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Doctors Concerned Over Mummy Bloggers Views On Home Births

Doctors fear that mummy bloggers who question traditional medicine and push alternative health treatments are putting their babies at risk.

A recent video showing a waterbirth that took place without a midwife or doctor present but with the family dog watching has been deemed “dangerous”  by Australia’s leading obstetrician.

The video, which has been viewed more than 45,000 times shows the father delivering his own baby as Ed Sheeran plays in the background.

It  after being shared by popular Instagrammer “australianbirthstories”.

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

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The caption reads in part: “So many young women are told not to consider homebirth for their first baby … I believe your very FIRST experience of birth is the most important one to plan to have at home.”

Former president of the Australian Medical Association, obstetrician Dr Michael Gannon, says it “beggared belief” that people promote giving birth in the family bathtub next to a pet.

While thankfully this home water birth was successful, studies have found that babies delivered during a home birth are seven times more likely to die from complications. 

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