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10 celebrity moms share intimate moments from their home births

Home births aren't always planned or perfect but they are worth learning about.

Bekah Martinez home birth
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For some moms-to-be, home births can be equally intriguing or anxiety-provoking. As of 2020, "approximately 35,000 births" take place inside the home, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which equates to only .9% of all yearly births, so it may seem rare to find someone you know who has chosen a home birth. Luckily, celebs (they're just like us!) have shared their stories, giving us an intimate look at what happens when you achieve your goal of bringing your newborn into the world at home.

These are their stories:


1. Hilary Duff

Five months after Duff welcomed her daughter, Banks, the actress shared a breathtaking video of the moments after she gave birth in a pool of water in her home.

"I've been wondering for a long time if I would ever share this video as it is extremely personal," Duff wrote. "It was so absolutely lovely and rewarding(and shocking) that after giving birth to my baby girl we hugged ...for the first time, In my mind I like to believe that she was saying good job mom. Go team go. We did it. Together. Matt provided such a safe calm strength, my mommy and sissy were there to cheer me on, and of course my birth angels to make sure all was well and big brother (downstairs deep in legos)."

2. Jade Roper

The Bachelor star never intended to give birth at home, but when her water broke and she went into labor with her second child, she had no choice. Roper shared the story alongside a photo of herself holding the newborn in her closet surrounded by paramedics.

"I've been still processing the shock of this all, as this was not all at what I had planned, but I am so so thankful for each person who helped bring our son into the world safely," she wrote. "I'll share my whole birth story soon, but long story short, my waters broke and 75 minutes later I gave birth to our healthy baby boy while clutching a bench in our closet. It was one of the scariest moments of my life because I felt so out of control, but Tanner, Tanner's mom, my mom and the medics and firefighters kept me going when I felt like the world was caving in on me and my unborn baby."

3. Alanis Morissette

The mom-of-three gave birth to her oldest two children at home by choice. The first at-home birth for Morissette took place when she welcomed her son, Ever, on Christmas Day in 2011. "My husband was at my side the whole time, my total hero," Morissette said during a 2013 interview on the Today Show. "And the rest was really up to God. The experience was beyond pain. "It was a transcendental experience. I just went to this whole other world. I basically had to be the little soldier that I am and really focus on this new beautiful creature coming out of me."

Morissette was once again open and honest about the home-birth process during an interview with People in 2017, nearly 14 months after welcoming her second child, daughter Onyx. "It was terrifying, but then once we heard her, and once she cried [and] I pulled her up and she started breastfeeding, I was just like, 'Ah,'" she recalled. "It gets gnarlier and gnarlier. I think the words Texas Chainsaw Massacre were used when [my midwife and doula] walked in. It's pretty gnarly, but it's not meant to be all clean and perfect. We are animals."

4. Lisa Bonet

Bonet is also a two-time home birther. She welcomed daughter Zoë Kravitz in 1988 at home and did it all again in 2007 when she gave birth to her daughter Lola.

5. Alyson Hannigan

The American Pie actress had her mind set on a home birth after watching Ricki Lake's The Business of Being Born documentary. "I've never liked hospitals. I wanted to be comfortable as possible when I gave birth, and there's no place I'm more comfortable than my own home," Hannigan said during an interview with Woman's Day in 2009. "I wanted a comforting and positive environment; in my opinion, hospitals are for sick people."

Hannigan, who welcomed both daughters Satyana and Keeva, later explained her decision during an interview with Yahoo! Parent in 2015. "For me, the choice [to give birth at home] was phenomenal," she said. "We had a midwife, but we asked our doctor if he needed to be there. He said, 'Sure, but you don't need me. A midwife does everything I do.'"

6. Aija Lise and Andy Grammer

The couple's second daughter, Isreal, was born at their home in April 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. "In the midst of a lot of bad news, Israel has lit up our house with immense joy," the proud parents told Us Weekly. "We are so fortunate to have had a safe and sacred midwife home birth."

7. Ashley Graham

During a discussion on her Pretty Big Deal podcast, the model shared that she gave birth at home because her "anxiety would've been through the roof" if she went through labor and delivery at the hospital.

8. Bekah Martinez

Shortly after welcoming her second child, the Bachelor alum opened up about her decision to give birth at home. "Safe pregnancy and birth is a privilege," she wrote on Instagram. "A home birth with a midwife who is the same color as me is a huge privilege."

9. Jessa Duggar Seewald

Jessa Duggar Seewald has had three home births, but her third was not supposed happen at home. She'd planned to deliver in a hospital but her body had other plans.

"My water broke right here in the kitchen," Jessa explains in a video from TLC. "Our birth plan through this whole pregnancy was that we would deliver at a birthing suite at the hospital with a midwife there. However, the morning that my water broke was the morning that my midwife had left town for a week."

Jessa was about 10 days ahead of her due date and she decided to call another midwife when she realized her third home birth was definitely happening.

10. Kehlani

The singer said giving birth to her daughter at home and unmedicated in 2019 was the "absolute hardest yet most powerful thing" she has ever done.

These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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Wooden rocking pegasus

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Croquet set

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Wooden digital camera

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Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

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Wooden bulldozer toy

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

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Pull-along hippo

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

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Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

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Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

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Meadow ring toss game

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

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