I’m sure by now you’ll have heard about the controversy surrounding Kat Von D and stopped in past her Instagram to read the source of the drama. If you haven’t I’ll just leave it here. Take a moment and give it a read.
thekatvondI 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
Did you get all that?
I never really had an opinion either way about Kat Von D. She was just the female tattooist from Mami Ink who had a makeup line that I liked the aesthetic of. That was until I read this. There are obvious reasons I was annoyed by this post (which I’ll get to), but the overall victim, woe is me tone really rubbed me the wrong way.
Being Openly Vegan
Yes, people who are openly vegan are criticised for their decision. But have you see what also happens to openly non-vegan people on the internet. We’re disgusting, we’re killing the planet and we should die. Fair enough, it’s only the crazy Vegans that push this dialogue but I’ve experienced this more frequently that I have been inclined to critique the vegan lifestyle.
Vegans, while having strong concerns about cruelty to animals, think they are the cure to the food crisis and the earth’s ecological problems and we meat eaters are the cause. When actually the earth just can’t sustain current consumption level regardless of dietary preference. But that’s a topic for another day.
Drug-Free Home Birth
What, do you think you’re better than all those mums to be who feel more comfortable in the safety of a hospital? Do you think those who choose to use pain relief are weak? Because that’s how it read to me.
I had an unplanned home birth. No Pain relief and no midwife. Just me and my partner in our bathroom being talked through it by the emergency services operator. That’s probably as raw as giving birth gets, so don’t be thinking you’re special.
That’s us in our hall about 10 minutes after Rowan was born. The other Paramedic took the picture.
Intending To Raise The Child Vegan
Firstly, while it is possible to raise a child on a balanced Vegan diet, I don’t think it’s right to force such a diet on a child. Just my personal opinion. But in terms of raising a baby Vegan? That’s a whole issue on its own.
Most readily available baby formulas are Vegetarian, but as the usually include milk proteins they aren’t Vegan. There are Vegan/Plant-based baby formulas on the market but they aren’t the wonderful alternative you’d think. They are often low production and low distribution. Many parents report excessive constipation and colic. My own brother was given a Soy-based alternative and he had horrible colic and reflux, but it was the only lactose-free formula my Mum had available to her. These issues can lead to a baby not feeding properly, becoming dehydrated and malnourished. My brother ended up being weaned at 4 months because he wasn’t thriving. Unless your baby is lactose intolerant don’t use these formulas, and even then use them with the guidance and monitoring of health professionals.
If she chooses to Breast Feed that is probably the healthiest way to raise her baby Vegan. But that depends on whether Kat is one of those crazy Vegans that categorise Breast Milk as an animal product. Yes, there are Vegans out there that believe that because we are animals the milk we produce is an animal product and therefore not Vegan. Like I said, crazy.
Anti-Vaxxers give me rage. Especially when they claim it causes Autism. That theory has been thoroughly disproven and the doctor that proposed it has had their license taken away. I also wish people would stop talking about Autism like it’s something you can catch. It’s something you’re born with. And today’s world is more understanding and set up with support networks for families who have Autistic children.
The decision not to vaccinate your child doesn’t just affect them, but everyone around them. Those who can be vaccinated do so for the protection of those who can’t be. Those with compromised or suppressed immune systems or those that can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons. By not vaccinating you also put these people at risk of life-changing and potentially deadly diseases.
-Side-Note- Yes, there are documented cases of people having life-altering reactions to vaccines, but these very, very rare. But the most common one I read about is brain damage from the Meningitis vaccine. This is a live vaccine and is administered with paracetamol to keep the baby’s temperature down. The parent then monitors the temperature at home and gives the baby paracetamol twice more. In rare cases, a fever can spike and it’s actually the fever that has the potential to cause brain damage in which case you should follow the guidelines and seek medical attention as soon as possible. But this can happen any time you get sick, any fever has the potential to cause brain damage (most notably Glandular Fever) not just those resulting from vaccines.
I know everyone and their Mothers have already weighed in and this has become such a divisive topic, but I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut on this one. As I said, before this I didn’t have an opinion on Kat Von D one way or the other but after this, I think she’s an outright fool. She has such an extensive following, and for someone like her to be promoting these ideas is dangerous.
I, like many others, will no longer be purchasing her products. I’m even considering not keep those that I own. From a business perspective, this was a really unwise publicity move and it will damage her brand’s image. When the dust settles it’ll be interesting to see if she stands by her beliefs or is more concerned about her career.
What are you thoughts?