Homebirthing celebrities

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Former talk show host Ricki Lake has been getting a lot of attention for her new documentary, The Business of Being Born, a project that grew out of her own homebirth experience. However, she's not the only one in Hollywood opting to go natural. While Christina Aguilera may have signed up for an elective Caesarean, plenty of her comrades have chosen midwives and water tubs over spinals and stitches.

Charlotte Church had daughter Ruby at home last fall in the UK, attended by midwives. Lisa Bonet (who now uses the first name Lilakoi) had her second daughter, Lola, at home as well. Eco-conscious actress and model Josie Maran claims that she gave birth to daughter Rumi in her backyard. Other homebirthing celebrity moms include AJ Langer, Joely Fisher, Pamela Anderson, Kelly Preston, Julianne Moore, Cindy Crawford, and Ani Di Franco.

Perhaps the most humorous commentary on the advantages of homebirthing came from singer Dave Matthews, who, with his wife Ashley, welcomed son August Oliver last summer: "We had him at home, which was nice, because I knew where the beer was."

The increased press for homebirthing has not gone unnoticed by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Last month, they reiterated a long-standing opposition to homebirthing. Their statement reads, in part, "Childbirth decisions should not be dictated or influenced by what's fashionable, trendy, or the latest cause célèbre. Despite the rosy picture painted by home birth advocates, a seemingly normal labor and delivery can quickly become life-threatening for both the mother and baby."

What do you think? Has homebirthing become trendy? Do you see the increased attention from celebrity homebirths influencing parents' decisions about birthing options?

Homebirthing Celebrities(click thumbnails to view gallery)

Joely FisherCharlotte ChurchAni DiFrancoPamela AndersonLisa Bonet

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