Having a child is a special time and giving birth is such a remarkable experience that women have been blessed to have. As much as childbirth hurts, you have to marvel at how amazing a woman’s body is that she can carry around another human being and then one day birth that baby. The human body is an incredible thing.
There really is nothing more powerful than to know you can provide a home for a child for nine months and that your body just knows when the time is right to give birth. It's quite the miracle.
There are different types of moms, some just want to get the birthing experience and the pain of it over with so that they can finally have their baby in their arms. There are some mothers, however, that want to experience every moment of the birthing process. They aren’t interested in the drugs and they want to birth their babies in their own home. There was certainly a time when home births weren’t considered safe, but that’s not the case anymore. Studies have shown that only 8 per cent of home births required medical intervention.
You might be surprised to find out how many celebrities opted to have a home birth and they certainly have the means to hire the best staff possible.
Beyoncé wasn’t messing around when she decided to have a home birth in her mansion. She went about transforming her home and built a $1 million maternity ward. She and Jay-Z are insanely wealthy, so it’s not really surprising. When it came to her twins being born, Beyoncé wanted the best care possible. She brought in incubators and created a professional neonatal wing. They have spent a lot of money to create the safest environment possible for the birth of the twins. A neighbor said, “It is all about privacy and safety. It’s not usual for someone expecting twins to have them at home, but Beyoncé has discussed it with her doctors. She’s in prime physical condition and they are setting up a professional maternity unit inside the house for the birth. There will also be an ambulance on standby to take her to Cedars-Sinai Hospital should she or the babies need hospital care.”
14 Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly has always been a fan of home births; she doesn’t believe that birthing should be something to fear. She wanted to enjoy every moment of it and that included the pain. For anyone that has gone through natural childbirth, they understand that the pain is not intolerable nor is it like being hit by a car. It’s more of a euphoric pain because it has its purpose and that’s to bring life into the world. Connelly previously gave birth in a hospital, but when it came time for her third child, she knew she wanted a different kind of experience. Connelly wanted a water birth in her home and Agnes Lark was born right there in their New York City apartment. She may have opted to do a home birth for her third child because they had the means to do so. Insurance does not cover home births, so the cost is all on the parents.
13 Evan Rachel Wood
A few years ago, Evan Rachel Wood decided to have a home birth. She’s certainly been described over the years as an “edgy” actress and a woman. She’s taken a lot of risks in her career as well as her personal life. She said those days are behind her though and now it’s all about her son. She had a home birth by candlelight and she said “it was a psychedelic experience. I felt like I was hitting every corner of the room. Everything was vibrating.” She has no interest in reliving the experience, though she may be open to adopting. "I have to say thank you Ricki Lake for your inspiring documentary The Business of Being Born. I never knew I had a choice when it came to labor. It taught me so much and aided my decision in having a natural home birth which my son and I are now forever grateful for."
12 Gisele Bündchen
Most people wouldn’t expect Gisele to want something like a home birth. We would probably expect the former supermodel to have a private room at the hospital, where she could be pampered. But Gisele is really down to Earth and it was important to her to have both of her children at home through a water birth. She also claims that her labor was pain free and very peaceful. Most people would assume that she was lying to make the world think that her life is even more perfect than we originally thought. Believe it or not, though, there are a lot of people who have painless births and there’s just some discomfort. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. All and all, she had a good experience and she felt that it was very bonding for her and her children.
11 Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik has always been about providing a natural environment for her children, so it wasn’t really surprising to hear that she decided to have a home birth. She said that her son was born not only in their home, but right in the living room and she was only in labor for three hours. Talk about lucky. She is a strong believer in home births and doesn’t believe that you have to go to the hospital at all. "Let me birth with music playing, with my grandfather's prayer books looking down on me, with my hair flowing, my inhibitions gone, the doors of my home flung wide open as if to say: I am open to this process, world. I was made to birth this baby!" It sounds like to her, it was a very beautiful experience and it’s probably a lot less stressful being in your own home.
10 Ricki Lake
Like we heard earlier, Ricki Lake is obviously a big supporter of home births because that was where Evan Rachel Wood got the idea for it. Lake actually made a documentary titled The Business of Being Born about the natural birth movement. It empowered a lot of people, including Evan Rachel Wood, to become part of that movement which is very inspiring. The celebrities that decide to have home births do it because they believe that you don’t have to rely on doctors to give birth. She used her own birthing experience in the documentary when she gave birth to her second son, Owen. She used a midwife throughout the experience. It was due to her experience with a medicated hospital birth that made her realize that she wanted something different for the second time around. Her story is truly inspiring.
9 Lisa Bonet
Lisa Bonet has always been a huge fan of all things natural and she really enjoyed the birthing experience she had at home with Zoe. She enjoyed it so much that she did it again when she was pregnant with her second daughter Lola. We remember Lisa Bonet for her time on The Cosby Show. She had her first child with musician Lenny Kravitz and then her second child with her new love Jason Momoa. They also have a son that was born during a storm and she said that was where he got his name from. He “was born on the "stormiest, rainy night," which led to his unique name. "Nakoa" means warrior. His first middle name is comprised of "Mana" meaning strength/spirit, "Kaua" meaning rain and "Po" meaning dark. The name was always going to be Nakoa-Wolf, but Jason did the research on first [and] middle name."
8 Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore had no interest in a hospital birth when it came to giving birth to Liv. She didn’t believe that a hospital birth was the way it was supposed to be and she wanted something different. She wanted to be part of the natural birth movement as well, so when Ricki Lake approached her about being part of her documentary, she jumped at the chance. She went ahead and gave birth to her daughter at home. She found the connection to her daughter to be a deeply spiritual one because they had the birth at home. She believes that the connection comes from a higher power and it’s just not something you can get at the hospital. She thinks that the way women are portrayed in movies and TV having babies is just not the way it should be.
7 Alanis Morissette
Not everyone has a peaceful and blissful home birth experience. Morissette explains her situation as one that lasted 25 hours and it was no walk in the park. Not all birthing experiences are created equal and she didn’t have a great experience at all. “It was terrifying, but then once we heard her and once she cried [and] I pulled her up and she started breastfeeding, I was just like, ‘Ah.’ It gets gnarlier and gnarlier. I think the words Texas Chainsaw Massacre were used when [my midwife and doula] walked in. It’s pretty gnarly, but it’s not meant to be all clean and perfect. We are animals.” It wasn’t like Gisele’s pain-free experience either.
6 Evangeline Lilly
When Evangeline Lilly was ready to give birth to her son, she decided that a home birth was what she really wanted. She wasn’t someone who took a lot of time off after having her baby, but she enjoyed the whole birthing experience and said that it was everything that she hoped it would be. It wasn’t an easy labor though, and it lasted a whopping 30 hours. That can be the case sometimes with first-time moms; it’s actually less normal to have a short delivery. Eight of those 30 hours was spent pushing and that can be exhausting for a mother. After five hours, her midwives decided on another course of action, but at the end of the day, Lilly got the home birth that she wanted and she didn’t require any medication. She doesn’t regret her decision regardless of how long it was.
5 Alyson Hannigan
After the success of American Pie, Alyson Hannigan decided that she wanted to be a mother. When she became pregnant with her daughter Satyana she decided that a home birth was what she wanted, the hospital experience just wasn’t ideal for her. She believed that the hospital wasn’t the right place to bring life into the world and she’s not the only celebrity that feels that way. Hannigan is another actress that watched Ricki Lake’s documentary and was inspired to have a home birth. "I wanted to be as 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." It’s the same thing that we hear from most of the other celebrities, they believe in something and they go for it. They do what they feel is best for their family.
4 Nelly Furtado
There are some celebrities that have home births and talk about it in the media while there are others that like to keep the experience as personal and private as possible and that’s okay too. Nelly Furtado was not someone that liked to speak about her experience. Nelly Furtado has always been a hippie chick, so she was more than willing to try out a home birth when she became pregnant. She hasn’t talked a whole lot about the experience that she had giving birth to her daughter Nevis. She’s not one that has been part of the movement and she doesn’t make speeches about how everyone should do it. She just felt it was a personal experience. We love that these women are standing up for what they feel is right, so it’s great to hear these home birth experiences.
3 Gaby Hoffmann
Gaby Hoffmann decided on a home birth for herself after she witnessed her niece being born in that manner. She’s very open in society about nudity, so talking about her pregnancy and birthing experience really wasn’t hard for her, either. She hired a few doulas to help her with the experience and went about giving birth to a ten-pound baby. She thought the experience was very animalistic and that’s certainly one way of looking at it. “Have you ever seen anybody being born in a natural setting? Not drugged or with a C-section, which is sometimes necessary and thank God for it. The second you see it you understand. It's primal. It's primordial. It's extraordinary. Once you see it, especially as a woman, it haunts you in your bones.” We certainly haven’t had it described like that before, so it’s something to think about.
2 Maya Rudolph
We assume that when moms have a home birth that it was totally planned, that it was exactly what they wanted, but that wasn’t the case with Maya Rudolph. We’ve heard the stories of mothers giving birth in parking lots or on the side of the highway. In the case of Rudolph, she had quite the experience with an unplanned home birth. “That was not my plan, but that’s what happened because the baby came out really fast. Luckily, she just kind of glided into her father’s arms. It was scary, but it was kind of awesome. Hospitals make me nervous because I feel like hospital equals death, like it smells like dead people and weird fluids that pickle people.” Maybe it was meant to be. It’s amazing how some labors go on forever while others are over before they know it.
1 Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu had three children and every one of them was a home birth, so she’s a big supporter of it. “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.” She loved it so much that she decided to become a midwife herself. She went from singing to being part of other women’s birth experiences. She certainly doesn’t need the money, but for her it was all about a higher calling, doing something for other women.