Celebrities Giving Birth at Home
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?