Rica Peralejo, gives birth via VBAC at home
After 25 hours of labor, Rice Peralejo gave birth to Baby Manu via an unmedicated VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean section) at home.
Rica Peralejo finally gave birth to her second born, Baby Manu!
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And so after 25 hours, this boy is finally out. I cannot wait to tell you all our birth story. Let me just say that it was a miracle to actually do homebirth, vbac (vaginal birth after caesarian), and to remain completely unmedicated all throughout the labor. ?? So many times I wanted to quit... but somehow strength came to my bones and body. Oh I really cannot wait to share it all with you. . . To all who have been praying with us since We began this journey, I thank you. From a fearful time to a victorious birth, can you imagine??? In those 25 hours his heart rate stayed completely perfect. Never went down. God protected my child through and through. He created AND sustained him. And i believe this is His promise to this child for all the rest of his life. ❤️❤️❤️ . . #mamawonders
Rica Peralejo shared in an Instagram post that she has finally given birth via vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) at home. The actress revealed that she went through 25 hours of "completely unmedicated" labor.
"So many times I wanted to quit... but somehow strength came to my bones and body. Oh I really cannot wait to share it all with you."
She added, "In those 25 hours his heart rate stayed completely perfect. Never went down. God protected my child through and through. He created AND sustained him. And i believe this is His promise to this child for all the rest of his life."
In a separate post, Rica's husband, Joseph Bonifacio said that Baby Manu's birth was "extremely emotional, difficult, and fulfilling journey."
He wrote, "We couldn’t have done it without our amazing birth team who all contributed amazing support. That has to be one of my favorite team experiences ever."
Joe added, "I’m so amazed at my wife for digging down deep at the 23rd hour to find the energy and stamina to push even more. It was definitely God carrying her all throughout."
The proud daddy also revealed that they named their 8.8-pound baby Manu because the name meant “God with Us” and “God Who Heals.” He explained that the name will serve "as a reminder of our journey with him."
Take a look at Rica's VBAC journey here:
On June 6, International Homebirth Day, Rica Peralejo posted in her Facebook account that she was planning to have a home birth and was going to try and have a VBAC.
"My firstborn was born via caesarian section but to this day, I still honestly, with my whole heart, believe that the best possible birth for the baby, mom, body, is the most natural way, according to God's wonderful design for the woman's body and the baby's agency. It is the little one's first encounter in life, and we do not want to rob him of the chance to get a very strong imprint in his soul that this is not only the momma's job, or the doctor's job, but that he has his very own part to play in this world.
"So really, if I were to rank births, caesarian or a highly medicalized birth is last on the list of what I think to be the best birth possible. And the first would be homebirth, in the presence of all your loved ones and a birthing team who are willing to do everything possible to make it their first choice to trust God's intelligent design for our bodies."
She clarified that although she believes that home birth is "the best birth possible," she acknowledges that advances in science has in "no doubt saved many lives already."
She added, "But the sad truth is that this method hasn't been used only for TRUE emergency purposes but more abused for reasons of convenience, money, and the gravest reason of all: A MISTRUST FOR GOD'S DESIGN FOR BIRTHING BABIES."
She proceeded to honor her friends who are advocates of home births and midwives, "who are doubted and frowned upon by the modern world; I continue to stand with you and declare more about your tremendous exercise of faith throughout all these deliveries!"
She ended her post with this message: "My prayer is that I can add at least one story to this picture to show everyone that birthing at home is blessed by God. In fact, if you think about it, Jesus himself wasn't born in a hospital, but in a manger, and His mother was completely unassisted. "