she’s not on the anti-vax train, but so happy for her new addition.

  8. Amaria says:

    Working in healthcare, I’ve seen so many long-term complications of “perfect” natural births I can’t read such things without anger. I get she found it beautiful, but many, many, MANY women don’t, and I find the whole thing sugarcoated to nth degree. Everybody sings praises of “all natural” births and it’s only in private, in doctor’s office when the dark side comes out – cerebral palsy, nerve damage and death among children, permanent urinary and bowel incontinence, chronic pain, organ prolapse, loss of feeling in genital area, fistulas – among mothers… There are young women out there, who, due to social pressure and natural birth propaganda, insisted on it and ended up mourning their children or being disabled themselves. It’s obvious that a cesarean is a surgery – but even if we forget about the lives lost (and we never should), a natural birth that leads to other, more invasive procedures is way worse. I believe in an informed choice – and celebs shilling the happy-go-lucky, mystic “all natural” stuff is harmful.
    /rant over

    • Egla says:

      Thank you. I had a friend in Italy who was forced on a 16 hours labor by a doctor who called her “spoiled”. In the end the doctor wasn’t even there when time came. It was in fact a nurse who found my friend blue and barely breathing from the contractions. The baby was delivered by another doctor by cesarean because the baby was breach and it had been the whole time. The first doctor lied to her and told her the baby had turned and that she had to have it naturally for the baby seek and hers and that natural way was the only acceptable way to have a baby for him . The baby was in the hospital for a week due to the distress and my friend was under tranquillizers also because she couldn’t stop crying. Her husband was raging and the first doctor took a week of absence or else… In the end all turned fine thank God but she said she wasn’t going to ever have another baby and her husband agreed. Their child is 6 now. And I am talking about a woman who wanted 3 children as long as I can remember.

    • teehee says:

      But its natural. Thats the whle entire point– it is also imperfect, thats how it always has been for centuries before. What makes a “modern” hospital better? Its a woman’s choice how to deliver a baby.
      The problem with medicine is this thinking, that they own other peoples bodies and can make all the decisions and tell people what they ought to do, when medicine is in an ignorant infancy of modern technologies (that are far from reality of how the body works).

      No The HELL you *don’t*!

      • Gigi LaMoore says:

        Exactly. I had a doctor tell me for 6 months that things going on with my body were normal. It was only after I pushed the issue and was referred to a specialist did I find out that I actually needed surgery. Doctors are not the be all end all and I know for sure hospitals aren’t as my nephew was overdosed and killed in the ER. Jordin Sparks choice is HER choice. It has nothing at all to do with anyone else.

  9. Aries Dracul says:

    I think it’s important to support any mother in her decision of how to deliver her child(ren). I delivered my two children drug-free, in a hospital. My first was OK, but I still required an episiotomy and I tore. With my second, I WISH I had had an epidural! There was no time – I went from the first contraction to her being born in less than 90 minutes. She’s over three years old now, and I’m STILL dealing with the physical trauma (4th deg