Camila Alves On Parenthood & Her Difficult Labor


Camila Alves doesn’t think of Matthew McConaughey as the Sexiest Man Alive. She thinks of him as a devoted and involved dad to their 2-month-old son Levi.

“I don’t look at him like that,” she told BabyCenter. “He’s a man – he’s my man – and we’re a family. He’s the best dad he can be, 100-percent hands-on.” 

Camila, 25, also opened up about her grueling 60-hour labor. 

“It wasn’t such a pleasant experience,” she shared. “We went through 14 hours with contractions every two minutes, no epidural, no nothing. Every two minutes I would pass out. I went to the hospital on Saturday, and Levi was born on Monday.” 

Despite her desire to give birth naturally, Camila underwent a C-section. “We tried every single way of giving birth. It didn’t work. I wasn’t too crazy about having to do a C-section and take all the drugs. Finally, I just had to be like, ‘Let it go.’ ” And finally, Levi was born at 6:22 p.m. July 7, at 7 lbs., 4 oz. 

Since then, Levi has kept a full social calendar, tagging along with his parents to a John Mellencamp concert, the launch of his mom’s luxury handbag line and Matthew’s participation in a 10K in Austin. 

All the excitement is no problem for Levi, Camila said. “If our lifestyle was doing anything to harm him, we’d have to adapt, but he loves it. He loves the action. He loves to be right in the middle of it. He actually doesn’t like it when it’s too quiet.” 

Camila also shared that she and Matthew plan to raise Levi bilingually. “Most of my family doesn’t speak English. It’s so important for the baby. He’s going to know all his American roots, but he also needs to know about his Brazilian side.” 



  1. Analise says

    They look so very happy. That is one loved child. Though I still wouldn’t take my infant to a rock concert ( I wouldn’t take my 19 mo old, either) and certainly not to Mellencamp. Ick. 🙂

  2. Honey says

    It’s nice to see she’s addressed the concern a lot of people have had for Levi – that they’re just integrating him into their busy lifestyle and are not concerned for any kind of routine. She sounds like a smart person, and really happy with Matthew.

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