Hilary Duff welcomed her second child, a baby girl named Banks Violet Bair, in October 2018. Shortly after, the 31-year-old actress opened up about her decision to have a home birth, completely drug-free. “I thought to myself that I want to like fully get the full experience of what it is like to bring a baby into the world,” she said on the Informed Pregnancy podcast. Though it wasn’t easy, Duff said she wouldn’t change a thing about the experience.
“They hand her to me, and I’m looking at her — and you know, babies are like floppy little worms, they just don’t have any control — and she reaches up both of her arms right at my neck as to give me a hug.It was so clearly a hug,” she recalled.
Now, five months later, Duff is sharing that exact moment with the world. Earlier today, the proud mom posted an intimate video of her home birth on Instagram. In the clip, she is seen smiling while embracing Baby Banks for the first time, still in the birthing pool and surrounded by loved ones. It’s beautiful a moment to see.
“I’ve been wondering for a long time if I would ever share this video as it is extremely personal…. it was so absolutely lovely and rewarding (and shocking) that after giving birth to my baby girl we hugged …for the first time,” she wrote in the caption.
Duff continued: “In my mind I like to believe that she was saying good job mom. Go team go. We did it. Together.” She goes on to say how supportive her husband, Matthew Koma, was throughout the process and that he provided a “calm strength.” She also calls out her mother, sister, doula, and two midwives (her “birth angels”) who were there to help her in the moments that seemed scary, like when she was worried she wasn’t progressing fast enough or when the pain got intense, as well as her son who was downstairs playing Leggos while waiting.
“I cannot believe this day was only 5 months ago!! It seems like B has been here with us all along,” Duff finished the caption. “Anyway… feeling blessed for this full hectic life and all the people in it. Happy 5 months Banks.”