Celebrity Moms Are Working Moms Too.

 Angelina Jolie just had Brad Pitt’s baby, making her a mother of three - Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, four-year-old Maddox and one-year-old Zahara. Will three under five be a crowd? We think not given the staff available to serve the needs of the Jolie-Pitt household. But Angelina is only one person, and she, just like the rest of us, can’t be in two different places at the same time. All working moms, famous or not, wish they could spend more time with their kids. They want to be the ones doing the handholding for the important moments. As Deborah Norville says, “I figure if a little voice calls for Mommy in the middle of the night, that’s who he should get.”

It is easy to forget that celebrity moms are working moms.  Believe it or not, like their less glamorous counterparts in the working mother world, they must juggle the demands of their families and their careers too.

As new mothers, they too can be intimidated by the experience. Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger, who met while making Brokeback Mountain together, recently had their first child, Matilda. Interviewed by Entertainment Weekly in a Brooklyn restaurant, Williams apologizes, “I’m sorry, everything’s a bit of a mess right now. I had to breast-feed in the restaurant, and that’s the first time I’ve done that. I couldn’t get my shirt down. The first times are confusing and overwhelming, and I’m trying to learn how to deal with so many first times and not get harried and frustrated.”

They are also insecure about how well they are playing the role of mother.   Indeed, in a television interview, Madonna recently confessed, "I'm a crap mother."  She went on to say "I want to get home and put my kids to bed and then sometimes, if I'm spending a lot of time with my children, I think, 'oh god, I just want to be an artist.'"  Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives shocked 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl recently with her response to Stahl’s asking if motherhood is the best experience of her life. “No, no, and I resent that question because I think it puts women in an untenable position, because unless I say to you, ‘Oh, Lesley, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done with my whole life,’ I’m considered a bad mother.” Huffman went on the say that she didn’t know if she was a good mother or not. “I’m there enough. I don’t know if I’m patient enough . . . I don’t know if I’m teaching them the right things.” Uma Thurman hopes she’s “not failing as a parent in order to be a professional woman.” Sarah Jessica Parker says, “I am like any working mother who tries to juggle and do everything well. You just do the best you can.”