Jennifer Hoffman (40) believes that many people have been unfairly ‘frightened’ to give birth at home. As a result, they forget the ‘power of women’, according to the actress. In an extensive account on Instagram, she breaks a lance for the phenomenon.
“It’s an incredible feeling to bring a child into the world,” she begins to her 190,000 followers. ‘Alien and the most natural at the same time. I wouldn’t have thought it strange if I had received applause in the street when I could go outside again. Because women are strong. Even if you never experience childbirth.’
She gave birth at home last February, in a so-called birthing bath. “I want to break a small lance for home birth,” she writes. “Not because I think everyone should do that, but I do think we’ve been scared of it and forget the power of women. That we focus so much on eliminating any risks that we lose sight of the natural process. Or just looking at statistics and not seeing the woman in question properly anymore.’
We focus so much on eliminating any risks that we lose sight of the natural process
In 2019, almost 13 percent of women in the Netherlands gave birth at home, according to figures from Perined, a partnership of professional organizations in the sector. Although Hoffman promotes home births, she especially hopes that women choose a place that feels right for them.
‘Hospital, home, birthing center, in your neighbor’s yard, wherever you hope to give birth, it’s about being a place where you feel most empowered. With loving people around you who make you strong. Because then there are automatically the least risks, I think. A place where you can feel calm and happy and avoid stress as much as possible.’
For Hoffman, nothing beats the ‘security of our home’. ‘I’m so glad it worked. Cooper was born in my boyfriend’s arms,” she writes of her son and boyfriend Dorian Geis.
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‘Let child come in confidence’
Well-known and unknown women are happy with Jennifer’s words and share their own stories. ‘Beautiful very beautiful. And it’s important that you say this,” actress Anne-Marie Jung responds. ‘Wherever you bring your child into the world, may it be a place in an environment where you feel safe. Let the child come into trust, rather than fear. I wish that for all mothers, children and parents in the world!’
Let the child come in confidence, instead of fear
Follower Mairit, whose baby was breech, describes how she, too, followed her feelings. ‘They wanted to do a cesarean section because of her breech presentation, and because it was my first baby. But my feeling indicated that we could do this together and we just succeeded! I really felt so proud.’
Comedian Soundos El Ahmadi reacts as quick as ever. ‘Since I gave birth I feel superwoman. Bringing a premature baby into the world, keep calm and don’t panic, while she’s in the hospital for three weeks. The ‘premature baby’ just asked if she could have my old laptop. I said no’. Then she said that daddy has already promised, so ‘thanks again ma’. Was worth all the pain almost seven years ago.’
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