The Bachelor NZ star Matilda Green has addressed the "horrific news article" that followed the home birth of her newborn son, Milo, last week.
Green and her husband, Art, announced the arrival of their first child on social media, informing their fans that Milo had been born in their living room as they had "hoped and planned".
Art also delivered their baby boy, with Matilda calling the birth "the most incredible experience" of her life. Art revealed the home birth took place during a power outage last Wednesday evening.
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In an Instagram post uploaded on Wednesday, the new mum shared an adorable photo of one-week-old Milo with her 164,000 followers.
"I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that has taken the time to send a nice message or leave a nice comment, we really appreciate it," Green wrote.
"Especially after that horrid news article, it's nice to be reminded that there are far more kind people in the world than otherwise."
The "horrid article" was published by New Zealand's national newspaper last week - which has since been taken down. The piece was written by a "South Island doctor" and criticised the "risky" nature of home births.
The article also labelled the reality TV couple as "irresponsible" for promoting the birth on social media.
The controversial piece received backlash from a number of Kiwis, with The Spinoff writer Emily Writes calling it "flaming incomprehensible garbage".
The couple were married on Waiheke Island in February this year after meeting on season one of The Bachelor NZ in 2015. Art proposed in Rarotonga in 2017.