It was a tweet full of pride. UK footballer Harry Kane wanted to share with the world the news that his wife had delivered their second daughter.
“So proud of @KateGoodlandx for having the most amazing water birth with no pain relief at all,” he posted last week.
Our beautiful addition to the family! Vivienne Jane Kane. ???? So proud of @KateGoodlandx for having the most amazing water birth with no pain relief at all ???????????? #mygirls #hypnobirthing pic.twitter.com/a6BM4CkFM1
— Harry Kane (@HKane) August 8, 2018
Kane’s tweet was met with a backlash.
“I’m delighted for @HKane & his family but why on earth should anyone be ‘proud’ of not having pain relief while giving birth?” broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer tweeted in response. “Utterly absurd! There’s a reason why women get pain relief during labour: because it bloody hurts.”
“Find it depressing that @HKane highlights lack of pain relief for his wife,” added another Twitter user. “All sorts of messaging in that. One to acknowledge personally not publicly surely? Safe/healthy Mum and baby surely more important.”