Shiloh’s birth was an eye-opening experience for Jolie

Speaking to BB4 Radio’s Women’s Hour in January 2016, Jolie touched upon her experience of giving birth in Nambia, and how it inspired her humanitarian efforts throughout the world. “I went to a hospital in Namibia, where I was having my daughter, and I was in breech,” she said. “I needed a C-section, and I knew I was in breech because I had had the money to have an ultrasound. But I found even the local hospital with many, many people, many women—and this was a good hospital—did not have an ultrasound machine.”

Jolie said “one simple machine” could have greatly reduced “the amount of women that didn’t know they were in breech, the amount of babies and complications when they got into labor. She added, “But I know there are many extraordinary people who are working on this and women’s health around the world, and many groups dedicated solely to that, and their work is so needed and these solutions can come.”

Shiloh reminds Jolie of herself as a kid

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Jolie doted over her daughter. “Shiloh’s hysterically funny, one of the goofiest, most playful people you’ll ever meet,” she said. Jolie noted that she was a lot like Shiloh when she was a little kid. “Goofy and verbal, the early signs of a performer,” Jolie said. “I used to get dressed up in costumes and jump around.”

“But at some point, I got closed off, darker,” Jolie added. “I don’t remember anything happening. I think you just get hit with the realities of certain things in life, think too much, start to realize the world isn’t as you wished it would be, so you deepen. Then, as I had kids and got older—being goofy, lighter—it all came back.”