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Lisa Adams ...the last word; Girls'night in.

Byline: Lisa Adams

I'M shocked that Victoria Beckham has booked a C-section for the arrival of her longawaited first baby girl.

She's married to one of the sexiest men on the planet with millions in the bank so it's a big surprise that pampered Posh was unable to have it upgraded to an A-section. Of course she's too posh to push but what were her army of PAs, press people and stylists thinking when they fixed up the sort of common surgery that even ordinary women can have?

The birth seems stage managed to perfection in the lap of luxury. I'm sure a band playing the Stars and Stripes national anthem are on stand by to strike up outside the exclusive hospital in Los Angeles where self-styled showbiz royalty Victoria, 37, has chosen to have her baby on July 4 - her fourth child and fourth C-section perfectly timed for US Independence Day.

The birthday also just ever so conveniently happens to be the 12th anniversary of the Beckham's wedding day. Their first born, Brooklyn, was named after the area in New York where he was conceived.

This time it's being reported that the couple have already shortlisted Atlanta as a name for their baby, in tribute to the thousands of airmiles they have accumulated flying between Britain and the States, or Santa, as in Santa Monica, not Santa Claus.

They're lucky the baby was not due in November on the Americans' other big celebration, Thanksgiving, as then they might feel obliged to name the baby Turkey. Either way I'm not sure the other kids in the playground will ever understand their bizarre name games.

But I worry celebrities like the Beckhams give the impression having a baby is just like a trip to the spa, to be neatly squeezed in between a manicure and a blow dry.

Open the pages of Heat magazine just weeks after the big day and it's likely there will be photos of Victoria looking immaculate, having snapped back to a flawless size zero, without a trace of baby sick down her and coolly chatting about her latest fashion designs.

Latest statistics show almost a quarter of mums in the UK today have a C-section, some are life-saving, triggered by an emergency during labour, while others are the mother's choice. But a C-section offers no quick, pain-free get out clause either. There are risks to any surgery and there is a longer recovery period.

The alternative, natural childbirth, takes hard work as well as patience and surviving those first months of sleep deprivation with a new baby takes superhuman reserves of stamina.

Either way it's a perfect result if mum and baby are both healthy. And as you cuddle your newborn for the first time you can guarantee you wouldn't swap that precious moment for all the celebrity status, poshest of lifestyles and silly baby names in the world.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 23, 2011
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