Amber Rose and fiancé Wiz Khalifa welcomed their first child, son Sebastian, on February 21. But long before then, the model came across Ricki Lake’s documentary The Business of Being Born and dreamed of a natural birth.
“I first saw The Business of Being Born actually before I was even pregnant,” Amber said during a Tuesday appearance on The Ricki Lake Show.
“I was like, ‘If I ever get pregnant, that’s how I’m going to do it!’ Then when I got pregnant, I watched it again and then I made Wiz watch it,” she continued
Wiz was impressed by the documentary, and encouraged Amber to pursue a home birth.
“I thought it was really interesting being that me and Amber had a baby on the way,” the rapper said. “I felt like it was important, but I didn’t think that I was going to be into it as much as I was.”
Amber added: “When I had Wiz watch it, he was just like, ‘You have to do this, we have to do this together.’ ”
However, nearing the end of her pregnancy — and already equipped with a birthing pool, midwives and a doula — Amber discovered her baby was in breech position.
“At 37 weeks one of the midwives said that that big lump right there on my top by my ribs was the baby’s head,” she shared. “My ideal birth plan was just down the drain.”
But her team tried to move “The Bash.” “I tried mugwort, acupuncture and then my last resort was an inversion, which is when you go to the hospital and they manually try to turn your baby,” she said. “They push his head down and push his butt up … It hurt a lot. It was very painful. I cried.”
But as it turns out, a C-section was the only option.
“At that point, after I tried everything, I was like, ‘I just want my baby, if I have to have a C-section, fine,’ ” she said. “But I told Wiz, ‘If we go to the hospital and my baby turns around, I’m going back home!’ “
Wiz added: “Of course it wasn’t … what we wanted to happen, but as mentally prepared as we were for the home birth, we had to get as prepared for the C-section.”
“When I went in I was terrified, shaking. I was so scared,” Amber continued. “But then Wiz came in [and] he just talked to me the whole time…All of a sudden we heard Sebastian cry and we both started crying. We were like, ‘Oh my gosh, our baby’s here!’ ” the new mom gushed.
Although her first birth was a C-section, Amber is not ruling out future VBACs.
“I feel like I made the right decision, but I knew right after having a C-section that [with] our next baby I definitely want to have my baby at home,” she said. “Watching the documentary and seeing how the women pull the baby out and put the baby on their chest — that’s what I really, really wanted for me and Sebastian. That’s the part that I missed out on.”
The model was open about her natural birth plan prior to welcoming “The Bash.”
“I don’t want no medication,” Amber had said. “We take home birthing classes to teach us how to do it, and we’re gonna have our midwife, and when they baby’s head comes out, he’s gonna be Dr. Wiz. He’s gonna be the first person to touch the child. No doctors, no gloves.”
She added: “I’m looking forward to the pain, actually. My family thinks I’m crazy, but I want to feel the pain and I want…the end result, just holding my baby and going through all that for him.”