I have to sound like the cynic, but I have never bought into Madonna's "enlightenment" scam. I have a love/hate r-ship with her -- I have a fascination with pop-culture, so I love her for her ability to constatnly keep herself interesting the the masses.... but I can't stand the way she uses ideals and principles and spiritual practices that people hold very dear and sacred as a means to "reinvent" herself. She's as phony as that English accent she adopted a few years back.
And Gweneth... well, I hate to say it, but I sort of feel the same about her. Granted, she has been more consistent than Madonna, and I certainly think it's great for anyone to be health conscious, and more power to anyone who wants to have a homebirth... but I have to wonder, would she make the same choices if there were no media reporting on it? Would she make the same choices if there was no "image" to promote?