Alanis Morissette gave birth to son Ever at home on Christmas Day in 2011 with only the assistance of a doula and her husband. Morissette recently gave an interview in which she called the experience "transcendental" and admitted it was the hardest thing she'd ever done.
"The experience was beyond pain," she said on the Today show. "It was a transcendental experience. I just went to this whole other world. I basically had to be the little soldier that I am and really focus on this new beautiful creature coming out of me."
Ever is now 21 months old and Morissette has adopted the practice of attachment parenting, which is thought to promote a stronger bond between parents and their children. She has been an outspoken advocate for the practice and wrote for the Huffington Post that she believes it "can circumvent countless addictions later in life because many of these addictions are often a temporary attempt at feeling this sense of connection."
"If a child's needs during this stage of development are not met," Morissette wrote, "he or she will be staving off a haunting sense of … loneliness for a lifetime. The goal of attachment parenting is to provide your child with a deep sense of connectedness and bonding, while the goal of the exploration stage is to provide space for their utter freedom to express their authentic selves while being protected and kept safe."
Actress Mayim Bialik is also known for practicing attachment parenting. She has two children, Miles, 7, and Fred, 4. When she came out with the news of her parenting style, Bialik said she was heavily criticized and questioned, which is why she has chosen to keep some information to herself.
"If I'm talking to girlfriends, if I'm talking to random people, and we're talking about parenting, I tell them what works for me and why," the former 'Blossom' star told Yahoo. "But a lot of people want to ask me things so that they can fight with me. And just because I'm a public person, who happened to have breastfed and slept with her kids, that doesn't mean that I want to fight with you on the street or in the supermarket."