A video of a home waterbirth without a midwife or doctor present has sparked major concerns for doctors.
The video has been slammed by Australia’s leading obstetrician as “dangerous” and features the father delivering his own baby with the dogs watching on, while an Ed Sheeran song plays in the background.
It has been viewed more than 47,000 times after being shared by popular Instagrammer “australianbirthstories”.
*Original video appears to have since been removed*
This incredible birth was a first birth for this beautiful mother. She makes it look effortless with the aid of hypnobirthing techniques. . . Repost via @blissful.herbs When a young woman believes that yes she can give birth in peace and privacy and by her own power, without pain – that she IS worthy, that she IS capable. . Jessie told me she wishes all women had access to a doula to learn from and help make birth an experience to love and embrace rather than fear. . . Jessie says, “Wanting to be in control of my body and birth is the reason I decided to have Mahli at home. I knew that if I felt safe and supported in a loving environment, that the birth would be easy. And it was – easy and pain-free.” . . That’s the benefit of having no hindrances to the peak flow of birthing hormones. What strikes me about this gorgeous first time mother homebirth is the absolute confidence Jessie had, in her body and in birth, and the total trust and support of her husband. So many young women are told not to consider homebirth for their first baby, and are scared off looking into it with talk of “untried pelvises”. Not for your first, they’re told. Something might go wrong! Not for your first. I believe your very FIRST experience of birth is the most important one to plan to have at home (assuming you and your baby are healthy and well, and the absence of any actual pathology). This sets you up to have a positive obstetric history. Shelly Birthing Doula: https://www.facebook.com/BirthingDoulaShelly/ Hypnobabies: https://www.hypnobabies.com Blissful Herbs: https://www.blissfulherbs.com.au Video by: https://www.LiveLoveDream.biz . . @little_mahli_and_me . . Song: Perfect by Ed Sheeran www.edsheeran.com
Obstetrician Dr Michael Gannon, a former president of the Australian Medical Association, told The Daily Telegraph it “beggared belief” that someone would promote giving birth in the bathtub next to a family pet.
Doctors are becoming so concerned by mummy bloggers that they are now vetting the websites prospective parents view.
Our first Breastfeed. Mahli crawled her way up for her first feed about 15 minutes after being born. After such an easy pregnancy and birth little did I know the difficult journey we would be taken on. After 5 weeks of intense pain, pumping every two hours to feed and me being hospitalized after getting a blood infection via my terribly wounded nipple, and seeing many many specialists Mahli was finally diagnosed with tongue, lip and cheek ties. After the laser to release them and 6 weeks of 4 hourly stretches our breastfeeding journey finally began. Life became much simpler and I am 100% happy that I listened to my mama spidey senses and persisted in finding out why feeding was so unbearably painful. Thank goddess for my IBCLC @themilkmeg, Dr Kate at @chiropractic_works_cairns & Dr Lindsey at @absolutelydental #breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #worldbreastfeedingweek #worldbreastfeedingweek2018 #freebirth #homebirth #doula #doggiedoulas @australianbreastfeedingproject A post shared by Jessie Goetze (@little_mahli_and_me) on
One “motherhood influencer”, Sydney-based Marcia Leone has promoted a naturopath who claimed gluten and dairy increase the risk of miscarriages.
NSW AMA councillor Dr Kathryn Austin said there were “ethical concerns” about bloggers being paid to promote supplements.
A new survey from Murdoch University found that less than 35 per cent of new mothers said their doctor was their primary source of health information.
Fears people are buying into the ridiculous health beliefs
OBSTETRICIAN Dr Alexander Polyakov told Daily Telegraph he was seeing patients who had adopted “ridiculous” health beliefs after reading misinformation online, posted by bloggers (not named in this report), multiple times a week.
This included a couple who falsely believed IVF caused cancer and would-be parents who had self-diagnosed dairy and gluten intolerances.
Dr Polyakov said bloggers promoting at-home waterbirths were particularly disturbing given the risk of a child drowning.
He said Australia had a much lower rate of neonatal deaths than Third World countries where hospital births were rarer.
“Even in prehistoric times people knew not to give birth in water, there is no justification for it,” Dr Polyakov said.
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