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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  • What makes her think that anyone would want to see that? There are plenty of birthing videos out there already. And honestly, we have babies in hospital for a reason…

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  • I get why she did it and it was her fourth child so she had been through it before. I get why most women feel safer going to hospital, especially for their first. We seem to forget that women used to give birth at home all the time, especially in rural areas usually with a midwife present. That midwife was quite often a neighbour that had given birth herself many times and helped other women. My grandmother had 11 children , 7 were born on the farm, some while on her own in the paddock and the rest were born in hospital. My grandad actually pushed her in a wheel barrow over 3kms from the farm to the hospital while she was in labour.


    • Maybe, but how many babies were stillborn or only lived for a few hours or a couple of days. I know my Great Grandma either 3 or 4 days that were either stillborn or passed away within 2 days. Some lived only hours.

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  • As the saying goes, only in America. I wouldn’t feel safe going alone. There are professionals for a reason

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  • It’s not something I feel is safe. I wonder how many people were watching just to see if something went wrong!

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  • all I can say is why? – risk your baby, your health and to livestream it! If you want to film it yourself thats fine but don’t share it with the world!

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  • I think it’s mad to do this at home I don’t agree did she think about possible complications

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  • I love giving birth in hospitals, I just feel so much safer! I have had pretty good experiences, especially my last labour. Midwife was lovely and caring of what I wanted.
    It is a bit misleading to say that it’s what our bodies are made to do” as a reason to give birth at home. Yes it is, but there are so many women and babies who die in countries where medical help is non existent.
    Little things like too much blood loss could kill you, but mostly it doesn’t as doctors can fix that problem.
    I am so thankful for midwifes and doctors who have worked hard at helping women safely deliver babies.

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  • Seems such a personal video to share.

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  • An unassisted birth …. why, just why? She’s lucky all went well.


    • I think this mum needs some support to deal with the trauma from the birth of her first child. It can be difficult to overcome trauma – poor mum.

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  • I can’t see the video anymore. Youtube or the owner must have taken it down.
    A little scary though that with this video she is promoting an unassisted delivery.

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  • Women and babies used to die during child birth. A lot. Occasionally it even still happens despite the best medical care. I just don’t see doctors and hospitals as the enemy.

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  • While I think it;s her choice, I would never risk my baby’s safety by doling it at home. I am glad that everything went ok though

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  • That is her choice but l wouldn’t do this in case something went wrong and l needed professional help.

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