Alanis Morissette’s ‘transcendental’ home birth experience
Alanis Morissette has spoken out about the ‘transcendental experience’ of giving birth to her 18-month-old son Ever at home.
Speaking to Today, Alanis said: “I didn’t really even imagine myself having the birth experience in the hospital.
“My home is like my little sanctuary.”
On Christmas Day in 2011, Alanis gave birth to her son drug-free with her husband Mario Treadway by her side and with the help of a midwife and a doula.
She said: “The experience was beyond pain.
“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.”
But although Alanis doesn’t regret her decision to have a home birth, she admits it wasn’t easy.
She said: “I think once people know it’s quite possible to have a really amazing home birth – and in my case I have no regrets and would do it again and in the same breath it wasn’t the easiest experience of my life – I think having it be an option is really exciting.”
If you’ve had a straightforward pregnancy, home birth can be a safe option, but pain relief is limited to gas and air.