Harry Kane hits back after criticism over hypnobirthing tweet
England captain Harry Kane has hit back at detractors after he came under fire for publicly praising his fiancée for having no pain relief during the birth of their second daughter.
The football star sent a tweet welcoming the "beautiful addition to the family", Vivienne Jane Kane on Wednesday.
"So proud of ?@KateGoodlandx? for having the most amazing water birth with no pain relief at all #my girls #hypnobirthing," he added.
But it led many to criticise the Tottenham striker, with broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer describing his comments as "absurd".
The backlash prompted Kane to send a follow up tweet on Thursday.
"Let's get one thing straight, any women can give birth however they would like," he said.
"I'm very proud of my fiancee for doing it the way she wanted and we both learnt a lot from hypnobirthing."
Hartley-Brewer had said: "I'm delighted for @HKane & his family but why on earth should anyone be 'proud' of not having pain relief while giving birth?
"Utterly absurd! There's a reason why women get pain relief during labour: because it bloody hurts."
Others also weighed in, with Sarah David tweeting: "Find it depressing that ?@HKane? highlights lack of pain relief for his wife.
"All sorts of messaging in that. One to acknowledge personally not publicly surely? Safe/healthy Mum and baby surely more important."
But many also stuck up for Kane's comments, with Kendall Dootson saying: "Well done, I needed pain relief but I am not threatened by someone who didn't.
"I am happy for you, no insult was intended or taken. Why can't people see a good news story and be happy for it?"
The Royal College of Midwives said it was important to remember that every woman and every birth is different.
Head of quality standards, Mandy Forrester, said: "What is important is that the woman makes her choice about what is right for her and her birth armed with the information she needs to make that choice.
"Midwives, doctors and the maternity team will be there to advise and support her in making that choice."
Vivienne is the second daughter for Kane and his fiancée Kate Goodland.
Their first, Ivy, was born in 2017.