Rica Perelajo revealed she underwent 25 hours of labor before finally giving birth to her second son.
While home birth procedures have recently grown increasingly rampant in foreign countries such as the United States, it hasn't been the case in the Philippines for years now - especially with the dawn of modern medicine.
But actress Rica Peralejo, who recently shared in a Facebook post a link to Why Not Home?, a 2016 American documentary that tells stories of home birth from the perspective of doctors, nurses, and midwives, explained why she opted for a home birth for her second child.
“It is the little one's first encounter in life, and we do not want to rob him of the chance to get a very strong imprint in his soul that this is not only the momma's job, or the doctor's job, but that he has his very own part to play in this world,” she wrote.
While she believes nothing is wrong with the advanced way of giving birth, Peralejo, a Christian, thinks it is “a mistrust for God's design for birthing babies.”
“This is not to say that I am not grateful for the way science has advanced our knowledge when it comes to births, as these highly surgical procedures have no doubt saved many lives already. But the sad truth is that this method hasn‘t been used only for true emergency purposes but more abused for reasons of convenience, money, and the gravest reason of all: A mistrust for God‘s design for birthing babies,” she stated.
Last Sunday, June 9, Peralejo finally gave birth to her second son, unmedicated all throughout the entire labor process.
Getting emotional as she shared that it took her 25 hours of labor before she finally got to see the face of her child, she stated: “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. 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,” she added.
“How can I not shed tears if it had to take five years, 38 weeks of praying God will sustain him, 25 hours of labor before I can finally have this boy? His papa, kuya, and I have longed for him deeply,” she wrote in a separate post where she can be seen holding her child.
In a Facebook post, Peralejo‘s husband Joe revealed they named their son Manu which, when translated, means “God with Us” and “God Who Heals.”
It was in 2014 when Rica Peralejo gave birth to her and pastor-husband Joe Bonifacio‘s first son Philip.