56 seconds. That’s how long it took for very composed new mum Audra to deliver her second baby in a home birth; a birth that can only be described as the stuff of dreams. Audra is totally calm, serene even, as she quietly bears down and sweeps up her gorgeous little bundle in one of the most incredible births we’ve ever seen.
Have a watch of this magical moment…
Now, this might be TMI, but I’ve been more distressed doing a poo than Audra was delivering her child. She barely winced and I am totally and completely fascinated, so much so that I’ve watched it around 930 times.
Why the fascination? While childbirth doesn’t have to mean screaming down the house and making devil-eyes at your partner, that’s exactly what it was for me. I was totally and completely out of control of myself and at the most primitive I’ve ever been in my life, literally growling and grunting in a way that was totally unrecognisable. I was so wound up in the idea that childbirth would be the most beautiful experience of my life that I honestly felt disappointed in myself for what I really found it to be. Traumatic.
The fact is, there’s no ‘wrong’ way to do birth. Quiet, loud, drug-free, epidural, C-section, breech; in every possible way, birth is hands-down the most amazing human experience ever. Every woman’s experience is different and we will never, ever stop marvelling at its beauty and its rawness.
Hats off to you Audra.
In one word, how would you describe your birth experience?