Rica Peralejo defends decision to give birth at home

Through Instagram on Sunday, Rica Peralejo clarified that it was a personal choice to opt out of hospital birth following her negative experience with cesarean delivery for her first child.

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6/16/2019 5:34 PM
Rica Peralejo defends decision to give birth at home


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Rica Peralejo has addressed the concerns regarding her decision to have a natural birth this past week. 

The actress-turned-blogger finally welcomed her second child with non-showbiz husband Joseph Banifacio, a Christian pastor, thru unmedicated labor at the comfort of their home last June 9. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A few days before giving birth, there were about eight people who received dreams pertaining to the upcoming birth of my second son, Manu. These were eight different people, one of them my husband, and another a friend from Japan. . . In my husband’s dream we had to cross a river which I once crossed before. The message was that he had to carry me through it as I lead the way. . . Meanwhile, our Japanese friend dreamt that they were to push my husband up as he carries me up on his shoulders while we ascend Mt.Fuji. We are supposed to give birth on top. In it I again knew the way, but my husband had to carry to me on our way. . . In both dreams, the common thing was I knew the way but my husband is to carry me for success. . . Guess what? I gave birth standing up and because I was midway a walk to the bathroom when the overwhelming bearing down came over me that my husband had to catch me and carry me as Manu’s head popped out! At that point, my legs felt so weak and surprised with the sheer power of a child coming through that they became jello and the only way I could recover and regain enough power was if my husband kept me up in his strong arms.πŸ’ͺ🏻 . . So indeed, I knew the way, but Joseph carried me. I gave birth while he was, with all his strength and might, propping his entire wife up as she was delivering a baby! . . This must be one of our best memories, @josephbonifacio. Also, one of our best truths. Since day one as husband and as father, the weight you had to carry for us was no easy feat but you do it with no hesitation and with all of who you are. How could we all hold up without you? . . . To our leader, happy father’s day and we love and look up to you so much! β€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ»πŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ‘ΆπŸ»

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READ:Rica Peralejo gives birth to her baby at home, unmedicated

Through Instagram on Sunday, Rica clarified that it was a personal choice to opt out of hospital birth following her negative experience with cesarean delivery for her first child - one that she assured was highly supported by her obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN). 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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) πŸ‘‡πŸ»

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She wrote, “My goal from the beginning [has alwasys been] to have a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). 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.

“Because 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 rin 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.”

Rica added that she made sure to educate herself about the risks of both home and hospital births prior to making her decision.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

And so after 25 hours, this boy is finally out. I cannot wait to tell you all our birth story. Let me just say that it was a miracle to actually do homebirth, vbac (vaginal birth after caesarian), and to remain completely unmedicated all throughout the labor. πŸ™ŒπŸ» So many times I wanted to quit... but somehow strength came to my bones and body. Oh I really cannot wait to share it all with you. . . To all who have been praying with us since We began this journey, I thank you. From a fearful time to a victorious birth, can you imagine??? In those 25 hours his heart rate stayed completely perfect. Never went down. God protected my child through and through. He created AND sustained him. And i believe this is His promise to this child for all the rest of his life. ❀️❀️❀️ . . #mamawonders

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“Kasi kung akala ng madami na sa home lang may risks, hindi po, sa ospital meron din. All we need to do is check the stats to see deaths and complications that also arise in the hospital, and not only the ones at home. Katulad na lang ng repeat CS, highly medicated birthds where mother is under powerful drugs to help the birth. May mga pinipirmahan tayong waiver nun for risks and side effects ‘di ba? So lahat MAY RISK. Hindi pwedeng wala. Ospital man o bahay,” she continued.

“Personally, iniiwasan ko ‘yung heavy drugs and CS because I feel like after ko maoperahan for my CS five years ago, that‘s when my body began to change and it became sick. Medicines help, yes, but also, it does something bad to our guts. Diyan ako pinakatakot, na malagyan ako at ang baby ko ng sobrang daming gamot na hindi naman kailangan and compromise our gut and immune system,” she added. 

She then advised her fellow mothers who wish to undergo the same birthing process to “never go into it without being informed of all the risks and your choices.”

 

She wrote, “Also, do not go without getting the best healthcare providers. Hindi pwede mag-isa lang gawin ang ganitong mga bagay, lalo na sa dami ng information out there. Make sure someone guides you through it all and for me, that was my ob gyn, doula, and midwife. All reputable and can be trusted. I listened to all of what they have to say and made my own mind about the matter. It wasn't done in haste and ignorance. 

“Do your own research for the kind of birth that you want and I pray God will bless you with great answers!

“Also adding that I am very near the hospital in case anything arises. I was supposed to check a birthing clinic in Tanay but found it too far from my hospital. Baka hindi ko na din ma-endure and car ride thru contractions.”

It was in 2014 when Rica and Joseph welcomed their firstborn son Philip Nathaniel, roughly four years since tying the knot in a beach wedding in Batangas.