Although the percentage of home births in the US has recently seen an increase, it’s still quite low. In 2012, births at home and in birth centers was only 1.28% of all American births. (1)
While some mothers with at-risk pregnancies are better off giving birth in a hospital, and other mothers simply feel more comfortable there, there are definitely advantages to giving birth at home. And many celebrities actually prefer it to hospital births!
The At Home Birth Experience For Celebrities
James and Kimberly Van Der Beek
James Van Der Beek is an American actor best known for his role in Dawson’s Creek. James and his wife Kimberly delivered their fifth child in their very own bedroom just last month, June 15th, 2018. James shared a photo of just after the delivery, with a warning of its “graphic nature.” The photo included an unused inflatable birthing tub, a messy bed, the happy, healthy baby, and the placenta in a mixing bowl on the floor.
The American actress and talk show host, Ricki Lake, experienced both a hospital birth with her first child, Milo, and an at-home birth with her son Owen. She shared that she much preferred the at-home birth with no medication and it was this experience that inspired her documentary The Business Of Being Born in 2008.
Alyson Hannigan, who played Lily Aldrin in How I Met Your Mother, actually decided to give birth at home after watching The Business Of Being Born. In 2009 she said, “I wanted to be comfortable as possible when I gave birth, and there’s no place I’m more comfortable than my own home. I wanted a comforting and positive environment; in my opinion, hospitals are for sick people.”
Alanis Morissette, singer and songwriter, said that her home is a sanctuary for her, and she couldn’t imagine herself delivering a baby at the hospital. With a midwife and a Douala, Alanis and her husband Souleye welcomed their son, Ever, into their home in 2011, and their daughter, Onyx, the same way in 2017.
Stacy is an actress, dancer, and model. She and her husband, Jared Pobre, had an un-medicated home birth both for her daughter, Ava, and her son, Bodhi. She said that it was the best decision she had ever made. “I kept saying, like, ‘Ava’s a warrior. I’m a warrior.’ Then when she came out, I feel like we had this bond that we fought together,” she shared.
Mayim Bialik, best known for her roll in The Big Bang Theory, also joined the home birth club with her second son Frederick. With the help of a midwife and her husband, Michael Stone, Mayim says that her son Miles watched the whole thing from his high chair while eating granola.
Gisele is a Brazilian model and actress married to NFL football star, Tom Brady. Gisele gave birth to their first son Benjamin in the bathtub of Tom’s former penthouse apartment in Boston. She later shared her feelings about having a non-medicated birth, “I didn’t want to be drugged up. So I did a lot of preparation. I didn’t hurt in the slightest. The whole time my mind was focused in each contraction on the thought ‘My baby is closer to coming out.’”
Canadian actress and model, Pamela Anderson, had both her sons Brandon and Dylan at home. Of the experience she said, “I gave birth at home both times—natural—with a midwife, in water, with nothing. Not even Tylenol.”
Jennifer Connelly has played many roles in film including Alicia Nash in A Beautiful Mind and Betty Ross in the 2003 Marvel superhero film Hulk. She and her husband, Paul Bethany, decided their apartment in New York City was the perfect place to deliver their daughter Agnes.
It is important to keep in mind that at-home births are not for everyone, and medical assistance found in hospitals is necessary for some cases.
But, while it may seem a little unconventional to some, many women prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home during labor and delivery, and even find that un-medicated births are preferable to medicated birth!