A woman in Halle, Germany calmly gave birth to a child in a backyard, between a trampoline and a plastic slide. There was no midwife or medical professional of any sort present, just her husband and five other children, and she hadn’t taken any painkillers. Oh, and she filmed it and posted it to her YouTube channel where it continues to garner hundreds of thousands of views, sitting at close to a million as of today.
Anyone who knows Sarah Schmid (she has nearly 15,000 subscribers on YouTube) may not be as surprised as the rest of the Internet is, because the 36-year-old also gave birth to her other children in similar ways, employing a midwife only for the first home-birth, never taking any painkillers, and delivering the second child alone in a forest.
Before we drop a link here, be warned, this is real. It’s life and it’s beautiful and inspiring, yes, but it’s also very graphic–there is blood and nudity and, well, a child being born. OK, adults only, here’s the video.
Did you watch it? Could you watch it? Did you cry? Did you scream when Sarah did?
“I studied medicine to become a doctor, although now I am a full-time mum,” the 36-year-old told The Sun. “There I watched people giving birth in hospital and I thought, ‘I can’t do this. It isn’t relaxing.’”
For the birth of her first child in 2006, she opted for a home-birth with a midwife, but she was in labour for 15 hours and felt she could do better without the help. So, she studied up on child birth and, for her second child, travelled to her former home country of Sweden where she delivered on a picnic blanket, alone in a forest.
The forest birth of her second child, or that of her third (also a backyard baby) wasn’t caught on camera, but her fourth was. Her husband, Tim, filmed it in her living room with their daughter watching. It’s 20-minutes long and has 3.5M views on YouTube. The same warning as above applies here.
Sarah, born in Germany but currently living in France, has also written a book on the topic of free birthing. She points out that, though rare, and therefore often shocking in our current culture, there is nothing unnatural about the process of unassisted home-birth.
“In old cultures the girls would watch their mothers give birth so they would know what it was like. Now the chance to do this is very small,” she told The Sun.
“This gives people the chance to see birth, and especially birth without intervention. It is a rare thing to see.”
Do you remember your birth story? Ask your mother, if you don’t…or check her social media feed.