Celebrities Giving Birth at Home

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Kaitlin Olson, an actress on the show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, is only one of many celebrities who have given home births. Olson recently gave birth at home to her first son, with her co-star and husband, Rob McElhenney.

According to statistics, homebirths have risen 20% in the last few years. Many celebrities besides Olson have turned to home birth in the past; Demi Moore, Lisa Bonet, Kelly Preston, Pamela Anderson, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Connelly, Cindy Crawford, Mayim Bialik, Gisele Bundchen, and Alyson Hannigan have all given birth to at least one of their children at home.

Some of the stars say that privacy was a main concern in giving birth at home, while others just felt that a home birth fit their parenting ideals.

I have a HUGE amount of respect for women who have chosen to give birth at home. While I enjoyed my epidural during my first birth, I often wish I was better informed of the ramifications of my hospital birth, before giving birth. Unfortunately for me, I had an overzealous doctor who induced me at 38 weeks – for the heck of it – with my first.

When that induction didn’t progress on his tight schedule, he decided to give me a C-section just 12 hours after the induction started.

If I’d had a homebirth, or at least a less medically invasive birth, I could have made my own choices regarding my birthing choices in subsequent pregnancies. I know home birth has many advocates, as well as opponents, with very vocal views on either side. However, I think it is important for all of us, as mothers, to remember that what works for you may not work for the person sitting next to you.

What do you, personally, think of home births?  Did you, or would you, try it? 

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Celebrities Giving Birth at Home

Heather Montgomery is a freelance writer with a background in Elementary Education and an almost embarrassing need to read celebrity gossip. As a work-at-home mom to three children, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She was married in 2003 and currently resides in Florida. ... More

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  1. ErinF says:

    I started researching birth options years before I actually got pregnant (baby rabies, anyone?), and when I did get pregnant this summer, I felt that home birth was the best path for me. I have total confidence in my body’s ability to do this, and I’ve been a little surprised at the calm I’ve felt in regards to pregnancy and childbirth. I think that for me, the hospital environment would make me feel more pressured and stressed, increasing the chance of complications that likely won’t be an issue if I am allowed to labor at my own pace, move freely and trust my body without constant interventions from strangers. It really helps so know yourself and explore what options are most comfortable for you. It also helps me that my husband is so supportive; when people ask him why I’m planning to go this route, he tells them, "Well, she’s not sick–why would she need to go to the hospital?" Two great books I’m reading right now on the topic are Gentle Birth Options by Barbara Harper, and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin.

  2. Kelly says:

    My home birth went great; I saved money, I had huge support from my midwife and family and friends. I could wander wherever, eat whatever. My daughter had the cord wrapped; it’s very common and a nuchal hand. Yet she was born without crazy hospital interventions. As for mess: I didn’t clean it, the midwife did and it was all on disposable soaker thingies like the hospital so it all went into a trash bag. yes, you can have a natural unmedicated hospital birth, but there are still restrictions and unnecessary interventions. Homebirth isnt right for all, just like hospitals aren’t right for all. I think a woman needs to do her own research and make the choice that’s best for her. (two good documentaries to watch are business of being born (and it’s sequel if you want) and pregnant in america)

  3. Teressa says:

    my first birth was an unmedicated besides the pitocin for induction,seeing as it was easy i wanted a home birth next. I recently gave birth to my second child at home, it was amazing, easy and everything i could have asked for

  4. Danielle says:

    I had a home birth. It was amazing for us. No hospital in my area offers water birth. I have always felt comfort from water and it just seems like the best fit for me. I also have no heath insurance so it was the much cheaper option even after buying the birthing pool and supplies.

    I was allowed to just move at my pace and I never felt pressure to "get the show on the road". No drugs to move things along. It was really very peaceful. The one word that I would use to describe my birth experience would be "calm".

    I don’t think this would be for everyone. I didn’t have any fear about it as I had done TONS of research. If I had it would have made for a bad birth. I live right next to a hospital so if something did go wrong we could have gone to the hospital very quickly. I think that was the main reason I had no fear.

  5. People can have their kids wherever they choose. I am thankful I was at the hospital for my deliveries since they all ended up as emergency c-sections. So glad I live in an era that c-sections occur or I might not be here as well as my 4 kids!

  6. Leah says:

    I’ve given a lot of thought about having my next child as a home birth. I too feel I was misinformed with my first child. The documentary "Business of Being Born" talks all about this! Great movie!

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