Stevie Muddle, 28, said giving birth to her daughter, Chilli Ivy, with no pain relief was the most empowering and beautiful experience of her life.

Instead of being in hospital, with drugs and IVs, the mum said she felt ‘in control’ giving birth at home with no painkillers, no doctors and no restrictions.

The mum-of-three is a student midwife, and has witnessed everything from natural births to complicated C-sections.

So when it came time to decide how to plan the birth of her third child, the Brisbane woman had more knowledge and experience than most.

‘I Didn’t Want To Be in Hospital’

‘I knew I would be more comfortable at home, I didn’t want to be in the hospital,’ Ms Muddle told Daily Mail Australia.

Which is why the mother-of-three said she decided to have a drug-free home birth instead of going to the hospital like she did with her two other children.

She said she knew that she had a low-risk pregnancy, she’d given birth before, and she had seen how other women were more comfortable in their own environment.

‘Just being in my own environment made the experience so much better. Being able to move around, use the shower and my birth pool,’ Ms Muddle said of the labour.

‘At the hospital you’re really restricted in what you can do. But I got to play my own music, have my candles burning.’

‘In the hospital you can only have two people in the birthing suite with you,’ she explained.

My Children Were Involved In The Birth

‘My two kids were asleep for the majority of the labour, but they woke up 10 minutes before the birth so they got to be involved too.’

Announcing the birth of her baby daughter, Chilli Ivy Simpson, who weighed 5.3 kilos, to Facebook on the day, Ms Muddle was candid about the labour itself.


‘As planned I had an all natural unassisted drug free home birth! Yay I did it!’ she wrote.

‘But honestly there were times when I just wanted to give up and I wouldn’t have been able to cope without the amazing support from my baby’s daddy Joel, my sister Tina, best friend Lynda and my two wonderful midwives Kailean and Melinda.

‘Peyton and Link, my older children, also witnessed the birth of their baby sister just before they headed off to school this morning.

‘It was such a perfect moment for all of us! Mum and baby are doing great, catching up on some well-deserved rest today!

In Control

‘I just felt really in control this time,’ the mum said. ‘It was mind over matter. I just kept focused and stayed positive.

‘A lot of women are worried about how they will cope with the pain, but you have a lot of options with natural pain relief. You can walk around and have a shower.’

It was, the 28-year-old said, a powerful experience to give birth at home.

‘It was an empowering experience for me,’ Ms Muddle explained. ‘I’ve really struggled with my confidence in the past and I just really wanted to do this for myself.

‘I wanted to show that us women are strong and we are capable of doing it on our own. I felt really proud at the end.’

Congratulations guys! Such a precious little bundle.

Our mum’s recently shared what they found to be completely unexpected when it came to childbirth. Read the discussion HERE.

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  • So glad that there were no complications. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy. Not something I could have done but more power to you all


  • Guess to each their own – I wouldn’t do this, but I am glad everything turned out OK


  • Wow, I tried to get pain relief but was too late and my baby wa much, much smaller. Well done, glad it went so well for you and your family.


  • my new hero!!


  • Wow 11lb 11oz! I thought I did well not pain relief for a 10, 7oz baby. That’s an awesome job


  • that is a great job! i like the photography as well. lucky it all went well

    • I agree – natural looking photos of the birth day.


  • Wow, good on her.


  • What a beautiful baby. So glad all went well.


  • Congratulations on the birth of bub! It is good read about a cross section of births. Every birth is unique and special to the parents regardless of the type of birth.


  • Congratulations Stevie on the birth of your daughter!


  • Congrats to you & your family Stevie !! Well done for your homebirth without pain relief.
    I’m from the Netherlands, there are still quite a lot of women who have a homebirth with no pain relief there.


  • Congratulations Stevie. Wow !!! Did you expect your gorgeous baby Chilli to be so big?? I’m glad you have 2 fantastic midwives. If they’re old enough to tell their story it would be interesting to know how your older daughters felt about witnessing part of the birth of their baby sister.


  • Congratulations to you Stevie, on having a birthing that you were so comfortable with. I am amazed that you did it without pain relief!, that is truly inspiring :) Thank you for sharing your story.

    Welcome baby Chili :)


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