There was a time when ladies lunched, but lat week it was a mums and babies tea party – complete with sandwiches, cakes and a children’s entertainer – that proved the hottest ticket in town as Elle Macpherson invited her famous friends to help celebrate the launch of pregnancy book The Gentle Birth Method.
Developed by obstetrician Dr Gowri Motha, the combination of diet, healing techniques, massage and visualisation has helped celebrity mums such as Kate Moss, Sharleen Spiteri, Lady Helen Taylor, Gwyneth Paltrow and, of course, Elle herself, sail through both pregnancy and childbirth.
Many of the doctor’s devotees attended the party at chic London eaterie Cecconi’s. Kate Moss was there with her 20-month-old daughter Lila Grace, while Donna Air proudly showed off eight-month-old Freya. Gwyneth Paltrow also turned up to show her support, looking relaxed in a peach top and jeans. However she had left her most precious accessory – new baby Apple – at home.
Hostess Elle, who attended with her youngest son Cy, has made no secret of her wish to have another baby and is keen to spread the word about Dr Motha’s techniques. “I had an incredibly positive, emotional, and nurturing birth,” she says. “Now I send all my girlfriends to Gowri as soon as they tell me they’re expecting.”