AceShowbiz - Hilary Duff has given her fans a close-up look at her home birth, sharing intimate photos from the day she brought daughter Mae into the world.
Hilary and her musician husband Matthew Koma welcomed Mae, the star's third child, in March (21). They also have another daughter Banks, two, and Hilary's first child Luca, nine, from her marriage to former ice hockey player Mike Comrie. And on Tuesday (14Jul21) she shared some stunning photos from the day on her Instagram page.
In a lengthy caption accompanying the snaps, the "Younger" star wrote, "Feeling ready to share some photos of Mae Mae's birth day!!! For me to feel safe during birth and get to where I need to go, it's crucial to have the right support system. The perfect amount of space, counter-pressure, humor, stillness and people that support my power."
"My hubby is the most calm anchor in the room when I feel like climbing the walls and my little Molly is an extraordinary doula who sat with me when I needed to be still and quiet. She quite enjoyed the fact that I was sitting on doggy puddle pads as my water had broken hours before."
Hilary added her mother was there "to make all the snacks and watch with a big nervous smile as her baby brings her a new grandbaby earthside" and said that "the help that I have to support my other children while I am not able is maybe the most comforting thought of all. All hands on deck. Forever lol."
She ended her post by celebrating all the "almighty mothers" and the various ways they give birth.
"This is hard work…every way a woman brings a baby in is," she continued. "From getting pregnant, to c-sections, hospital or home births, the breast feeding journey (oy vey that one gets me every time) and raising these little beings responsibly to be stand up, confidant, kind citizens of the world."
"It's completely consuming. A tedious, magical, miraculous adventure…So cheers almighty mothers. You make mountains move daily."