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Max wants water birth for baby boy

/ 12:20 AM April 03, 2020

Pancho Magno (left) and Max Collins

Max Collins and Pancho Magno are having a boy.

The couple made the announcement on their recently published YouTube vlog, documenting the gender reveal party they hosted in Melbourne, Australia, earlier this year.

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Surrounded by their cheering family, Max and Pancho jumped for joy and hugged each other after popping a black balloon filled with blue confetti.

“We promise to love you and take care of you,” Pancho told his unborn baby.

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In a video chat with GMA 7, the two actors’ home network, Max related that her husband initially wanted to have a girl. “If she were a girl, maybe she could have ended up a daddy’s girl. But, of course, we’re happy, regardless of the gender, as long as the baby’s healthy,” she said.

The 27-year-old actress, who’s expected to give birth in July, admitted that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has her worrying, and so she’s considering home birth. And because pregnant women are considered high-risk individuals, Max is also discouraged from going outside.

“I don’t feel comfortable in a hospital setting, especially these days. I just started a course on home birthing. I want to have a water birth, so I’m looking for a minipool,” she said. “I never thought it would come to this. But I think that this is probably the safest way.”

Whether that happens depends on a lot of factors. “But I’m 100-percent sure about home birth. I still have to check if the position of the baby will allow me to do that. And I have been talking to my doctor about it,” said the actress, who tied the knot with Pancho in December 2017.

Aside from the usual precautionary measures, Max makes it a point to work out to keep herself healthy. “You need to. How will I be able to give birth naturally if my body isn’t in good shape? So, that’s what I’m preparing for,” Max said. —ALLAN POLICARPIO

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