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Which of the stars gave birth at home?

Plus-size model Ashley Graham, who recently gave birth, said in an interview that she gave birth to her son at home and was pleased with the experience. The home birth was attended by a midwife and a doula (an assistant responsible for the psychological mood of the woman in labor), who hurried to the star client as soon as she started having contractions. According to Graham, if she had given birth in the hospital, she would have been much more worried. Like, at home she could even adjust the brightness of the lighting (apparently, Ashley is frightened by bright artificial light), stay longer in bed. And then move to the pool, where her son was born.

From Russian stars, Irena Ponaroshka and Elena Podkaminskaya spoke about the experience of home birth. The star of the series “IP Pirogova” has two daughters, she gave birth to the youngest Eva at home – in an inflatable pool. In an interview with Regina Todorenko, the actress recalled this experience with laughter, although in the process there was no time for it.

“At some point, I felt so good, and then Eve – ding. At that moment, I was holding my husband, and he was holding me. And it turned out that in the process I bit through the pool! In a word, it was all very romantic! They gave me Eva, there was a flood in the apartment, and my husband cleans everything with a basin and a mop. I like it!” – Elena shared, emphasizing that she does not encourage anyone to give birth at home. This is a purely personal and voluntary matter.

Dislike of doctors and hospital walls

Many people want to give birth at home, because the very sight of the hospital walls causes rejection in them. Some for religious reasons. Someone responds to the negative experience of the first birth in the maternity hospital. Too inattentive staff, fear of an episiotomy (an incision in the perineum during childbirth), the threat of squeezing out a child, a caesarean section (although they have no right to do it without your permission. Except in life-threatening cases, which is logical) and so on.

Irena Ponaroshka gave birth to both sons at home in the bath. I tried to go to the antenatal clinic to a minimum and was sure that I would give birth at home without any complications. In the company of a midwife who was advised by friends who used her services. “Until the very ninth month, I doubted where to give birth. Until they took me on an excursion to the roadblock of a very good maternity hospital. And there – for some reason – glass partitions between the blocks, someone is sitting on a ball, some woman is being darned, and she is squealing, white tiles are all around, the clanging of medical instruments, tired nurses … And I did not want my child to be born in such a place. She gave birth at home in the bath, without anesthesia, ”Ponaroshka told

What can go wrong?

Recall that private obstetric practice is prohibited in Russia, so not a single doctor will undertake to provide obstetric services at home. We can only talk about midwives and doulas, who in which case do not bear any legal and criminal liability. There are cases when such midwives do not even have a medical education. Such news periodically flashes in the news feed.

During the preparation of the material, it was not possible to find a single doctor who would speak positively about home birth. Vice versa. Everyone is trying to warn the woman in labor about the possible consequences. What can go wrong?

  • If the baby is in a transverse position and no longer has enough oxygen, or the fetus is too large, an episiotomy will be needed. A doula will definitely not perform this operation.

  • Slowing down contractions, fetal hypoxia (lack of oxygen and, as a result, slowing of the heartbeat).

  • Premature discharge of water and prolapse of the umbilical cord.

  • Uterine rupture, placental abruption or accreta, postpartum hemorrhage

  • In the event of uterine bleeding, it must be stopped as soon as possible. No ambulance will have time to get to your house during this time for objective reasons. And paid as well.

  • Caesarean section, the need for which may arise urgently, during childbirth, cannot be carried out at home.

  • In case of pathology, the newborn will need resuscitation measures, which, by definition, cannot be provided at home.

Very often, women choosing home births assure that they have excellent tests and ultrasound results, so nothing bad should objectively happen. However, doctors do not get tired of reminding that everything can go, to put it mildly, not according to your scenario.

“Childbirth is always a physical and psychological stress for mother and child. Tests can be great, but things can go wrong along the way. I do not share the peculiar fashion for home births. Propagandists, let’s call them that, say that before everyone, they say, gave birth at home, because the walls help there. But then let’s remember the statistics of maternal and child mortality in childbirth. The numbers are not comparable to today’s.

They also like to cite Holland and England as an example, since home births are not uncommon there. But again, we will not compare the sizes of the same Amsterdam and Moscow. And in England, you can give birth at home, informing the staff of the nearest hospital. If something goes wrong, the team will be at the house of the woman in labor within two minutes – and everyone will let the car with doctors through, as the British are very law-abiding. We have different realities, a different healthcare system and, believe me, it has many more advantages.

Colleagues talked about a recent case when a woman gave birth with a midwife at home, and when something went wrong and relatives called an ambulance, the assistant simply disappeared. The mother was rushed to the nearest hospital, but the baby could not be saved. And we all hear similar stories from time to time. Is it worth the risk?”

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