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  • Max Collins On Her Water Birth Experience: 'I Never Knew How Strong I Could Be'

    Two weeks after giving birth, Max Collins has started light Pilates exercises
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Editor’s Note: Medical professionals caution against home births 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. (Click here to know more about home births.)

    Every birth is a moment of celebration for a new life and the strength of a mother. Childbirth doula Irina Otmakhova shared how honored she is to witness Max Collins and Pancho Magno welcome their first baby via water birth. 

    “Feeling so honoured to witness this birth! Max and Pancho truly rocked it!” the doula behind Conscious Birth Manila wrote. “Welcome to the world baby Skye Anakin!” she said. 

    Her words were accompanied by a photo taken just minutes after the new parents held their baby for the first time last July 6


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    Doula Irina shared on her Instagram Stories a video of Max taken just an hour after welcoming her first baby. She talked about her gentle birth experience.

    “Gentle birth is an amazing, amazing experience and very unforgettable,” Max said. “I feel so empowered as a woman. I feel like I never knew how strong I am or how strong I could be,” she added. 

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    The new mom also sent an uplifting message to other mamas who will be giving birth. “We’re all made to be strong, empowered women,” she said. “You can do it. Always believe in yourselves, and always trust your instincts,” she added. 


    Max just an hour after giving birth to son Skye Anakin
    PHOTO BY Instagram/Irina Otmakhova


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    Max decided to go give birth at home and avoid hospitals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Click here to know your options.) She admitted that it was the hardest and most amazing thing she’d ever had to do. 

    “The pain was beyond what I imagined, but that’s what made the ecstasy I experienced after giving birth to Skye exceed my expectations. The high that came after hours of pain was pure joy and the best gift I’ve ever received,” the new mom said in an exclusive interview with Preview


    Max said she’s healing quickly, thanks to “drinking bits of her placenta” in the form of berry smoothies that have helped her recuperate. (Click here to know about the advantages of consuming your placenta.) Just two months after she gave birth, she’s had started doing light Pilates exercises. 

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