Maya Rudolph Had an Unplanned Home Birth! (VIDEO)

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Maya RudolphI totally take a "to each his own" stance on other people's birth plans. Home birth, hospital birth, midwife, doula, doctor -- whatever, mama, you do what works for you. But as anyone who's ever given birth at home knows, if you're going to do it, you best be prepared! Well, I guess no one really explained that to Maya Rudolph's second baby because apparently that little girl just couldn't wait to get to the hospital, as planned, and made a surprisingly speedy grand entrance at home. It was an accidental home birth! Ai yi yi!

She's pregnant with her third now, by the way. But she just spilled it on the Chelsea Handler show. Luckily, all went well, and the baby "just kind of gently glided into her father's arms." Check out the video ....

But, once again, I find myself saying, "Really? That happens?!" Now, admittedly, maybe I don't really understand as much as I should about labor (no worries, I'm getting there), but I've heard such a wide range of birth stories over the last several months, I now realize that you really just don't know how your labor and delivery is going to go.

I have a couple of friends whose labor went very quickly, their healthy babies popping out before they could even say, "Epidural, please!" Or, they didn't realize that excruciating back pain was actually labor until they were 7 centimeters dilated. My own mother-in-law barely made it to the hospital in time to deliver my husband, who came out in about 45 minutes, two weeks ahead of schedule. Of course, you hear those stories (often on the 11 o'clock news) of women giving birth on the side of the highway with the help of a state trooper, or inside a roadside diner in the middle of a snowstorm. Clearly, a lot of babies are just like, "Alright, I'm ready, let's do this thing. Out of the way, mucus plug! Hey, make some room there, pelvis!"

Still, for the most part, I feel like most birth stories I hear involve many hours of labor, with some warning that Mama better get to the hospital or call her midwife STAT. I know a lot of women who end up getting induced about a week after their due date, or have scheduled C-sections for one reason or another. And there's that friend of mine who still hasn't given birth, even though she started having productive contractions over a week ago!

Those 18-hours-of-labor birth stories seem to be more common, and I think if you're the mom-to-be and it's your baby, an anti-climactic, little-goes-wrong labor and delivery is what you want! That being said, those "barely made it to the hospital" stories still fascinate me. 

What do you think of Maya's homebirth? What is your biggest fear when it comes to delivery?


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Sady Jacobs Manning

Usually 1st births are longer and more difficult. But those 2nd babies! They sometimes really know how to make an entrance! With my 1st the dr was on the phone to call for an emergency C-section when he caught her with my last push with one hand. he barely even made it to the hospital in time for my 2nd and he lives right next door. 2 pushes and she was out!

jpfsmom jpfsmom

Ugh, I have a fear of having a toilet baby (like the ones on I didn't know I was pregnant...although I know I'm pregnant ;))

nonmember avatar nikki

that's actually my vision of my perfect birth.

logan... loganmyangel

My first were twins that were by planned CS (breech).

My second was 4 hours from waters breaking to delivery.  I was in denial that I was in labor and barely got to the hospital.


My third was a UBAC.,  My husband was deployed and I went into labor at 4:54am and delivered him in my bathtub at 5:04am.  I had 3 contractions. 

logan... loganmyangel

Oh, and fast births are harder (by experience) because you get 24 hours of labor bundled into less than an hour.  I would have LOVED to have had a little longer labor.  

Ninja... NinjaMomma

2 hour homebirth was awesome.  Her labor sounds similar to mine, but mine was planned that way.

Laura Bancroft

I've had days of labor and hours of pushing. Child number 3 didn't want to come at all and needed a csection. With child #4 I was at 10cm when labor stopped completely for four days! But child number 5 was less than 11/2 hours from waking to breaking water to her arrival! No real pain. A little bit of a pinch feeling in my cervix that I told my hubby was probably transition. Thankfully, this was a planned home birth that the midwife who lived just an hour away missed. Very Quick! Very Easy! Probably wouldn't have even thought of going to the hospital before the baby came if we were going to the hospital.

littl... littlelambe

The doctor arrived only 2 mins before my first was born. I had a quick first labor. Fear is the number one culprit of a stalled or lengthy labor.

Chrissy Roig Mosley

I'm pretty sure my aunt had her third baby in an ambulence in the driveway.  ANd I know a few homebirth moms who had extremely fast labors.  My one friend had her third baby so fast, not even her husband got upstairs to her in time.  My neighbor's husband was at our house at like 9pm saying his wife was in labor, they'd probably have the baby tomorrow and messaged me an hour or so later that the baby was there.  I didn't believe him at first :D


My second labor actually seemed slower than my first, though.  With my first, I woke up in the night having horrible strong contractions every 2-3 minutes (lasting a minute).  My second was a planned homebirth and I figured it would be fast, so I called the midwife as soon as I was really sure I was in labor and it was 8-9 hours later when she was born (only an hour or so of intense labor, though).

Julie Renee Williams

i think home birth is an amazing idea. i feel like somewhere along the line women go scared of home birth, but only 1% of births need a cecerian and her in NYC 45% of women get them. imagine how beautiful lit would be to be in your own home environement, comfortable smells, music, loving family an educated supportive midwifeand doula who never leave your side,.... your own toilet, bath tub, FOOD! and then delivering your baby and making your own choices with no pressure form moderns medicine or interventions. you get to rest in your bed, right after,no white gowns, and extra unforseen costs ...then you and you new family can nest together, in your home right after birth. sooo beautiful!!!!!!!

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