Can you imagine going through the pain of labor and rushing to the hospital with cameras flashing in your face and paparazzi blocking your path? Sounds pretty awful, right? These stars must have thought so too, which is why they had home births. Then again, some of these stars probably have houses larger than an entire hospital. These are 10 celebrities who gave birth at home.
Supermodel Bundchen and her NFL star husband Tom Brady welcomed their daughter Vivian Lake into the world at their home in Boston. The couple also opted for a homebirth with their son Benjamin,with a bathtub birth. Bundchen talked about the experience in the Ricki Lake documentary, “The Business of Being Born.”
The “Lost” star welcomed her first child, Kahekili, into the world at her Hawaii home with her boyfriend, production assistant Norman Kali. Lilly was in labor for 30 hours — eight of which were pure pushing!
The “Cosby Show” actress and her husband Jason Momoa welcomed their son into the world via a homebirth. Bonet’s boyfriend is a yoga instructor and she recently changed her name to “Lilakoi Moon.” Opting for a rather Zen-like birth seems a perfect fit.
The “How I Met Your Mother” actress and her former “Buffy” co-star, Alexis Denisof, decided on a home birth for both their daughters, Satyana Denisof and Keeva Denisof. Alyson liked the option of a home birth after watching the documentary, “The Business of Being Born,” saying in a WomansDay.com interview that her home provided a “comforting and positive environment.”
Preston didn’t only forego the comforts of a hospital, she gave up the comforts of being able to scream and shout during childbirth! Preston, wife of actor John Travolta, spoke in a “Today” interview about the “silent birth” process she used when giving birth to her new son Benjamin. The process is popular in the Scientology community and promotes the idea that everyone attending the birth should refrain from encouraging the mother, or from speaking at all, period.
The “Saturday Night Live” star who recently got her own variety show had a surprise home birth. She and her husband — “There Will Be Blood” director Paul Thomas Anderson — planned on going to the hospital when delivering their second child, but the labor happened so fast, Rudolph gave birth at home. Rudolph said on the “Chelsea Lately” show that she didn’t know where her placenta had gone, and was surprised to find it in her freezer a few weeks after the birth.
The girl-power singer and her husband, Mario Treadway, had their son Ever through a home birth, with the help of a midwife and a doula. Morissette admitted in a “Today” interview that it “wasn’t the easiest experience” and cautions women that home birth is for women who are at low risk for complications during childbirth.
Singer-songwriter Badu had all three of her children via home births. She explained in a “People” interview that the home is the “natural environment, the old way” and that she liked being able to “continue living her life” during labor, rather than being stuck in a hospital.
The “A History of Violence” actress welcomed her son Jackson Blue through a somewhat dramatic homebirth. She was in labor for almost 24 hours during a horrific thunderstorm. She admits to considering calling an ambulance, but said in an interview she’d be willing to stick it out for 24 hours, and that’s just about how much time it took.
There were several old fashioned components to Crawford’s pregnancy with her son Presley Walker Gerber: 1) She and her husband Rande Gerber chose not to know the sex of the baby until he was born and 2) They opted for a home birth. The couple welcomed their son into the world in their Los Angeles home with the help of a midwife and a nurse.