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Celebrity Homebirths!

Updated on June 30, 2011

Celebrities Have Home Births Too!

As the benefits of home birth become more well-known, more and more celebrities are giving birth at home. Of course you wouldn't want to give birth at home just because Demi Moore did - all three times! - but it might be easier to convince your loved ones who are doubting your sanity that it is not quite such a shocking choice after all.

Celebrity Moms Who Gave Birth at Home

Meryl Streep

Demi Moore

Cindy Crawford

Nellie Furtado

Laura Dern

Joann Whalley

Carrie Ann Moss

Mare Winningham

Ricki Lake

Melora Hardin

Felicity Huffman

Thandie Newton

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Julianne Moore

Kelly Preston

Lucy Lawless

Maria Bello

Pamela Anderson

Stella Tennant

Mayim Bialik

Charlotte Church

Patricia Arquette

Joely Fischer

Gisele Bundchen

Carole King

Lindsay Wagner

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Kiefer Sutherland

Owen Wilson

Woody Harrelson

Bruce Willis

Lenny Kravitz

Richard Thomas

Kenny Loggins

John Leguizamo

Val Kilmer

John Schneider

John McGinley

Noah Wylie

Just a Trend?

Are celebrities choosing homebirth because it is the next hot trend?

In fact, the individuals on this page

are bucking the Hollywood trend

of elective C-sections.

The Business of Being Born - Actress & talk show host Ricki Lake was so impressed by her homebirth experience, she produced a documentary!

Is it conceivable that in the United States, profit is increasingly driving the business of birthing--sometimes at the expense of the best possible outcome for mothers and babies? Should birth be viewed and treated as a natural process or a potential medical emergency? This documentary, produced by Ricki Lake and directed by Abby Epstein, opines that money and fear are changing the way Americans give birth, and not necessarily for the better. Beginning with shocking statistics that the United States has the second-worst newborn death rate in the developed world and one of the highest maternal mortality rates in industrialized countries, the film presents interviews with medical professionals [who paint] a dismal picture of American birthing and emphasizes the frequent overuse of medical procedures in what are otherwise potentially normal deliveries.

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The filmmaker's lament is that hospitals and doctors often too quickly advocate medical intervention in the interest of saving time and avoiding potential litigation. While unquestionably advocating midwifery over hospital birthing, this documentary presents solid expert opinions, concrete facts and statistics, and anecdotal experiences of both mothers and midwives that are crucial in making an informed decision about the use of midwifery in birthing as well as enlightening as to the current state of birthing in the United States. -Tami Horiuchi

 

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While I don't think that just because a celebrity does something it is automatically worth doing, I do think that seeing that it is a choice many well-known people have made shows that it is not just some weird, backwater, uninformed kind of thing to do. Therefore, I am willing to use celebrities to get the word out!

Sign Your Autograph! - What do you think of celebrities giving birth at home?

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      VisFeminea 5 years ago

      Love it! Really interesting and fun! I Specially thank you for Celebrity Dads, many times they unintentionally get neglected.

      PS: I'm a home-birthing mama too ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      http://www.peticiok.com/igazsagot_gereb_agnesnek

      Dr. gnes Gerb is the internationally acclaimed midwife and first homebirth practitioner in Hungary. On October 5th, 2010 while dealing with a homebirth she was arrested, imprisoned and subsequently transferred to house arrest, which she currently endures. In March, 2011, she was sentenced to two years imprisonment (currently under appeal) and suspended for five years from working as an obstetrician-gynecologist and midwife after being found guilty by a criminal court of negligent malpractice causing death and of negligent malpractice causing permanent damage. Her current house arrest remains in place solely to prevent Dr. Gereb from practicing as a midwife.The police and prosecution services are also completing their investigations into three homebirth-related incidents which lead to further criminal charges against Dr. Gerb.

      The petition site is primarily set-up for Hungarian visitors so we have translated into english the 7 fields u must complete in order to have ur name processed (these 7 fields also appear in english on the top of the petition web page to help gudie you).

      After completing step 7 it will generate a seperate email to ur email address and the new email will ask you to confirm your signature/email address and u do this by clicking on the second blue link line provided.

      Thank you for your support.

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 6 years ago

      I like John Schneider, so it was encouraging to see that his children were born at home. I do not normally care about celebrities, but it is nice to see that in the case of homebirths they do make good decisions. Well done lens!

      Li Li

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      daoine lm 6 years ago

      I had no idea so many celebs had given birth at home! Homebirth was something I had to research and uncover for myself, but I'm glad I did.

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      daoine lm 6 years ago

      I had no idea so many celebs had given birth at home! Homebirth was something I had to research and uncover for myself, but I'm glad I did.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Celebritys have the pulpit, so it's nice they are using it for a good cause. And they have just as much right as anyone to speak out, so I'm glad they are going public about this issue. I think at home birthing is natural and wonderful. Wish I had done it:)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice to see some of my favorite Hollywood stars on the home birth list.

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      peetred lm 6 years ago

      Awesome lens, thanks for sharing!

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      The Business of Being Born is a great movie! It just changed my mind toward homebirth in this, my 3rd, pregnancy!! :)

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      LilliputStation 6 years ago

      I don't think it really makes a difference in how people view "normal" people who homebirth. Many celebrities homeschool too, but that never made anyone view it as a viable alternative for a non-celebrity. They just think, "Well, it makes sense . . . for THEM." I think people start to see it as a viable alternative when they begin to see how many "real" people that they actually know are doing it.

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      MarriedinRed 6 years ago

      Nicely done!!!

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      @LissaKlar LM: That's why I'm trying to get the word out - to show that it's not so scary!

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      @SandyMertens: Owen Wilson just became a father last week (and managed to keep the pregnancy a secret until a week before delivery), so you just haven't heard it yet!

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      fadibody 6 years ago

      I guess it's more private to give birth at home rather than in the hospitals.

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      I wonder what the circumstances with the celebrities' homebirths meaning did they have midwives or more? I guess homebirths scare me but I appreciate that you're getting the word out. Very admirable!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I didn't know Owen Wilson was a father. So many celebrities that chose homebirths.

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      I never knew there were so many celebrity homebirths!

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I was just going to say what you said here in the guestbook -- I would never make a big decision such as birthing options (or any small decision for that matter) on the basis of what celebrities do. BUT I did enjoy looking at the photo of Val Kilmer. GRIN.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      One thing that I didn't get to do was to go to Midwifery school. But I have assisted many a midwife in deliveries. Grant it was in a hospital sitting and not at home, but that was because the mom was at high risk. In all those cases the baby and mom fared better than those who were delivered in the normal delivery rooms. So what every choice is made it needs to be because that is what the parents want celebrity or not.

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      So many chose Home Birth. I didn't know that there were so many :)

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      The fact that celebrities are having home births draws attention to an alternative that many people might not have considered or even known was possible. I would hope that in something that is such a big decision and so personal, that people would give it a lot of thought and not do it just because it has become trendy with celebs.

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      @joanhall: Yes, Charlotte Church surprised me too! Didn't know she had grown up enough yet, LOL!

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      My favorite on the list is Carole King. BTW, I didn't know that Charlotte Church had children! Looking over these is a lot of fun.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      While I'm not a celebrity follower, it is a world that tends to do so. I think when there is something positive to follow, using celebrities to draw position attention to the issue is a great way to spread the word.

      You presented this very well!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think home births are a great idea, but not because the celebs do it :)

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Interesting - never realised how many had given birth at home. Mind you, if I was a celebrity I would probably prefer a home birth more for privacy

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      Lynne Schroeder 6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I am not inclined to make a decision based on what a celebrity does. It should be up to individuals and what is right and best for them.

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      SnoopyGirl1 6 years ago

      Not much into what celebrities do, but I must admit, I am surprised how many had home births. I had to have 2 c-sections, but think that home birth seems like it would be very comforting.

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      @Joan4: Exactly Joan - in general, I couldn't care less what celebrities choose to do. But I'll use anything to help open people's minds about homebirth!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I think people have to do whatever feels right to them, celebrity or not.

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      I think the celebrity home births do make it a more viable option for young people who idolize celebrities. And that may be a good thing. If a young woman researches home births because of her favorite movie star - at least she is researching something she may not have thought about before. Right?

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: That is a concern, but in fact, what I find is that the hot trend among celebrities (which is having its natural trickle-down effect) is elective C-sections so homebirthing celebrities are not the norm. Thanks for mentioning this point; I will put a link to the news story in the lens!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I have to be honest and say that it seems that celebrities often do things because of a fad. Hopefully all of these celebrities are good, thoughtful parents who continue to want what's best for their children.