Editor’s Note: Medical professionals caution against home birth because of the risks involved. A hospital is the safest setting for childbirth, especially when a life-threatening complication develops, which can happen without warning. Women have the right to make an informed decision about where they prefer to deliver, but always consult a doctor to understand the risks. Read more about the risks of home births here.
On the occasion of Alessi's first birthday last June 25, actor Alwyn Uytingco reminisced about the events leading to the birth of his youngest child a year ago with an endearing Instagram greeting.
In his post, the dad of two revealed his wife Jennica Garcia gave birth via water birth at home, and it was he who caught the baby in the process.
“Hindi siguro alam ng karamihan na sa bahay ipinanganak si Alessi, sa proseso ng ‘water birth.’ May mga dahilan si Jennica kung bakit ito ang gusto niyang paraan ng panganganak,” he began his caption for a newborn photo of Alessi.
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Alwyn recalled he and Jennica had just gone for a checkup at the hospital on a rainy day and were headed home to prepare for the birth when Jennica's contractions progressed.
“Ang di ko makakalimutan sa araw na ‘yon, umuulan ng malakas. Parang pelikula. Matapos namin magpa-check up sa ospital, agad kaming umuwi para maghanda sa panganganak ni Jennica.
“Ang usual na 10 minutes, naging 45 minutes na biyahe dahil sa matinding ulan at traffic. At sa buong biyahe namin, tuloy-tuloy lang ang contractions ni Jennica. Kaya mas lalong nakakakaba! Kasi puwedeng lumabas yung bata anytime sa gitna ng biyahe namin!”
Thirty minutes later after getting home, Jennica gave birth to their baby girl. The catch (pun intended): the midwife got caught in traffic and couldn’t make it on time, so Alwyn had to catch the baby himself.
“Pag dating sa bahay, 30 minutes lang at ayan na! Lumabas kaagad si Alessi at ako na kaniyang tatay ang sumalo! (Na-late ng dating ang kumadrona dahil din sa traffic.)”
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It was a different kind of feeling for the second-time dad to deliver his own child.
“Doon pa lang, nasabi ko na marami pa ko matutunan bilang isang ama at bilang isang magulang. At doon ko lang din natutunan na sa unang tingin pa lang, alam ko ng mahal ko kaagad si Alessi, at hindi na mababawasan yon kundi madagdagan pa araw-araw.”