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While Stacy Keibler has seen her fair share of battles—she was a professional WWE wrestler, after all—it was childbirth that made her feel like a "warrior."
Specifically, the no-drugs kind of childbirth.
The 35-year-old model and mom of Ava Grace gave birth last August with the help of a midwife and doula, and chose to opt out of the whole epidural business.
"I felt like we went to war together," Keibler tells Ricki Lake in a video for "The Business of Being Born," a film project that documents the maternity care system in the U.S. "I kept saying, 'Ava's a warrior. I'm a warrior.' It was one of my mantras that I would say. Then when she came out, I feel like we had this bond that we had just fought together."
Keibler even credits the film, produced by Lake and Abby Epstein, with helping her and husband Jared Pobre to opt for the natural route, eschewing a hospital birth altogether.
"[My husband and I] really wanted to research midwives and wanted to learn as much as we could about doing things more naturally," she says, according to People.
While not everything went exactly as planned during the birth, Keibler admitted that the unexpected really prepared her for motherhood.
"You're going to go through a lot of things you don't expect," she says. "I had my weakest and strongest moments. I'll have those again being a mother."