Rica Peralejo explains why she wanted to give birth at home
Actress Rica Peralejo has addressed the concerns of some netizens after she recently delivered her second child at home without medication.
Peralejo’s post of her home birth last June 9 drew mixed reactions online. While some congratulated her for the successful birth of her baby, some netizens spoke of the risks of having a vaginal birth after cesarian (VBAC) at home.
One commenter named Marlou (@dokiemarlou) told Peralejo her post might encourage more mothers to do the same thing.
“Yes, vbac is possible, but there are criterion to follow.. and definitely not at home! (Not only will it endanger their lives, but their child’s lives too.. neonatal sepsis/ Asphyxia from prolonged labor etc),” the commenter wrote. “Am afraid your post might encourage them to do the same.. Remember, not all patients know the risk…”
The concerns of the netizens prompted Peralejo to talk about how she prepared for giving birth at home. As per Peralejo via Instagram last June 15, she has always wanted a vaginal birth after delivering her son Philip via cesarean five years ago.
“Did I always plan to do the birth at home? No, but I was very clear to want to labor at home,” said Peralejo. “Why? Kasi hindi ko kaya ang feeling sa ospital. When I last labored there, nailang ako and nahirapan pakinggan ang aking katawan.” (I could not handle the feeling in the hospital. When I last labored there, I felt uncomfortable and had difficulty listening to my body).
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It has only come to my attention now na may mga comments pala in my previous posts. For the sake of their peace let me address their concern. . . Let’s begin with my goal from the beginning, that which is to have a vaginal birth after caesarean. I am a good candidate as my last birth via CS was five years ago. Did I always plan to do the birth at home? No, but I was very clear to want to labor at home. Why? Kasi hindi ko kaya ang feeling sa ospital. When I last labored there, nailang ako and nahirapan pakinggan ang aking katawan. . . Bec of these desires that I sought an ob gyn who is a vbac supporter and she was agreeable naman with my plan and even offered to lend me her doppler to monitor my baby as I labor at home. Dito ko na naisip na kumuha ng midwife para at least isang professional healthcare provider nalang ang tumitingin ng vital stats ko at ng heartbeat ni baby as I labor in the house. . . As the pregnancy was progressing, and I was preparing for labor at home naisip ko what if I actually give birth at home? But talking to my doula helped clarify my thoughts. That we can have home, hospital, water or dry birth naman talaga but it really all depends on how I fare as the due date is nearing. We need to be sure that I was fit and healthy, and walang complications like bleeding or low amniotic fluid or any placenta complications to achieve the gentle VBAC I was after. (Note that I also was in touch with my immuno every month for the management of my suspected apas. Sinunod ko din ang mga payo nya sa treatments even if I had the option to say no. I did all that to stay on the safe side.) . . The best that I could do while waiting was be faithful to follow ob gyn’s requests for check ups and scans, and also pray and meditate to get into the mind of God. . . I also used the time to inform myself of the risks — both of home and hospital births. Kasi kung akala ng madami na sa home lang may risks, hindi po, sa ospital meron din…. (See comments section for continuation) 👇🏻
Peralejo said she sought an OB-GYN who was a supporter of vaginal birth after cesarean. She also decided to seek a midwife so she would have a professional healthcare provider who would monitor her vital statistics while she labors at home.
“As the pregnancy was progressing, and I was preparing for labor at home naisip ko what if I actually give birth at home?” she said. “But talking to my doula helped clarify my thoughts. That we can have home, hospital, water or dry birth naman talaga but it really all depends on how I fare as the due date is nearing.”
It was important that Peralejo was fit and healthy, and had no complications such as bleeding or low amniotic fluid to achieve the gentle vaginal birth she wanted. Throughout her pregnancy, she said she kept in touch with her immunologist and listened to their advice regarding her treatments to be on the safe side. She also followed her OB-GYN’s advice for check-ups and scans.
Preparation is half the battle indeed and Peralejo added she made use of her time to educate herself.
“I also used the time to inform myself of the risks — both of home and hospital births,” she said. “Kung akala ng madami na sa home lang may risks, hindi po, sa hospital meron din…” (If a lot of people think there are risks involved in home births, there are risks too in delivering in the hospital.) JB
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