Kat Von D and new husband Leafar Seyer announced on social media that they will be ditching the doctor in favor of a natural midwife led birth for their vegan baby.

Vegan celebrity Kat Von D, who married lead singer of Prayers, Leafar Seyer last weekend, has announced on social media that they will be ditching the doctor and having a natural midwife led birth, against the unsolicited advice the couple has received about the pregnancy. Von D made the announcement on her Instagram yesterday, unapologetically saying she will have her baby at home, without the help of a doctor but there will be a midwife and doula present.

Von D is no stranger to the attention, with her vegan cosmetics line, her multiple tattoos known to turn heads, and her gothic style which extended into her lavish heaven and hell themed wedding, which saw her walk down the aisle in a fire truck red gown, complete with ornate horns in her hair. However, despite the attention she receives on a daily basis, her comfort expressing herself in the public eye does not shield her from the waves of criticism and mean comments that have been rolling in across all of her social media accounts.


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Von D captioned her heartfelt post, “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.”

I 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

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She noted that she was aware the couple would be receiving backlash for their decision to raise their child vegan and even shared that her own father had ‘flipped out’ when he was told.


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She also further address the unavoidable commentary in her caption for her Instagram post stating “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.”

“This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey”

The toxicity that has arisen from one mother’s choice on how she wants her birth to go, ditching the doctor and having a natural midwife led birth, is terrible, but something that occurs all too often on social media. No one, especially celebrities and those in the public eye, can share anything online without instantly being met with waves of criticism and strangers telling them their choices are wrong. What works for one person may not work for another, but we are all on our own individual journies.

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Aoife Sheridan. Senior editor and executive coordinator for Raise Vegan. Catch up with her on Instagram.