Hilary Duff – who is most famously known for role as Lizzie McGuire in the Disney TV series, Lizzie McGuire – shared an intimate clip of her water birth with fans.
Hilary gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Banks Violet Bair in October 2018. The mother/actress/singer/songwriter/author delivered her daughter via water birth and decided to share the personal video on her Instagram page, just a mere five months after her birth.
In the video (which has 2.7 million views at the time of this writing), her infant baby clearly tries to hug her mama, as if to say, "job well done, mom." It's a beautiful moment between a mother and baby and how wonderful to have it captured on video. Banks' father is an American singer, Matthew Koma. The couple has been together since 2017. Duff also has a 7-year-old son named Luca Cruz Comrie with ex-husband, Mike Comrie – a retired Canadian hockey player.
Hilary took to Instagram to share a very personal moment - the moment after her baby girl was born."I’ve been wondering for a long time if I would ever share this video as it is extremely personal...." she wrote.
Duff also commended her boyfriend, Matthew Koma, who also appears in the video.
"I cannot believe this day was only five months ago."
Proud dad, Koma has also been sharing his fair share of intimate photos of his beautiful family on his Instagram page.
Let's remind the world that Duff isn't the first celebrity to have an at-home birth.Dawson's Creek actor, James Van Der Beek, and his wife delivered their fifth (yes fifth!) child in the comfort of their own bedroom! I guess when you have that many children, you know exactly what to expect.
Van Der Beek also shared an intimate photo of his newborn daughter, Gwendolyn, shortly after she was delivered.
According to US Weekly, several other celebs have opted out of the white, sterile maternity ward at the hospital, to enjoy the comforts of their own home.
via: ShutterstockSinger, Alanis Morissette delivered her son, Ever at home in 2011. She said, "my home is like my little sanctuary."
Actress Alyson Hannigan said, "she never liked hospitals. I wanted to be as comfortable as possible when I gave birth."
via: ShutterstockHannigan has two daughters with her husband, Alexis Denisof.
Model Gisele Bündchen also delivered her son at home in a bathtub.
via: ShutterstockThe model, who is married to Tom Brady, delivered their son in their now former Boston apartment. And she did so au naturel – no epidural for this tough mama!
In 2001, actress Jennifer Connelly and actor husband, Paul Bethany delivered their daughter in their New York City apartment.
via: ShutterstockIt's important to note the actress did say that her birth was "attended by a skilled midwife." There are many things that can go wrong during delivery. Ensuring you have a midwife or doula in attendance is something you definitely want (when giving birth at home), for the safety of both baby and mom.
Former Baywatch babe, Pamela Anderson also had at home, natural births.
via: ShutterstockAccording to US Weekly, Anderson told Larry King Live in 2002 that she delivered her sons via water, with no drugs – "not even Tylenol."
Hippie chick, Mayim Bialik delivered her son at home while her older son sat in his high chair eating granola.
via: ShutterstockThe Big Bang Theory actress blogged about how her son "slithered out" with the help of a midwife.
Supermodel, Cindy Crawford also opted to deliver both her children at home.
via: ShutterstockMakes you wonder if these celebrities know a secret us common folk do not? At-home water births, with no epidural or pain medication? I assume the water helps with the contractions, but I wouldn't know, given that I delivered both of my children by my OB in a hospital.
Former talk show host, Ricki Lake delivered her first son in the hospital and her second son at home.
via: ShutterstockHer home birth was also unmedicated and Lake preferred her second delivery so much that she made a documentary called, The Business of Being Born.
And now, Hilary Duff! Here's the heartwarming video of her daughter's birth:
Apparently, little Banks suffered from colic, as Duff says in the caption of her photo, "thanks for quitting colic - that was a doozy.
Home births are popular amongst celebs, but normal everyday women can also opt to deliver at home.
via: ShutterstockAccording to the American Pregnancy Association, for centuries women gave birth at home. But by the 1900s more women chose to deliver their babies in the hospital.
Many women also want to avoid the risk of tearing (episiotomy) and having an epidural administered.
via: ShutterstockA home birth also allows you to move around more freely and most importantly, you can enjoy the comforts of your own home.
Of course, not all women should have an at home delivery.
via: ShutterstockIf you are having a high-risk pregnancy, have high blood pressure, are diabetic, have preeclampsia, or experienced pre-term labor in the past, then home birth is not recommended.
A qualified midwife does bring supplies with her for the birth.
via: ShutterstockSuch as oxygen for the baby (if required), an IV for the mother if she needs it, and most importantly – medications to stop or slow down hemorrhaging.
An at-home birth does have several benefits, including being cheaper than a hospital delivery.
via: ShutterstockThough most insurance companies cover maternity care, the American Pregnancy Association says that "a vaginal uncomplicated home birth costs 60% less than a hospital birth."
A home birth also allows for a more intimate setting, where mom and baby can have immediate bonding with no interference.
via: ShutterstockYou can also have your older children present and extended family surrounded by you, giving you all the love and support you want and need.
If you are pregnant now and are "on the fence" with regard to how you want to deliver, talk to your OB.
via: ShutterstockIt's also important to have your baby examined by a pediatrician within 24 hours after birth.
You will also want to interview midwives to see what their philosophy is.
via: ShutterstockAnd with anything, it's wise to always have a Plan B. Things can go wrong, you will need to have a plan in place should something go awry.
But remember that women have been delivering babies since the beginning of time.
via: ShutterstockAnd while some women do not second guess getting all the pain medication in the world to ease the delivery, others are determined to deliver drug-free.
And if you follow in the latter and want to have a more private affair, then you too could have an easy birth at home, just like Hilary Duff and the other celebs mentioned in this article.
via: ShutterstockRegardless of how you choose to deliver your baby, the reward is worth all the effort.