Newton: Home births felt normal

Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton found having three home births “normal”.

The Crash actress gave birth to her third child, son Booker, on March 3. Thandie already has two daughters, Ripley, 13, and nine-year-old Nico, with husband Ol Parker. All three children were home births, but Thandie found the experiences a delight.

“He [Booker] was born on the bathroom floor,” Thandie revealed during an appearance on the Today show. “I had just associated hospital with being ill, and I felt beautiful and healthy and wonderful when I was pregnant, and being at home is the place I felt most relaxed and comfortable. So for me, it feels normal, but there was a time when everybody had their babies at home and it wasn’t such a big deal.”

The 41-year-old has always been happy to discuss home birthing. Soon after Booker was born, she took to Twitter to share her delight at his entry to the world.

“Our baby boy is finally here! Booker Jombe Parker. Born joyously at home yesterday,” she wrote. “My 3rd home birth with brilliant independent midwife Caroline Flint – and Carole Goddard @PhoenixMidwives. Keep independent midwifery alive! (sic),”

While Thandie found the home births relaxing, discovering she was pregnant again after such a long gap between children sent her into a bit of a panic.

“After a speedy calculation, my resulting brain-static went something like this: ‘I’m 40! Ripley’s going to be 13 years older than her sibling? We just got a f**king cat! We’ll have to have another one so it won’t feel like an only child?? Ol is shooting in India when the baby’s due! I’ll be 41!? Nico still sleeps in our bed! Can I still fly to Congo on my due date? I ate mussels and drank red wine all last week! What about the f**king cat?’” she told British magazine Stylist.

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