On March 24, Hilary Duff welcomed a new addition to her family, her daughter Mae James Bair. And now four months later, she shared her at-home water birth experience through gorgeous photos.
The actress took to Instagram to document the event and to give thanks to the “support system” who helped make it all happen and to honour all birthing people, regardless of how they deliver.
“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, humour, stillness and people that support my power,” Duff said of the birthing process, sharing a series of photos that showed the actress gearing up to welcome her third child.
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“This is hard work…every way a woman brings a baby in is,” she writes. “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 [sic], kind citizens of the world. It’s completely consuming. A tedious, magical, miraculous adventure…So cheers almighty mothers. You make mountains move daily.”
Not surprisingly, Duff is receiving plenty of positive feedback after sharing these special moments. “Absolutely obsessed. Thank you for sharing & normalizing birth! It is beautiful, empowering, hard, emotional, sweet, challenging & everything in between. And I’ve always appreciated your willingness to let us in on your experiences—I definitely watched your birth videos while I was pregnant to feel excited & empowered!,” one Instagram user comments.
Even Tori Spelling chimed in. “So beautiful mama. Thanks for sharing your journey,” she writes.
And Duff’s husband weighs in with a comment of his own: “My actual superhero,” Koma says. We agree!
Duff and Koma are also parents to their 2-year-old daughter, Banks, and Duff shares her 8-year-old son, Luca, with ex-husband Mike Comrie.