Updated 13 February 2017: Watch how Katie delivers her daughter at home unassisted. Enjoy!
Unassisted home water birth
Katie had one of the most beautiful and peaceful births we've ever seen. Surrounded by loved ones, including her children, she birthed her baby unassisted under the watchful eye of midwives.
For some moms giving birth is the ultimate natural experience, one which they’d prefer not to take place in a hospital or clinic. This is a video of a woman who chose to give birth in nature, surrounded by the sounds of her children and the rain forest, using a river as a birthing pool.
She explains that, for her, giving birth in nature was as much about the inner journey as the outward process.
"This video is of my fourth birth," she explains. "It was the singular most transforming event of my life and my most conscious act as a woman to date.
"WARNING: This video is explicit, especially as it is shot outdoors in broad daylight. If you choose to watch it, please watch it with respect and understand that it is very exposing for me to share myself in this way.
"How and why I chose to give birth in nature was much about the inner journey as the outward process ... and equally as powerful. Afterwards I felt like my whole life had been in preparation for that one moment. My sense of wholeness and peace was bigger and deeper than anything I had ever felt before. This feeling only continues to expand and ripple out into my family, my relationships, my life. It has had a profound effect on my mothering and for my children especially."
Birth in nature/Natural birth/Youtube [Warning, nudity, graphic footage of birth]
Home water birth
Ella and Dan Lindquist are a Canadian couple who vlog (video blog) about life with their family. In this video they share the birth of little Cohen. The video has been watched more than 8 million times.
Another water birth, with a happy little sis in the room
In this beautiful video, Shelby gives birth to little Milou, who is born "en caul" – meaning the amniotic sac's membrane is wrapped around the newborn's face. The experienced midwife unwrapped their baby in a calm manner. Watch:
This video explains the concept of a birthing style known as “orgasmic birth”. It is intended to be “sensual, ecstatic, powerful and even transcendent”, according to allparenting.com, and aims to help the birthing mom to explore new emotional, spiritual and physical heights via childbirth.
Orgasmic childbirth video/Youtube
*Consult a medical/birth care professional when choosing your birth plan.
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