Laila Ali Opens Up About Planned Home Birth

We recently reported that pregnant American Gladiator host, Laila Ali, is planning for a natural home birth. She just posted the following message on her personal website further discussing her decision to birth her first child at home with a midwife,

“A little while back, I wrote that I had some exciting news to share. Well, guess what? I have decided that I am going to have a natural home-birth! That’s right, I am going to have my son in my own home with no medications. Curtis Jr. will be delivered by a midwife.

I did a lot of research before I made the decision. Like most women, I didn’t know that there were so many different birthing options. I thought I had to get an OBGYN and give birth at the hospital. Once I got a hold of Ricki Lake’s documentary called The Business of Being Born ( and as soon as I watched the DVD, I knew home-birth was for me. I was so thankful that I learned that it was an option before it was too late. I want to be in full control of my body and give birth to my son the same way women have been doing for thousands of years. Our bodies where made to birth and I trust the process. I encourage all women to educate themselves on all of the options available when it comes to having a child whether it is in a hospital or at home.

I am 33 weeks pregnant now, time has gone by so fast! Only about 7 more weeks until my boy is here.

My nursery furniture is being delivered in a few days so I am excited to get started decorating.

I am not going with a theme. I think I will take it slow and build a unique look as I come across items I like. It’s gonna be so much fun!

Thanks for visiting, I’ll keep you posted!”

I’m a huge fan of The Business of Being Born and miwifery care. Way to raise awareness on this topic, Laila! 😉


Photo: Bauer-Griffin, June 12

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