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.

“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.

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“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.

Read more – A video of a home waterbirth without a midwife or doctor present has sparked major concerns for doctors.

Read more: Mum shares video of her unassisted breech birth experience

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  • I’m so happy that everything went well unfortunately sometimes like in my case they did not and I needed medical intervention to deliver my act safely. If I was at home things would have taken a different path. It’s important to research fully and if you choose to birth at home do so with assistance. If she was covered by health insurance I don’t really see the problem.

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  • I’m glad it went well for her this time but her traumatic birth experience didn’t need to be repeated, different doctor, different hospital and seriously nurses deserve more credit, they do more and are definitely better than having no one if something doesn’t go right.

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  • Beautiful !
    I agree with the medical professionals that women wanting to have a home birth should 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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  • Way to go mumma, if a home birth is what she wanted then that’s what she got, I wouldn’t but each to their own.


    • Something I wouldn’t do either but I am happy for them they got what they wanted and a daughter in the end.

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  • Home or hospital birth aside there is no way I’d want just anyone to be able to see me give birth.

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  • SO brave of this mum to post an educational piece online, well live stream is not just brave it’s bold.

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  • Wow! So brave. I would never have a birth without a midwife present unless bubs just decided they wanted out!

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  • Lucky for her it went perfect. I cant believe how effortless she made it look. I was almost in tears pushing

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  • Oh I don’t understand people these days. What if something went wrong every pregnancy is different.and to even record it to show everyone is on a whole new level. Lucky the baby and mother are fine

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  • I would much prefer to have medical intervention there, my children being safe are my priority not whether or not they delay cord clamping, my last two children would not have survived if not for medical intervention

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  • I’m glad that mum and bub are fine but there could have been catastrophic ramifications if there were complications. She should of at least called a paramedic to assist with the birth

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  • My nana gave birth to my auntie on the bed at home with no help. I wouldn’t encourage people to do it though. I made sure I didn’t go to the hospital until I was about to start pushing, that way they can’t interfere but they are there if you need them…which unfortunately we did because baby needed oxygen for 2 minutes and i haemorrhaged a couple of hours later and lost a decent amount of blood.

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  • not something that should be encouraged

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  • I really hate women who think this is ok to do, what if something was happened and it was livestream. Glad it all went well

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  • This is so dangerous. Imagine if she had complications?!

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