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OTRC: Jewel wanted natural birth for new baby, says 'make a plan and God laughs'

Singer Jewel and husband Ty Murray, a professional bull rider, welcomed their first child, a boy named Kase Townes, on July 11, 2011. He was born via an emergency caesarean section. 'We had a name list a long time ago, before we were even married,' Ty told People magazine in September 2011. 'I like one syllable names.' While Kase remains the baby's official birth name, the name "Kasey" is of Irish origin and the name "Case" is French and means "box." (Pictured: Jewel appears in an undated 2010 photo posted on her Twitter page.) (twitter.com/jeweljk)

Jewel says she wanted to deliver her first child naturally and even studied a method called HypnoBirthing as she prepared to welcome her baby son.

The 37-year-old Grammy-winning singer and husband Ty Murray, a 45-year-old professional bull rider, welcomed Kase Townes on July 11. He was born via an emergency caesarean section.

They always say, 'Make a plan and God laughs,' right?" Jewel told People.

Doctors made the decision to operate on the singer after a routine check-up carried out several weeks after her due date revealed that her baby's heartbeat was dropping whenever she had false labor contractions, the magazine said.

"We wanted a natural birth and I was committed to that," Jewel told People. "I studied HypnoBirthing."

The practice, also called the Mongan Method, teaches women in labor to relax. Its official website states: "When you have your baby with HypnoBirthing, you will not be in a trance or a sleep. What you will experience is similar to the daydreaming, or focusing, that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or a movie or staring into a fire."

Jewel, who also co-hosts the Bravo reality talent series "Going Platinum," and Murray married in 2008. The singer also suffered a pregnancy scare four months before her due date - she was hit by a fire truck in March. She and the baby were not harmed.

Jewel debuted photos of her new son on People's website.

"Isn't my boy handsome?!" she Tweeted. "#yupi'mTHATmom."