Video Shows Moment Mum Gives Birth In A Stream

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A mother who shared a video of herself giving birth in a stream, without pain relief and a midwife, claims she did it to show how magical the whole experience can be.

Simone Thurber, 43, posted the footage of the birth of her daughter Perouze – who’s now four – back in 2012 on YouTube before it went massively viral, reaching a staggering 52 million views.

But apparently she wasn’t doing it to prove a point. Speaking to The Sun, she said:

I didn’t put the video online to make a statement I simply thought a few people would be interested in what it would be like to give birth in nature and to inspire women that if they wanted to they could have a child outside a hospital.

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Simone is a trained doula, someone who supports women during labour and lives in Park City, Utah. The mother of four explained how she wanted to go a different route with the birth of her fourth daughter.

She continued:

I never expected the massive interest. My first three girls were home births but I have always wanted to have a baby in nature. I am not a hippy drippy mum but I wanted my fourth child to be born away from beeping machines and a hospital environment.

Let’s face it, women have been giving birth in the wild for thousands of years but the thought a modern women squatting in a creek and giving birth horrified many people even before I gave birth and shared the video.

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Simone cited how her mum’s experience with a lady in Papa New Guinea convinced her to give this a shot.

Simone said:

I remember mum often telling us when a local lady had her baby and how at the time when she was due to give birth she simply found a nice spot pushed out the baby breast fed it and wrapped it in a carrier cloth, tied the child to her back and went about her business. That stuck with me and is one of the reasons I wanted to give birth to Perouze in the wild.

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Though, as you’d expect, this unconventional process wasn’t all smooth sailing. She initially struggled to find a spot to give birth, as she was living in Melbourne, Australia at the time and the beach was way too public for such an intimate moment.

So that’s when she decided to make a call out to friends and, finally, one offered their house in Daintree Forest, Queensland.

Eventually, they found a creek and with her other three daughters and then partner, Nick, they got into the car and drove to it.

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After two hours, Perouze entered the world as Simone squatted in the stream, an experience which changed her outlook on pregnancy.

Once Perouze turned one, she decided to post the clip to YouTube to prove to other women that anything is possible, although she didn’t expect it to take off as much as it did.

She explained: 

After 50 people watched it I thought OMG my friends have seen me really naked, after 500 I was shocked and now 52 million people have viewed it. If people watch it and learn just a little something about the birth process or it makes them have a greater understanding of what happens or it builds their confidence to perhaps ask their GP or midwife more questions than I have done my job.

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Fair play to her.