Alanis Morissette Describes Childbirth: ‘Beyond Pain’

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It’s been almost two years since singer Alanis Morissette welcomed her son Ever, but the memory of her drug-free home birth hasn’t faded just yet.

“The experience was beyond pain,” she tells “It was a transcendental experience. I just went to this whole other world. I basically had to be the little soldier that I am and really focus on this new beautiful creature coming out of me.”

Alanis, who is married to rapper Mario Treadway, admits that giving birth at home “wasn’t the easiest thing in the world,” but says she has no regrets and would make the same choice again.

“I didn’t really even imagine myself having the birth experience in the hospital. My home is like my little sanctuary,” the ‘Thank You’ songstress reveals. “My husband was at my side the whole time, my total hero. And the rest was really up to God.”

Alanis is one of a growing number of celebrity moms who have opted for a home birth, joining Gisele Bundchen, Alyson Hannigan, Pamela Anderson and many more. Several of them credit Ricki Lake’s popular documentary The Business of Being Born with helping them to make that childbirth choice.

I saw the film, too, and thought it was great… but a home birth just isn’t for me. Like Alanis, my home is my sanctuary, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable delivering my babies there, in my bathtub or bedroom.

How do you feel about home births?

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  1. Em

    If you can commit to a home birth then by all means go for it. Myself on the other hand, it sounds better to just stay at your own home but I would be too terrified of the “what ifs’?” I am a worrier. So I opt to have my babies at the hospital. And even then I hate hospitals and am terrified there but if I start bleeding to death or baby gets stuck or has breathing issues I will be taken care of (hopefully) asap instead of suffering over an hr on the drive to our nearest hospital.

    • Alyson

      Agreed. Every woman is different and every birth is different. You have to pick whats right for you and your baby. Being comfortable and safe is all that matters in a birth and that can be done at a hospital or a home. As long as you can get to a hospital quickly in an emergent situation.

      I’ve personally known 2 very young women that have died while giving birth, and both were at a hospital. So, there is no guarantee anyway. Birth has risks.

  2. Kristina

    Ever already turns 3 this year! Not 2

  3. Wc

    So tired of hearing about these women who act like they were dying thru it all. You dummy, go to the friggin hospital you nut. No one cares about how painful it was. Millions of women do this everyday. You’re no different. Get off your soap box cause NO ONE cares…..

    • Jen

      She is just trying to help other women out there by telling her personal story. Maybe someone will benefit from hearing her experience with home birth. Who says that once you have a baby you have to shut your mouth to the world and not tell anyone how it went?! She is simply telling an interviewer how her experience was. And…if you say NO ONE cares, well…why the heck did YOU take the time to reply on this board then?

    • Anonymous

      You know, there are actually women who don’t want their bodies full of drugs when they give birth. Being at a hospital would not have taken her pain away if she chose to not take the drugs, so why go there?

      And nowhere…. NOWHERE… does she say that she thinks she’s special or unique. Everyone knows that a million women a day do it. This is just HER story, you big oaf.

  4. toopoo

    i call birth a near death experience………seriously thought i would die, and had out of body stuff going on……lucky you get a nice gift at the end

  5. Holly

    I think I’ll go to my dental appointment next week and do my root canal without any anesthetic. it’ll be tough, but transcedental. plus, i can tell EVERYONE how transformative a dentist visit can really be. and perhaps even I’ll appreciate my teeth 10X more than people who get novacaine.

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