Woman filmed herself giving birth in the back garden in front of her children
A German woman named Sarah Schmid decided to bring her six children way from the hospital.
According to a Heart report, Johanna, aged 11, Jonathon, 10, Emanuel, eight, Elisabeth, six, Konstantin, three and Kiran, one, were born outside the hospital in a totally different way than modern women are used to.
The 36-year-old woman was inspired to opt for "free birthing", giving birth outdoors, without any medical assistance. She had prepared to become a doctor and, after having witnessed several births, decided that she didn't want to give birth in a health center.
"I studied medicine, although now I am a full-time mother," explained Sarah, who is married to Tim, 41.
"There I saw people give birth in the hospital and I thought, 'I can’t do this, it's not relaxing.' It made me realize that I wanted to give birth without intervention," she explained. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
In September 2006, Johanna was born inside the house with the help of a midwife, but without any pain reliever. With the second child, Jonathon, she decided to give up any assistance.
"I didn't like having a midwife and the labor was long and painful, I was in labor for 15 hours," she said. So she began to read and prepare on how to do it alone.
By the time she got pregnant with Jonathon, she was already an expert and she felt perfectly prepared for his arrival: she would deliver him in a forest where she used to live. It was July 2008, she was alone, and four hours later Tim arrived to take pictures of his newborn son.
Sarah lives in France but is from Halle, Germany. "I can relax better outside, I can look up at the sky, feel grass under my feet and focus, I found it stressful in the hospital, I found the forest very relaxing, so I thought it was the best place for me to have my baby. My water broke around 11 p.m. and I walked to the forest at 1.30 a.m. and he was born around 3.30 a.m."
She said that she wasn't even worried that someone would trip on her while she spread out her picnic blanket and waited for her son. "I was very isolated there," she said.
"There has been a storm, there were only broken trees, it was beautiful, I didn't care that Tim wasn't there, I knew he was afraid of the baby's delivery, especially because it was not assisted. But I felt that I had to deal with my own fears first. I didn't want to be overwhelmed by fear, so he came later. I called him when the baby was born," she said.
The father took pictures of his little boy before going home, without visiting a hospital. Sometime later, and without any medical attention, Sarah delivered her son Emanuel in the garden. She explained that Tim was taking pictures of her belly when she felt she had to push.
In April 2012, Elisabeth arrived inside the house because it was cold. Her birth was fast. "She was born in the living room, Johanna wanted to see her, she was there, but the kids had gone to the neighbor."
Sarah thought about giving birth in the water for Konstantin in February 2015, but she also wanted to deliver standing up. "I had a barrel of rain because I like to stand up, but it came so fast that the barrel was half full, I cut the cord myself, handed the placenta and cleaned the baby," she said.
Finally, Kiran was born in the back garden in September 2016, while her brothers watched.
"They were very excited and not scared at all, all the other births were at night, so they were happy to see one, they were watching television when the contractions came because they are not very exciting, but when the baby arrived they run out to see" explained Sarah.
The video of this experience was published on her YouTube page, where she obtained 688,000 visits. A second copy has 700,000 views, which means that in total about 1.4 million people have seen her give birth. But Sarah doesn't care: "A woman looks like a woman, it's the most natural and normal thing in the world, I don't think it's strange," she said.
Mum of six Sarah gave birth in her back garden... as 1.4 MILLION people watched online. Would you ever consider 'free birthing'? pic.twitter.com/XbwBzdvnCm— This Morning (@thismorning) August 5, 2018
Free birthing refers to a woman who has a baby without the help of any medical professional, which means there will be no clinical monitoring, much less administration of pain medication.
Due to her choice, Sarah has met with any kind of reaction from other people, but all she cares about is having a happy and healthy family. Sarah has written a book, "Freebirth - Self-Directed Pregnancy and Birth, on how to have a self-help pregnancy."
BIRTH UNDER THE WATER
However, Sarah is not the only mother who likes to give birth in an unusual way. A woman decided to give birth in the water and had a very unusual viewer: a dolphin!
This is a new kind of trend called dolphin-assisted delivery. This is an option that many women choose to bring their children to the world and according to specialists it has benefits for the baby and the mother.