42-year-old funny man, Owen Wilson, and his girlfriend, Jade Duell (a 28-year-old federal air marshall) birthed their baby boy at home, in water today. After 18 hours of labor, Duell brought her son earthside at 10:47am local time (Jan 14) in Wilson's Maui home. The new little babe, whose name has yet to be released, weighed 6lbs, 13oz, and is healthy and happy in his moms arms, surrounded by a thrilled new papa!
Rumors have floated around in the past about Wilson's intact status, and those watching this potential peaceful parenting couple believe they will keep their son whole as well.
Weeks ago when news leaked about Wilson and Duell's plans to have a home waterbirth, celeb doctors across the country 'warned' Wilson publicly about the (mythological) dangers of homebirth. Their plans were splashed across headlines and OBs afraid of even more celebs jumping on the gentle birth bandwagon tried to head off the fan following that is sure to come. Each time yet another celebrity opts to birth at home, more attention is given to the fact that research shows birthing at home is just as safe - or safer - for both mom and baby than birth in an intervention-filled hospital. As a result, homebirth continues to gain momentum and support.
Brushing fabricated scare-tactics aside, Duell had the birth she hoped for, and her little one was able to start labor in his own perfect timing and glide into her arms in the most magnificent of ways. “Owen and Jade are thrilled!” a friend told RadarOnline. “Owen has been doing a celebratory hula dance all afternoon! It's a beautiful boy and everyone is incredibly happy!”
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