Celebrity Water Birth Experience — Who Welcomed Their Babies at Home?
Among the many women who have chosen to give birth in water are several well-known mothers such as Gisele Bundchen, Elsa Hosk, Thandie Newton, and Jennifer Connelly.
Giving birth is one of the most challenging moments in any woman's life and having painless natural childbirth is a common desire. The release of the 2008 documentary "The Business of Being Born" boosted the popularity of water births.
In a waterbirth, women go through labor in a tub filled with warm water, a practice several celebrities have adhered to and praise. Nevertheless, the decision to have a water birth is subject to several medical considerations.
“Younger” star Hilary Duff is the proud mother of three children: Luca, nine, Violet, two, and tiny Mae, born on March 24, 2021. For her third birthing experience, Duff chose a water birth, surrounded by her family. She revealed:
“It was so absolutely lovely and rewarding (and shocking) that after giving birth to my baby girl we hugged."
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, married to star NFL quarterback Tom Brady, had a waterbirth as her first experience with motherhood. Bundchen welcomed her son Benjamin in 2009 -- in her own bathtub.
The supermodel later revealed that the experience had been painless and exhilarating. Bundchen gave birth to her second child Vivian at home in 2012 but did not reveal if she had repeated the water birth experience.
Kourtney Kardashian was initially convinced, but opted out after witnessing a water birth.
Stunning "Snowpiercer" actress Jennifer Connelly is the mother of three children, sons Kai, 23, Stellan,17, and daughter Agnes, 9. Connelly chose to have Agnes at home via waterbirth accompanied by a midwife.
Connelly, who is married to Avengers star Paul Bettany, is an advocate for women and children's rights and has appealed for the provision of funds to support the millions of women who give birth without medical help or supervision.
It's logical that everyone's favorite "Baywatch" mermaid Pamela Anderson would give birth to her children in water... Long before water births became fashionable, Anderson welcomed her sons Brandon, now 24, and Dylan, now 23, in her tub.
Anderson revealed that her sons, whom she shares with rocker ex-husband, Motley Crew drummer Tommy Lee, were born at home with the help of a midwife, a completely natural drug-free process.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actress Alyson Hannigan is mom to two daughters Satyana, 11, and Keeva, 9, whom she shares with husband and "Angel" co-star Alexis Denisof.
Hannigan opted for a water birth after seeing "The Business of Being Born" and welcomed her daughters at home. The actress admits that water births may not be the best option for everyone, but it worked for her.
"Westworld" actress Thandie Newton has welcomed her three children -- daughters, Ripley and Nico, and son Booker -- through water births. Newton described the experience as challenging "in the best way possible." She said:
"Every fiber of your being is alive (...) literally creating something. I'd like to give birth every year if I could, just for that experience."
But of course, water births are not for everyone. "KUWTK" reality star Kourtney Kardashian was initially convinced but opted out after witnessing a water birth which she described as "intense and frightening."
As for Victoria's Secret model Elsa Hosk, she described her water birth without the benefit of painkillers as "horror movie darkness" and excruciatingly painful. Hosk revealed the darkness dissipated when she held her baby in her arms.
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