Recently I was Googling around for “home birth” and I discovered that celebrity home births are on the rise, following the same home birth trend the rest of us are experiencing.
Here are 10 celebrity mamas who gave birth at home, and I think some of them may surprise you.
Oscar-winner actress Jennifer Connelly recently had a home water birth in New York with her daughter Agnes Lark. Baby Anges joins big brothers Stellan and Kai.
Many of you out there may have actually SEEN Ricki Lake’s homebirth of her second son, Owen. After all, it was chronicled up close and personal in her film, The Business of Being Born. Salon.com described the film as “the opposite of a celebrity vanity project.” I gotta give it up for Ricki – her film was brave and hugely inspirational.
Pamela Anderson delivered both of her baby boys at home in water with the help of two midwives and her then husband Tommy Lee.
Singer Erykah Badu has given birth to all three of her children at home.
BTW, Erykah’s kids names are almost as diverse as her musical styles: Seven Sirius, Puma Sabit, and Mars Merkaba.
About her home birthing experience Erykah said, “Maybe to some it’s scary, but preparation is the whole key. When a mother has found out she’s going to have a baby, her whole life — her diet, her mood, her energy — should kind of prepare her. After she prepares herself, fear is never a part of it. I expected success and health, so I made sure I surrounded myself with it. By the time I had my third baby, childbirth seemed a very natural part of life to me.”
How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan had a drug free home birth for her first child, Satyana. About the birth she said, “Yes. I did use a midwife and a doula. We had the option of having a doctor there, but even he said you’ll only need me if you need to be transferred to the hospital–which thankfully, I did not need.”
SNL star Maya Rudolph had a homebirth with her second child – although neither she or baby Lucille expected it in the least!
In an interview on the Chelsea Lately show, Maya described the experience as “scary but kind of awesome.” She said that Lucille came out really fast and, quote, “kind of gently glided into her father’s arms.”
“I can’t imagine giving birth in a sterile environment like a hospital,” said actress Maria Bello. So she labored with her son Jackson Blue in her bed. After almost 24 hours of labor in the midst of a raging thunderstorm, she said she’d do the same thing next time.
Maria said, “Believe me, there were times where I wanted to say, “Get the ambulance — I’m done.” But then I thought, “I can do anything for 24 hours” and it was almost exactly 24 hours.”
Demi Moore gained notoriety not just for her acting chops, but also this risque Vanity Fair cover.
But what was lost in all the hoopla about that cover was that Demi had all three of her children at home! You go, girl.
Is there an Academy Award for best home birth? Because if there is, I’m sure Meryl Streep would have won it.
In 1978, she married sculptor Don Gummer and they are parents to four children: Henry, Mamie (Mary), Grace, and Louisa, one or more of whom were born at home.
Supermodel Cindy Crawford had both of her children – son Presley, now 11, and daughter Kaia, now 9 – at home with her husband Rande Gerber and three midwives on hand. She spoke of the home birth experience:
I didn’t tell anyone last time because a lot of people are against home birth and tell you horror stories. Even my husband said at first, ‘Why are we doing this?'” But she went on to say her home birth was ‘absolutely surreal.'”
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