Are Home Births The New Trend Hollywood Trend?

Sun, January 29, 2012 1:03pm EST by 2 Comments

Have your baby the Hollywood way! More American mothers are nixing the hospital for the home to deliver their newborns just like celebrities Gisele Bundchen and Demi Moore.

Mothers like Gisele Bundchen and former Dancing With The Stars contestant Ricki Lake brought their babies’ delivery back to the home front, and now more moms want to join the trend. A 29 percent rise of home births between 2004 and 2009 might be due to moms wanting “specifically desired surroundings, a so called Hollywood motivation,” reports the Daily Mail.

Gisele gave birth to her son at home in the bathtub in 2009, while Ricki publicly documented her home birth in her film Business of Being Born.

“When they see celebrities doing it, they think ‘Oh, this is a great idea,” Dr. Mary L Rosser, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx told HealthDay News.

Not everyone can go au natural, though. The American Pregnancy Association recommends homebirths only to mothers expecting a “healthy, low-risk pregnancy” and lists the risks of homebirth as high blood pressure, fetal distress, cord prolapse and/or hemorrhage.

If the attraction of giving birth like supermodel Cindy Crawford or Academy-Award winner Meryl Streep isn’t enough incentive, the price may be. “An average uncomplicated vaginal birth costs about 60% less in a home than in a hospital,” the American Pregnancy Association states.

Which do YOU prefer: Bringing your new baby right into your home surrounded by friends and family, or the safe and professional help of doctors and nurses (and those ever-helpful drugs to ease the pain)?

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Posted at 9:59 PM on January 29, 2012  

So my only choices are to be surrounded by family or to be in a ‘safe’ environment? So in no way are home births the least bit safe, even though the attending midwife is medically trained and knowledgeable about what’s going on and has on her the proper equipment (most states that allow an attending midwife also allow pitocin in case of hemorrhaging, the same thing the nurse at the hospital would provide)to monitor mom and baby. In addition, as a witness to my sister in law that needed an emergency c-section, it took longer for them to prep the OR for her, than it would take for me to get to the hospital. My midwife also has connections there and can call the second she sees a problem, which wouldn’t be every 45 minutes when the nurse finally comes in to check on me (as what happened for my first and second birth at the hospital), but every 15, with an ever watchful eye since I am her only patient, not a ‘one fish in a big pond’. My motivation had nothing to do with Hollywood, but with growing anger at the hospital birth system after my second was born. Hospitals are an awesome place for the people who actually need them, the rest of us are perfectly safe at home, unless we end up actually needing the hospital. Oh, and of course my mother intentionally home birthed my sister and I, and Hollywood was far from her mind. I plan to birth my 5th child at home as well, I like the safety of my midwife as well as my children, husband and friends actually being apart of the awesome experience of bringing a child into this world, not a medical intervention fest.

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Posted at 1:18 PM on January 29, 2012  

no it’s not a new phenomenon hollywood stars that have been eligible for home birth have done it for more than 40 years Vanessa Redgraves son Carlo was born at home in 1969 but back then the press never asked about it

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