Thandie Newton Had Son Booker on the Bathroom Floor

05/22/2014 at 07:30 PM ET

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Thandie Newton‘s son Booker Jombe is one lucky man: The 11-week-old has a trio of ladies doting on him day and night.

“I think he thinks he’s got three mommies,” the Rogue star joked on the TODAY show Thursday. “He’s got a 13-year-old, a 9-year-old and a … 27-year-old.”

Newton is actually 41, but she did get the ages of daughters Nico and Ripley right. The proud mama had all three children with a midwife at home, noting on TODAY that her boy was born “on the bathroom floor.”

“I’d never been in hospital as a child or as an adult really, and I just associated hospital with being ill,” she explained of her decision. “And I felt beautiful and healthy and wonderful when I was pregnant, and being at home was the place I felt most relaxed and comfortable.”

The actress is a huge proponent of home births, Tweeting “Keep independent midwifery alive!” when she announced baby Booker’s arrival.

“There was a time when everyone had their babies at home. It wasn’t such a big deal,” she said Thursday. “It’s more about as a woman what do you feel most comfortable doing, and you make the choice, and I chose to be at home.”

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Nicole on

That is all well and good, but when something goes wrong your baby is without the proper life resuscitation measures that he/she needs. Not necessarily the safest decision in my opinion. Women used to birth babies at home all of the time, but there was also a much higher mother and infant mortality rate back then.

L on

And sometimes it doesn’t matter where YOU feel most comfortable. It is more important what is best for the baby.

Lynn on

Glad it worked out for her, but she is really uninformed!!!! Or maybe selfish! My pregnancy was wonderful, too, but during labor my baby’s heart rate dropped several times and I had to have an emergency c-section. Turns out the cord was in a knot and my baby was not getting proper amounts of oxygen. Luckily he didn’t have any brain damage due, but I would hate to think what would have happened if I was not in a hospital in this emergency situation.

KellyGreen on

My son was born 6.5 weeks early. I had a wonderful NICU team waiting in the room as I delivered him. Truly, to each their own, but I would never deliver at home.

Kat on

There’s pros and cons to all options, and it seems those who have already commented may not be aware that midwives are in fact licensed healthcare practitioners who are more than capable of recognising when there is a problem and when transfer to a hospital is necessary. Unfortunately, it is a fact that mothers and babies do still die in hospitals. Try to remain open-minded and not so judgemental.

Penelope on

Good for her for making the birthing plan that was right for her and her baby’s health status. Complications can happen in the hospital or at home. There are no guarantees when it comes to childbirth. As long as you are having a healthy low risk pregnancy, there is no reason why a person couldn’t explore home birthing with a qualified midwife.

KeepingItClassy on

I hope she paid her cleaning person extra for cleaning that bathroom floor.

Mom of 3 girls on

That’s fine for you but don’t tell anyone how to have children!!! I had complications with all 3 of my daughters and if not for the hospital and doctors we might not be here. Women make your own choices but don’t let anyone else sway your decisions!!

marge samuelson on

It’s possible in many hospitals to have a midwife deliver. In case something goes wrong you have the best of both worlds. A friend of mine’s grandchild born at home, had problems, by the time they got to the hospital it was too late. Midwives are great but be careful which one you choose and how close to a hospital you are.

April on

She is beautiful!

Informed mom of 3 on

Actually, if you research this topic, you’ll find that the US has the highest infant/maternal morality of all 1st world countries when it comes to childbirth. This is due to the fact that hospitals are too quick to use pitocin and to suggest c-sections when the labor doesn’t move, in their opinion, quickly enough. In countries where he births and birthing center deliveries are the norm, the morality rates are much lower. Hospitals are also teeming with germs and drs tend to do frequent dilation checks, which increases the chance of germs entering the birth canal. That being said, I had my three babies in the hospital because it was what I was most comfortable with. As Thandie stated, its up to each mother’s preference. She didnt put down hospitals, just said that they make HER very uncomfortable due to past experiences. Don’t knock others for their birthing choices before doing the research.

fitjamericangirl on

And let the mommy wars begin!!! Women are so judgmental of each other when it comes to child birth and parenting it’s ridiculous. “Well I certainly would never deliver at home”. “Well I would never deliver in a hospital, that’s for sick people”. “I would never have a csection”. “I would never have an epidural”. “Why would anyone give birth Without meds? What is this, the Stone Age?” Come off it ladies. It’s a personal choice for a reason.

Em on

The flaw in her thinking about this is that the mortality rate for women during labor was inordinately higher. It was about 65 times higher in 1900 as compared to this decade. I’m not saying that midwives aren’t a wonderful contribution to obstetrics, but that there are certain emergencies and complications that present themselves. What if an emergency transfusion was needed, for example? You can’t just tout one practice as being better than the other, there is always a counterbalance.

Anonymous on

Those of you who are speaking ill of home birthing are obviously very uneducated.

Do a little research on the subject before you give your ignorant opinions.

Mindy on

My 2nd child was born on the bathroom floor too. It was a planned home birth. Planned home births with proper prenatal care don’t have higher rate of bad outcomes.

E. on

Pregnancy and Childbirth are not an illness. The people that judge her choice for a medically assisted home birth are the ignorant ones. She made an informed decision and made the right choice for she and her family.
More women should read more and talk less.

Ivy on

“It’s more about as a woman what do you feel most comfortable doing, and you make the choice, and I chose to be at home.”

She’s pretty much saying to each their own. Why is everyone assuming she’s forcing homebirths on every woman. Sheesh.

Jen DC on

1. You and your infant can, unfortunately, die in hospital as well. Yes, you are closer to life-saving equipment and procedures, but let’s not pretend in-hospital interventions have a 100% success rate.

2. She never speaks negatively of the hospital. She said her association with hospitals has been that they are places for sick people. That’s my association as well and I haven’t been in the hospital for . . . Yeah, years. Many years. I don’t think it’s a bad place, per se, but knowing what I know about the transmission of disease and the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria, if I don’t have to go, I don’t. I don’t see why she should be vilified for that. How ignorant do you feel that you missed her entire point, Sara?
3. She obviously had medical advice, and that medical advice did not indicate she or her baby were in danger. After that, it does become about her comfort, L.
4. No one is telling you how to have your children, Mom of 3 Girls. The quote literally says, “You make the choice. I chose. . .” Dear LORD.
5. She’s talking about what worked for her and, since she’s an individual person and not a spokewoman for a hospital, nor a doctor, nor in the medical field AT ALL, why does SHE specifically need to present a “balanced” view? Why can’t women take responsibility for themselves and get the information they require to make their best decisions? Do you take the advice of actresses for all your life choices, Em?

You guys also realize this took place in the UK, where the practice of midwifery and their relationship to hospitals and doctors is VASTLY different than it is here, right? Here – as you guys so amply prove – there’s an antagonism toward midwifery, a certain level of (sadly ignorant) fear that just doesn’t exist in other cultures. The UK government actually PROMOTES home births because they recognize that, statistically, it really is A-OK in most cases.

Their Board of Medicine actually works *with* midwives – which doesn’t happen here – and that improves maternal safety in these situations. I mean… I just googled this in the last 10 minutes.

Tess on

She and her baby are very fortunate all went well!

Taylor on

Whatever she wants, but I was happy with my epi and my baby boy (who was born late pre-term) being born in a hospital, where if anything went wrong, he would have been ok. . .or at least better than at home.

Lisa on

So… Technology has also come a long way since the 1900’s when infant mortality rate was super high too- midwives now.. Humans now.. Have a better idea of what can go wrong and is likely to happen before it happens. To each their own. I deliver in hospital… With a midwife.

Lily on

Studies have shown there is no difference in mom/babe safety/mortality rates between a midwifery home births & hospital births in LOW RISK pregnancies. Good for her. Everyone should birth where they feel most comfortable, whether it be at home, in a birthing centre or at a hospital.

Jen DC on

1. This happened in the UK, where the relationship between midwives and doctors and hospitals is not nearly so adversarial as it is here.

2. The UK government actually promotes home births.

3. Their answer to the OBGYN section of the AMA actually provides guidelines and works with their nationally-licensed midwives to set the standards.

To Nicole: Things go wrong in hospital; mothers and babies die there, too.
To Sara: She never speaks negatively of the hospital. She says, in her experience, it’s a place for sick people, and pregnancy is not an illness.
To L: Do you really think she placed her comfort over her unborn child’s well-being? REALLY? She just went into a homebirth, willy-nilly, no advice, no nothing? I’m glad you know the innermost workings of her private life and mind to be able to make such a determination.
To Mom of 3 Girls: Where does she tell you how to have your baby? Point it out to me; I must’ve missed that part between the quote where she says you should make the best choice for you, and her choice was a homebirth.
To Em: Do you think the higher death rate in the 1900s as compared to now might have something to do with the fact that we are just more advanced scientifically? That is, we simply know that much more about labor and delivery, and how to go about assisting them safely, than 114.5 years ago? I don’t know, but I’m willing to guess that’s a large part of it.

Lauren on

These stories always bring out the home birthing sancti-mommies. Nice to see you ladies take a break from your anti-vaxx crusading to grace us with your presence.

Anonymous on

Sara– to say someone is ignorant for wanting to have their baby at home is just rude. Me, my brother, and my nephew were all born at home via midwife and I hope to be able to have my babies at home. The midwives are extremely knowledgable and will only perform home births on patients who have low risk pregnancies and they are constantly monitoring the fetal heart rate so they can know if something happens and the mother needs to be transported to the hospital. If you think having a baby in the hospital is the only safe way to have a baby then you are the ignorant one, so many things go wrong with C-sections, epidurals, and hospital births all the time.

Kelle on

Not judging her … But I’m surprised her obgyn let her deliver at home. Wouldn’t she have been considered high risk, because of her “advanced maternal age”? (medical term – not my opinion)

In any case, I’m happy both she & the babe are okay.

aimee on

I had a low risk pregnancy and my child was intubated 5 mins after birth. Not early…just that 10% chance at 37weeks his lungs were not developed…just happened no other reason. Not safe not smart to birth at home. A midwife is not capable of handling that situation. An EMT outside your door would not be enough…or a phone call to someone. How about bleeding??? The medical field has work so hard to prevent things, why go back? ‘There was a time..’ where childbirth death for the mother was very common…they were scared to give birth!!!

Andrea on

That was also a time when a lot of moms and babies died. I think it’s a personal choice, but it’s definitely not for me. I was witness to a home birth gone wrong as I was leaving the hospital with my twins. I will never forget the woman being rushed in by her midwife with her baby in her arms under a sheet and blood all over the sheet and the mom screaming “oh my God oh my God”. That sealed the deal for me.

Anna Cleverley on

You know what? I spent hours upon hours of ACTUAL research (in medical journals) into where the best place to deliver my baby was (at home). How many of you can say the same? Or did you blindly follow whatever the doctor told you or what your friends/magazine/website told you? or, as many you have already stated had a “bad experience” at the hospital and would have died at home?? Well guess what, statistics do NOT back you up on your assertion that being at a hospital is safer (at least not in Canada – where I’m from).
And NO I am not a hippie and I definitely do vaccinate my child (again, I did actual research). I’m sorry, but I get so tired of people judging others for something that they really know nothing about.

NICUNurse on

As a NICU nurse, I see home births gone bad all the time. Unfortunately, many of these cases don’t end well. Healthy pregnancies and babies in utero doesn’t mean everything will be fine and dandy during the birth when the baby is put through a ton of stress and insults. I would rather be safe than sorry.

Anna Cleverley on

Can somebody please point to me where I can find a current scientific article (from Canada or UK – where homebirths are much safer than the US – which, by the way, is the ONLY developed country that continuously sees an increase of maternal mortality rates – even with all that “technology” ) that says home births are more dangerous than hospital births?? I’d like to know, because every study I have looked at says the opposite. And since I know all of you women judging Thandie’s choices MUST be so well educated, and have done actual research into the safety of homebirths, I will await your results…

MJ on

She has had 3 babies at home, I’m sure proper precautions are made in case something goes wrong. The midwife is skilled and always in close contact with a Doctor (hospital), in case of emergency.

canadasue on

I had two c-sections. One an emergency as my baby was in distress after a very long labor, the second because she was a double footling breech. If I hadn’t been in the hospital neither baby nor I would be alive. I am so thankful for the wonderful hospital and skilled doctors who helped me deliver two healthy babies.

mc on

Well happy for her children’s sakes they were all safe delivers and for anyone else who chooses to have a home birth. But it’s a lot easier to share those stories when the delivers went ok.

I know several people who were not high risk, relatively easy pregnancies, that ended up needing emergency C sections. One was such an emergency that my friend needed to go under general because she had just gotten to the hospital, so no epidural in her and no time because they lost the baby’s heartbeat. If she had chosen a home birth she wouldn’t have her daughter and would instead have a heartbreaking story of what can go wrong when the lifesaving tools of a hospital are not within a minute’s reach.

Things can go very wrong very fast. It’s not a risk I could imagine taking when it’s your baby’s life at stake.

RY on

magnolia11 on

I had a low risk, normal, boring pregnancy. I, too, delivered at home with competent midwives. After the normal, easy birth of my second child, I began to bleed and it would not stop. I lost my uterus and my ability to have more children…because I chose homebirth. Because “5 minutes from the hospital” is untrue.

k on

My grandson had himself wrapped up in his cord. Neck, stomach, all wrapped. His heart rate went down. My daughter had to have an emergency c-section. What would have happened if she was with a midwife!?? He wouldnt have gotten to the hospital for 45 min. He might not have made it! These women are NUTS. Dont risk the health of you or your newborn!!!

Nancy on

I came very close to having a stroke after delivering my first child. My blood pressure sky rocketed very quickly. There was not even enough time to wheel me to ICU. My blood pressure was normal during delivery. It came on very suddenly. Had I been at home I could have died or had a stroke.

ramona on

I don’t need to be “educated” to read the horror stories of selfish women who think of themselves before their children. You are not guaranteed a smooth birth. It is a major trauma on the body, natural or not, and a multitude of things can kill you or your child in this “natural act”. Blood pressures can go haywire, bleeding, heart rates can go down, cords are frequently wrapped around necks, etc. All the life saving machines and dozens of professionals ready to save your baby at a moments notice. Why would you risk it? There is not an educated answer that will satisfy me. You are a parent so think like one. Protect your child from harm!!

Dawn on

She’s not ignorant by any means. Merely stating a preference, does your unnecessary name calling (opinion) make you ignorant?!

Hea on

Calm down. Thandie is not telling you how to birth your children. She’s telling us about how she birthed her children and why she chose that for herself. I am willing to bet she was properly monitored during her pregnancies and if there were any worries, she would have given birth in a hospital. Perhaps she even lives within reasonable distance to a hospital.

Yes, complications can occur but just take a second and think about how many SUCCESSFUL births there have been with a midwife around our world for thousands and thousands of years.

Hea on

I live in a country where most babies are born in hospital but with the assistance of one or two midwives. The OB-GYN only comes in if there’s a problem. I think most people in, for example, the States (based on what I’ve read on here) would find that unsafe. The thing is, Sweden is one of the absolute safest countries in the world to give birth in for both mother and child.

From what I’ve been able to tell from my research, maternal death have increased in the States over the last 25 years. C-section rates are increasing also… Same seem to go for the UK. You can’t compare a planned home birth with a birth in a cave 2000 years ago. Or a birth at home 200 years ago.

Anonymous on

magnolia11- That could have just as easily happened to you at the hospital.

Ivy- Exactly!

Kelle- It says right in the article that she used a midwife, not an obgyn. Also, keep in mind that she lives in the UK. Their guidelines for labor and delivery in a geriatric pregnancy are probably a bit different than ours. 🙂

nvsue- Not necessarily! Midwives monitor the baby very closely, as others have said. So they know when a baby is in distress and transfer to a hospital is needed (and obviously homebirth should only be attempted when the nearest hospital is no more than a few minutes away!).

And it’s possible for some breech babies to be safely delivered vaginally (the reason more aren’t is because, sadly, most doctors are no longer trained to do so. Midwives, thankfully, are a different story!). My mother (who was double-footling breech, just like your child) is living proof of that! 🙂

Mandy on

I would never want to do a home birth,b ut that’s just me. Every woman has a right to make her own decision. My grea-grandmother had all of her children at home because back then, there wasn’t a hospital close by & they couldn’t have afforded to go to one anyway. She always said if she could have went to one for all 9 of her deliveries, she would have.

_Kristine on

A friend of mine has 4 children. Three were born at home (under the care of a midwife), the fourth was born by C-section at a hospital. The midwife decided the baby was in distress during an exam, and my friend was sent to the hospital to get the baby out.

Women who birth at home with responsible care providers DO have a plan for if things go wrong prior to, or during, labor and delivery. Just like women who birth in a hospital with responsible care providers.

CF on

So interesting this debate–I love reading all these comments because the thing actually is, there is still room for debate on this issue. Women used to deliver at home (and still do in many parts of the world including Zambia where I live), but mortality rates for mom and baby were/are much higher. So Thandie saying “its fine, people have always done it” is NOT true. If it is fine, it is because even those delivering at home are under the care of a highly-skilled provider trained to deal with complications.

The issue comes in when you look at those complications. Many of them can be identified before or during labor and the mom can be transferred to the hospital if necessary. Many can actually be handled just fine by the midwife at home (even post-partum hemmorhage–the first line treatment is Pitocin or Cytex and that can be given at home). But then, every now and again, there is a massive, emergency situation that can’t be dealt with at home. Do minutes matter? Possibly. Would you rather be in the hospital if something like a uterine rupture or other extreme complication arose? Probably.

But on the flip side, actually delivering IN a hospital means there is a higher likelihood of things going wrong, as it is documented over and over again that the rate of assisted birth (by one intervention or another) is far higher than it probably should be. Csections, for example, are at 30%, WHO estimates that only 10-15% of pregnancies have complications requiring csection. So that means, definitely, more women get c-sections than truly need them. And c-sections have lots more risks to the mom as they are major surgery.

So there we are. There are still risks associated with childbirth. Things can go wrong. And they may actually go LESS wrong at home. But if they go REALLY wrong, you probably want to be in a hospital. For me, you have to weigh all the options and calculate the risk YOU want to take.

for the record–my first was a natural birth center birth that ended in terrible PPH that was managed at the birth center. Second, i was terrified of something going wrong again, so it was in a hospital. Everything DID go wrong and I was glad I was there, although if I had been at home, even with a massive PPH, I could have gotten to the hospital in time. Just would have been separated from my baby who was fine.

Food for thought…

dukegirl1992 on

Midwives have been around for centuries. Obstetrics is about 200 years old. She said right in the article that she is grateful to have the choice and throughout she expressed her own views. She was never judgemental, unlike many of you here. I applaud her decision as a pregnant mom who will deliver in a hospital as well as a nurse who worked in OB for 11 years. Many of the complications we see are a direct result of interventions performed in hospitals. What you need to take away from this is: to each her own. No one is guaranteed a good outcome. Good for you Than die! I’m also surprised at the lack of comments about her age. I’m 41 as well and have read my fair share about women in their late 30’s and into their 40’s being too old.

Mina on

Hey Kat, show me how to not be judgemental since you hand slapped in your comment. Fact of the matter is that you could waste precious time waiting for an ambulance when something goes wrong. I wouldn’t take that chance with my precious children. A lot of hospitals have birthing centers which feel like home and allow you to leave but have all the necessary equipment for an emergency. Too each their own. I just happen to value a baby more than my comfort.

grandma on

My sister started hemorrhaging almost immediately after the birth of my nephew. She needed 3 blood transfusions. Her pregnancy and delivery were uneventful…until a few minutes after he was born. It is just playing with fire and crossing your fingers when you put your life and the life of your child at risk by delivering at home. Sure, most times it will be fine. But why in heck are you taking that risk? Again, only in the 1st world where we are beyond privileged in our ignorance would anyone put themselves on a high horse for purposefully making a risky decision.

Mom of 3 girls on

To Jen dc I could care less where anyone decides to have there children that is a parents decision. (maybe you should read my first post again) I guess you didn’t read the part where she said keep midwifery alive and posted it to twitter . I’m just glad to be here healthy and safe with my 3 children !! Not everyone lives in a suburb close to a hospital I’m 60 miles from where I delivered my children none of us would be here had I been at home !!! Like I said in my first post it’s a woman’s choice myself because of the previous complications I’ve had and the distance from a hospital I choose the hospital

Amy on

The piece makes Ms. Newton sound a squitch sanctimonious about her home births. Depending on whether you’re talking about Certified Nurse Midwives or Lay Midwives, training and credentials definitely differ. Prospective parents need to make the choices that work best for them, understanding the potential consequences of those choices. For me, that was a hospital birth with a CNM, because if things go bad every second counts and I wanted to be close to everything a hospital had to offer. But I have lots of friends who’ve had home births that worked out just fine, and they were totally comfortable having their babies there. The trick in delivering info about birth decisions is not de-valuing others’ choices when touting the virtues of your own.

magnolia11 on

“magnolia11- That could have just as easily happened to you at the hospital.”

Yes, I could have suffered a massive hemorrhage in the hospital, and not lost my uterus. But because it happened at home and not in a hospital, I did. Time is everything and when you need a surgeon, you shouldn’t be bleeding out at home.

Andrea on

Midwives deliver babies in hospitals too. I had both my kids using midwives in a hospital setting. It was an all natural, beautiful experience both times. I would never have a baby at home. Let’s not forget how drastically we’ve reduced maternal/infant mortality in the last century.

So We Are Strong on

sara, I don’t see where she spoke negatively about hospitals. She just stated that she prefers to have her babies at home. No need to insult her or her choice.

L on

Mom of 3 girls, she didn’t tell anyone what to do. Any issues you have are on you. She didn’t say anything offensive or rude towards those who choose a hospital birth. I don’t understand why people get so upset, we’re all doing the best we can.

Anonymous on

Congrats to her. Ladies, take a moment and relax. If home birth is for you, then do it. If it’s not for you, then don’t do it. Why invest so much emotion in bashing the choice that is different from the one you would make?

pamelareads on

No matter what a woman chooses, other women always rip on her and tell her she’s wrong, stupid, incompetent – etc. Thandie hit it on the head when she said it’s each woman’s choice for herself. Imagine a world where we celebrated with each other instead of criticizing. I had my children with a midwife in a hospital and had family members angry with me for not choosing a doctor. Give me a break.

ML on

I have been asked by my grandmother who is 98 to write this: “Back in my day we delivered at home because we didn’t have a choice. If we were lucky, we had a midwife, if not, it was a neighbor(s), friend(s), and/or family member(s). It was always a fearful time. I know of so many who lost their babies, some who lost their lives, sometimes both. I worried constantly before giving birth to my nine children. What would happen to them if I died? Their father? My family? I myself eventually became a nurse. As medically supervised birthing progressed, things did improve but it was slow. A woman’s suffering in childbirth was expected and not always respected. The same held true for the many lives lost in the process. As well as those who suffered consequences for the remainder of their lives, both mother and child. As medicine progressed, more hospitals were established, and births in them became commonplace. You stayed no less than one week, usually two weeks. You could rest and recover. I see both sides of this issue as I have lived both sides and witnessed and assisted as well. However, do not use what we old timers had to do – delivering at home – as an argument for doing so. We did it because we had no choice. If you asked those dear women who have gone before us, what they would have done if they had a choice, most would want professionals in an environment where help was immediately at hand. It was a topic we would all talk about often so I know. It is a personal matter and one that must be thought through carefully. Whatever your choice, do not belittle that of another’s nor be influenced. It is complete rubbish that you are more or less of a woman whatever your choice is. Be prepared for the consequence of your choice. Most of all be grateful that you have one.”

Lolah on

The US didn’t once have a high morality rate, the US STILL has a high morality rate for moms and babies, with some areas in this country comparable to a third world country. So this idea that hospitals are the one and only place to give birth is ridiculous. Thanks to HMOs and insurance companies, women are going home WAY TOO EARLY after giving birth. Women should probably spend a week or so in the hospital because way too many complications can happen after giving birth. Many women are going home early and dying days after giving birth.

I mean we’re even giving birth wrong. Our bodies still represent our animal ancestry in regards to the shape and angle of the vagina. The best position to give birth is on all fours in a semi squatting position. Gravity and the angle of the vagina help ease the baby out better if you go on all fours.

For some women, a doula and a midwife at home is important. For some women, being in the hospital is important. There are water births, drug free births, epidurals, etc…

The whole point is educating yourself on what you believe is best for you and your baby.

Stop birth shaming women. Especially considering that IMO when it comes to pregnancy and giving birth, the science community is still learning.

R on

Mortality rates in the us are one of the highest in the world for childbirth. Most other countries still use midwives for birth and have lower mortality rates. Midwifery practices in the us have lower mortality rates than hospitals do and most women now a days end up with c sections in the us because obgyns do not know how to get a woman through an un medicated birth. I used a midwife and had an unmedicated hospital birth and it turned out great. Ultimately it’s up to each individual what they want and women shouldn’t be so judgmental about another person’s decision.

Molly on

Hmm. So if less than 2% of women are having their babies at home here in MN that makes 98% of the adverse outcomes are happening in the hospital. Wow, that’s safe. Mortality rate was higher in the 1900 because of OBs not homebrith. OB’s paternalistically determined (just by their opinion) they know how women should birth, they spread infection because heck she’s just a woman having a baby therefore not worthy of asepsis hands or instruments. Yeah, then let’s cut her wide open to get this baby out quickly because OBs didn’t want to wait and then add in that husband stitch – because, dang, all men deserve that. Twilight sleep in 1950s and pulling the baby out with forceps and now a vacuum – remember an OBs family is waiting for them and how dare she make them wait. She didn’t remember having the baby and subsequent disconnect that occurs. TYING WOMEN DOWN BECAUSE RIGHT THEY NEED TO BE CONTROLLED. Have your baby in the hospital and is Jim Gaffigan says: wear the gown that someone died in yesterday.

^ on

Midwifes that are licensed are perfectly capable to attend a home birth and recognize when transfer to a hospital is necessary. However, even with a wonderful, completely normal pregnancy, complications can arise during or immediately following delivery. Transferring a mother to a hospital would be initiated, but it might not save the baby or the mother’s life. A woman might hemorrhage just after birth for example, and although the midwife has medications that can help, sometimes they don’t work and bleeding is fast and profuse. Why risk it? Find a birth center located in a hospital…..or risk your life and your precious baby. There’s a new study that was just released about the increased rate of deaths from home births.

Tamarin on

After having what I felt was a terrible experience in the hospital the first time that could have harmed both my daughter and myself for no good reason, I had my second birth at home. MASSIVE DIFFERENCE. I recovered much more quickly, my baby was alert, no postpartum crying, breastfeeding was a breeze. Hospitals are for high risk cases and transfers; that’s what they’re good at and that’s what it should. But there is a huge misconception about how things can go wrong within seconds. A highly trained midwife can see problems coming LONG before it gets anywhere near critical and arranges for the transfer. This is just one of those things where I truly, truly believe if people had all the real, scientific, unbiased information in front of them, they’d see the light. But they have people with money and power whispering in their ears that it’s “dangerous” and this and that, “trust me, I know better than you!”

Lorraine on

What is People Magazine reporting? Thandie Newton is a wannabe pioneer woman? When in actuality she is a privileged one percenter who could afford to rent out a wing of a hospital – and hospitals are the place where births can be best accomodated – health wise. At home – you run risks too far and wide to be noted here. But Thandie Newton thinks highly of her bathroom floor, alrighty. Nothing more to be learned from this piece – except ONE PERCENTER elitists sure run the gamete of arrogance. Case in point – Thandie Newton.

Nit on

The midwife is very skillful for her to deliver her babies at home, so she is comfortable to deliver at home instead of hospital.

Jen DC on

@Mom of 3 Girls: Obviously you *do* care where others choose to have their babies, since you’re posting at length about the subject. Hard to disprove a positive…

Secondly, the fact that she said “keep midwifery alive” is not a commandment to all to have their babies utilizing the services of midwives. Or do you take all such exclamatory statements as commandments? How about this one: “Slap yourself!” Did you do it?

Finally, those are your specific circumstances that have literally no bearing on anyone else’s circumstances. Rather obviously, being 60 miles out, the more cogent decision for you would be to be in hospital. But for you to sit there and say that, because of your specific circumstances, the dangers of all home births dictate that the safest thing for everyone is to be in hospital for births is ridiculous.

Logic is not your strong suit.

Stephanie on

We are number 60 for maternal death rate, in or out of hospitals, having a baby in the US is dangerous business.

Jessoe on

My baby was born at the hospital (thank God) not breathing due to blood in the lungs from a “natural” birth. Had we been at home there would never be enough time to have saved her even calling 911. People always think everything will be just perfect but there IS a reason why women went from pushing out babies at home to a hospital. Thank goodness there were doctors there and proper equipment & medication to get her breathing and although she’s had some lung problems overall healthy. Oh and I had “proper prenatal care” and not a C Section.

gadget on

Guys, it’s not third world country we are talking about. If something went wrong, an ambulance would have been at her door in minutes. Midwives are highly trained professionals, and they know when to call a doctor, and what’s more, they would not allow a home birth for someone who is not in perfect health during pregnancy. Besides, Ms. Newton is not bashing hospital births, she just says home birth was best for her.

Grandma on

And one reason the US has a high death rate…fertility treatments that make multiple births and advanced maternal age commonplace – both of these two factors, particularly when combined, lead to more complicated deliveries.

Bea on

Go girl! I’m planning for our second home birth in just a few weeks. The funny thing about people saying you are uninformed or ignorant is that most mamas who birth at home do much more research & take the responsibility of carrying & birthing a child very seriously. Of course there can be complications, but a lot of those said complications are unfortunately caused by unnecessary medical interventions these days. Good thing most of us home birthing mamas are not concerned or offended by the negativity from others. We’re confident & proud of what we are doing for ourselves & these babies!

lola on

All that work and she named the kid Booker?!! Hospital or home birth, who cares. We each have our own experiences and I love to read all of then. Neither is better. Good for her, good for you.

pinkrockstar on

Jen DC, it seems your trying to write a term paper about birthing lol you have all your sections written out 1,2,3 … And you’re trying to correct several people on this thread. You seem very anal & annoying! No one is going to fully agree with where we should birth our babies anyway!

Mya on

Hurrah for Homebirth!
My son was born on my bedroom floor and the one I am expecting now I hope to birth here at home as well.
To the first commenter, Midwives are equipped to handle emergencies. My son was born not breathing but within moments she had him on oxygen and he was fine. My friend had her baby in hospital and he was not breathing either. The difference was hers spent a few days in NICU and she didn’t get to hold him right away. Mine was in my arms the entire time and in bed with me within the hour.

Homebirth all the way

Ava on

Glad there were no issues. However her comment, “It wasn’t such a big deal” is way off. Prior to modern medicine there was a very high mortality rate for both both mamma and baby. Read your history! It was a huge deal. Childbirth was very dangerous and is still be very dangerous. Hospitals do not provide 100% success rates but they do offer better immediate and long term care in case something does go wrong. I can think of at least 5 women off the top of my head who had serious issues where a home birth and midwife would not have been equipped to act quickly enough. The baby and/or mamma would be dead. Very scary.

jessiemaystorm on

Nowhere in this article does she say every woman should have a home birth or condemn hospitals as being useless or lesser places to give birth. She is sharing her opinion and experience, and explicitly says every woman should make her own choice. Calm down; your child’s birth is still just as valid and important.

Sara on

She is one of the most flawlessly, naturally beautiful women I’ve ever seen.

Anonymous on

actually it’s more about having a healthy mom and healthy baby

Guest on

Good for Thandie all her children are healthy not born at hospital.

Tanya on

It isn’t “a big deal” until there’s a life-threatening complication, which can occur at any time during labor. Then it’s a very big deal! That’s when you want to be in a hospital. It could save your baby’s life, or your own. Old cemeteries are full of the graves of young mothers and their babies. I’ll take a hospital, thank you.

Nadia on

For those who are pro midwives I support you and think it is positive and I am becoming a nurse and work in health care. Hospitals can be very dangerous. I had my son at a hospital and will go the route of home birth next time around. People should watch the business of being born.