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Nikki Reed shares intimate snaps from son’s home birth

Nikki Reed is providing her fans with a glimpse into her home birth experience. The “Twilight” actress shared a carousel of intimate photos on Instagram, describing the night as one of the most transformative in her life. In the pictures, she is seen in various positions during delivery, with midwives Abby Vidikan and Johanna L. Storey by her side. Reed expressed her desire to highlight the value of midwifery care and the wisdom that these women bring to the birthing process and beyond. She believes that many women lack support before, during, and after giving birth and advocates for a change in the culture and healthcare system to address this issue.

Reed also appeared on the “Mother Daze” podcast, where she discussed her labor and delivery experience with host Sarah Wright Olsen and Teresa Palmer. She explained that her first birth with her daughter was unmedicated but chaotic, leading her to consider a different approach for her second child. With the support of midwife Abby Vidikan, Reed planned a home birth and emphasized the importance of having a strong and masculine energy during the process. Despite her husband Ian Somerhalder’s initial absence due to work, he was able to be present for the birth of their son, and Reed appreciated his nurturing and motherly presence.

In conclusion, Nikki Reed shared her personal home birth experience to shed light on midwifery care and the need for better support for women during the birthing process. She hopes to inspire a shift in the culture and healthcare system to prioritize postpartum care and create a more nurturing environment for new mothers.

Nikki Reed is giving fans a glimpse inside her home birth. 

“This was one of the most transformative nights of my life, and walking through it again with these ladies was so sweet,” the “Twilight” star captioned a Thursday Instagram carousel of intimate photos.

In the snaps, she is seen in different positions during delivery with midwives Abby Vidikan and Johanna L. Storey by her side.

“To be honest, the reason I felt compelled to share something so personal is because I have this burning desire to highlight the value of midwifery care, and showcase the incredible wisdom that these women bring to the birth space and beyond,” Reed continued in her lengthy caption. 

Nikki Reed
“I have this burning desire to highlight the value of midwifery care,” the actress wrote on Instagram.

The actress, 35 — who announced the birth of a baby boy with husband Ian Somerhalder in late June — went on to say that she feels “so many women are left without support” before, during and after the birthing process. 

“We need to change that,” she wrote. “With a culture that doesn’t nurture new mamas in the way it should and a healthcare system that doesn’t value the need for PP [postpartum] care, it is time to create a shift.”

Reed spoke out about her experience on the “Mother Daze” podcast — alongside Vidikan, who assisted in the birth of her son — detailing her labor and delivery with hosts Sarah Wright Olsen and Teresa Palmer. 


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The “Thirteen” star — who also shares daughter Bodhi Soleil, 6, with Somerhalder — noted that she wasn’t planning on using a midwife until “something in my plan still didn’t feel complete.” 

Nikki Reed and Ian Somherhalder
Reed and husband Ian Somerhalder also share daughter Bodhi Soleil.

“My first birth with my daughter, it was in the hospital and while it was unmedicated, which is what I was going for, it was still all kinds of chaotic, for all these different reasons,” she said. 

“I didn’t realize that for this whole pregnancy, that little bit that I haven’t totally unpacked was in the back of my mind like, ‘Is this going to happen again?’”

As she planned her home birth with Vidikan, Reed said she became specific about what was wanted during the experience.  

Nikki Reed holding her daughter Bodhi Soleil
The “Twilight” star said Bodhi’s unmedicated hospital birth was “chaotic for all these different reasons.”

“We had a couple of meetups where Abby asked me what I wanted in my birth and I said, ‘I’m not sure yet,’” she explained. “One of the things I said is, ‘I really need a strong energy, like a masculine energy.’” 

Although Somerhalder, 44, was scheduled to be out of town for work near the due date, he was ultimately present for his son’s arrival. 

“Ian, in that time, was in a really soft landing place, a space that was really motherly,” Reed said, acknowledging her husband’s then-seemingly more maternal vibes. “And I got that.” 

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