Actress Lake Bell has shared her home birth experiences, highlighting the joy but also potential dangers of the popular birth trend.
Speaking to Dax Shepard on his podcast Armchair Expert, American actress Lake Bell has spoken out about her two very different home birth experiences.
While Lake’s first daughter Nova was born at home without any complications, her son Ozgood’s birth story was quite traumatic leaving her unsure about the safety of choosing to have a home birth.
Same But Different
Lake says her two home births could not have been more different despite a very similar series of events.
“We had two home births,” she said. “The first was with Nova…I felt very empowered. The home birth was this amazing primal bonding.”
It wasn’t all smooth sailing with the baby born with the cord wrapped around her neck, requiring immediate attention.
“The midwife gave her three lifesaving breaths on my best and my husband was there,” she recounted. “She came to life and we saw it.”
Despite a few hiccups during her first experience, Lake was determined to have a home birth for her second child but unfortunately it didn’t go to plan.
“The same thing happened,” she said. “I was at home and he had the cord wrapped around his neck…he was not coming to.”
“Now you’re in really f******* life and death. Your child is there and the entire room is trying to resuscitate him and they can’t. The paramedics are on their way and he’s still there. This person you don’t yet know.”
In the US, homebirths are not recommended, but in Australia, women have the right to choose where and how they give birth to their baby.
Those who decide to have their baby at home need to ensure that they are considered a ‘low risk’ pregnancy and have a registered midwife or doctor on hand to assist in case of an emergency.
With everyone from Meghan Markle to Gisele Bunchen and Julianne Moore endorsing the practice of home birth, it is definitely an option growing in popularity, but it’s important to be properly informed and speak to your health care provider about whether it is the right choice for you.
Did you have a home birth? What was your experience like? Share your story in the comments.