Angelina Jolie Talks Motherhood and Giving Birth in Africa
The actress is using her personal experience to raise awareness for refugees who are fleeing violent conflicts around the world.
Angelina Jolie visited BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour today (June 17, 2016) to talk about raising six kids and her humanitarian work. Although she and her husband Brad Pitt are both Americans, it’s clear that this family embraces an all-encompassing worldview.
“All the kids are learning different languages,” she said, via People. “I asked them what languages they wanted to learn and Shi [Shiloh] is learning Khmai, which is a Cambodian language, Pax is focusing on Vietnamese, Mad [Maddox] has taken to German and Russian, Z [Zahara] is speaking French, Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic, and Knox is learning sign language.”
Jolie also says none of her kids aspire to follow their parents into the Hollywood limelight, but some are artistically inclined.
None of my kids want to be actors,” revealed the actress. “They are actually very interested in being musicians. I think they like the process of film from the outside. Mad is interested in editing. Pax loves music and deejaying.”
The Maleficent star also took the time to discuss giving birth to her daughter Shiloh while in Africa, an experience that truly informed her work as a Special Envoy for the United Nations.
“I went to a hospital in Namibia, where I was having my daughter, and I was in breech. I needed a C-section, and I knew I was in breech because I had had the money to have an ultrasound,” Jolie said. “But I found even the local hospital with many, many women – and this was a good hospital – did not have an ultrasound machine.”
Although it was eye opening, she’s confident that these problems can and will be fixed.
“So the amount of women that didn’t know they were in breech, the amount of babies and complications when they got into labor, with one simple machine,” she said. “But I know there are many extraordinary people who are working on this and women’s health around the world, and many groups dedicated solely to that, and their work is so needed and these solutions can come.”