By peoplestaff225
Updated March 09, 2010 02:00 PM

She may have welcomed her first child only three months ago, but Gisele Bündchen already has a clear picture of the mom she hopes to be.

“I grew up witnessing my mother [Vania] always trying her best at doing all she could for the six of us girls. My mom devoted her entire life to her family and did it with such grace,” she writes on her website in celebration of Mar. 8th’s International Women’s Day.

“She is my hero. She is the reason why I believe a woman is the core of a family … I can only hope to be for my kids what she will and always be for us … Our rock.”

Writing the blog entry from a “very happy and proud” mother’s perspective, Gisele’s priorities have clearly shifted since starting a family with her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. “Being committed to building a family, becoming a mother, and raising a child with love and awareness is for me, the single biggest responsibility a woman could have,” she explains.

Determined to spread the word about the wonders of natural childbirth, Gisele opens up about her own “intense and life-changing experience” when she delivered Benjamin — “surrounded by love … safe” at home.

Recalling a sense of extreme vulnerability, yet newfound empowerment, the model, 29, allowed her instincts to take over.

“It was amazing to experience my body become free to do what it was made to do by allowing my mind and my body to let go and be free to experience the changes taking place within,” she shares. “I was just there … so present, to witness the biggest miracle in my life happen before my very own eyes. To give life, what a gift!”

And when the moment came for Gisele to finally hold her baby boy, she was overcome with a sudden rush of emotion.

— Anya