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A video shared to social media showing a natural caesarean goes viral.

Sophie Messager, a Doula, Childbirth educator, Babywearing instructor and Healer, shared the video on Facebook explaining, “A friend had the most gorgeous gentle caesarean yesterday-it was quite a journey because her local hospital refused to entertain any of her wishes, so she had to move to another hospital where she found the most supportive consultant (Dr Andy Simm at Nottingham City hospital), who not only agreed to support all her wishes but filmed the birth to use it to educate other health pros.

I especially loved watching the baby walking himself out of the womb. The mum also told me that they waited until the cord had finished pulsating before clamping it. For me this really shows how it isn’t how the baby is born but how the people present respect wishes and demonstrate support and kindness that makes a beautiful birth. The mother has kindly agreed for me to share the video so other women can have such a beautiful experience too.

The official hospital film should be released in a week or 2.
These were the mother’s wishes:
* no drapes
* walking out of the baby to help clear lungs
* delivery to chest if cord allowed
* cord left to stop pulsing before cutting
* no weighing or measuring until family ready
* baby to stay on mum until she was ready to part (it was 6 hours). Even when pat sliding to transfer.
* own music
* lights reduced

On top of that, the anaesthetist lifted the mother’s shoulders and someone held a mirror to help view the birth.”

The video has had over 2 million views and 32K reactions with 34K shares.

We recently shared Sarah Saunders youtube video of a “natural caesarean” which also went viral.

She shared her video on youtube last year she wrote “I wanted to share this video to show that if you are unable to give birth ‘naturally’ that having a natural caesarean is the next best thing!” Watch her birth here.

What is a natural caesarean?
• It is described as a ‘natural’ approach that mimics a vaginal birth by allowing the parents to watch the birth of their child as active participants
•slow delivery with physiological autoresuscitation and
•the baby to be transferred directly onto the mother’s chest for early skin-to-skin.

*VIDEO contains graphic content

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  • What an amazing video to watch. Then again all births are amazing. It was fascinating to watch

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  • Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  • It was definitely a beautiful thing to watch but I’m quite surprised that Mum looked so calm and was wearing lipstick.

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  • Wow ! That was amazing to watch. I was abit amazed that mum had make-up on though.

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  • Ew, I’m queasy at the best of times so I only lasted a few seconds. Sorry.

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  • Absolutely amazing! Wow had no idea that a caesarean baby could “crawl” out… I wish I had known that with the birth of my caesarean daughter, just beautiful. Obviously doctors gave mum & bubs the ok to do this health wise. More health professionals should listen to peoples wishes but only if the patient/s are healthy enough for their wishes to be granted. Congrats to the mum & dad clearly they did their research before going down this path :)

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  • Great perhaps but I THINK THAT BABY was probably CLEARLY DISTRESSED doing all that agonizing crying! throughout the procedure. Most bubs don’t cry like that when they are delivered by c section. The surgeon did give it a helping hand at one stage. It could have been a different story if the cord was wrapped around the neck or some other incident.

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  • Brilliant and what a great education tool for other Doctors to see and learn. Congratulations to family

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  • Wonderful that mum listened to what she knew was right for her and found a team to support her

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  • It was amazing not what I expected at all.

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  • Amazing not what I had expected at all.

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  • How beautiful that all her wishes were honouted by this doctor ! Should happen everywhere when possible !

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  • How beautiful, that made me cry with joy. I wish all of my cesarean’s were that gentle. Going into labour is challenging to say the least but having an cesarean for whatever reason to bring your little one into the world adds extra recovery to the mother. What a wonderful new concept and just seeing this little boy squirm and pull himself out of his mother’s womb was amazing. Thank you for showing this clip. Congratulations to Mum and Dad and welcome little man to the world.

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  • What a wonderful memento to share with your child – very informative and I hope many more mothers to be watch this.

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  • I have watched this a few times now, so beautiful!!

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