A US mum-of-four live streamed her labour as she gave birth to her fourth child unassisted in her home bathtub.
Kara Baker, 28, lives in Missouri with her husband Bryce, 38, and their children: Brylie, four, Barrett, three, and Ash, 15 months, but the newest addition to their family, Molly, is the first child she chose to have at home.
She became wary of delivering her children in a hospital after having a “terrible” and “traumatic” experience during the birth of her first child.
“Everything that took place was about money, not about what was best for my child,” she told Daily Mail UK.
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“There was no doctor there to ‘deliver’ my baby only nurses, they did not practice delayed cord clamping or skin to skin, I was discouraged from breastfeeding, and the bill was $56,000.”
She added that she felt the hospital staff were ” unnecessarily running up the bill” because they knew she had insurance that could cover the costs.
So when she went into labour on March 23rd with her fourth child she simply hopped in the bathtub, turned on the camera and waited, and 35 minutes later she had their new daughter Molly in her arms.
“By live-streaming the birth, I hope to change people’s perspective of birth. I want to help people lose the stigma associated with birth,” she said of her choice to share the event with her YouTube followers.
“I want people to see that labour and delivery does not have to be painful and feared. Giving birth is what we are designed to do. It truly is a gift.”
Her birth has been viewed over 53,000 times.
What the experts say
Many medical professionals warn that unassisted births can be incredibly dangerous, as not having a medical professional present can leave mother and baby in life-threatening situations if something goes wrong.
They suggest that women wanting to have a home birth confirm with their doctor that their pregnancy isn’t high-risk before making the decision, and ensure they have a certified midwife or physician on hand to assist during and after.
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