Maran at an event for her makeup line in April (Getty Images)
It was the second outdoor home birth for the one-time "Dancing With the Stars" contestant, who has her own natural cosmetics line and lives a very eco-friendly lifestyle, and she detailed the event (and shared photos) in her People.com blog. Crediting a spicy meal at a Mexican restaurant for helping to trigger her labor, Maran noted that her water broke while she was standing on a staircase in her summer home and she immediately headed outside. "Soon I was sitting in a blow-up kiddie swimming pool in my backyard with my midwives, family, and friends gathered around," she wrote. "My dear husband was in the pool with me, encouraging me, telling me that I was powerful, capable, and beautiful."
Maran with daughter Indi Joon (Twitter)
Big sister Rumi kisses Indi (Twitter)
The labor process lasted four hours. While Maran's photographer-director husband, Ali Alborzi, tended to her, their 5-year-old daughter, Rumi Joon, "danced around" the yard collecting flowers to "make me clover crowns," Maran blogged. But she was never far away. "When I was struggling, she gave me lots of kisses to help me through." The little girl also played hostess, passing around a plate of cookies to guests who were there to witness the birth, which took place under a honeysuckle bush.
Maran also wrote about a charm necklace she wore during the labor. At her baby shower, guests each contributed a charm for it and the special memento helped get her through the birthing process. "The charms and the women's wishes were all so different — some wished me strength and perseverance; others wished me lightness and freedom. The love and power in my necklace reminded me that I'm never alone, even when I'm in labor."
Indi is now six weeks old (Twitter)
As we saw on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" recently when Kourtney Kardashian toyed with the idea of an at-home water birth — and quickly changed her mind — the unusual childbirth option is not something embraced by every mom, which Maran knows. "I understand that this birth choice isn't for everyone, but I believe in trusting my body to do what women have been doing for thousands of years. Childbirth isn't scary; it's a natural and powerful wonder," wrote Maran. "Being surrounded by birds, plants, and my family was much better than being in a hospital with impatient doctors and lots of beeping monitors. A home birth was the perfect choice for me — that's why I did it again."
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