Your front row seat to home birthing.

By Blake Bakkila
May 23, 2018

Giving birth on TV follows a very specific script. There’s a strategically placed sheet covering the lower half of an exhausted mom who pushes and pushes, and then boom! Baby is born.

But in a recently resurfaced video, we see the miracle of childbirth very up close and personal: The soon-to-be mom is standing up and leaning on a bookshelf while delivering her fifth child. It was posted on social media by Flor Cruz, a doula who runs the Instagram account @badassmotherbirther. Cruz gave the mom, Sarah Schmid, a shout-out for her natural home birth.

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“Sarah Schmid gave birth using nothing but her [embedded] instincts, a towel underneath her and a book shelf for support,” Cruz wrote in a post shared last week. That's an apt description. The camera gives viewers a look at the baby’s head as it crowns and comes out, followed by arm, legs, and feet. Schmid then holds her newborn in her arms. 

Though Cruz posted the clip recently, the original video went on Schmid's YouTube page in January 2017. In it, she called it a “fast birth.”

In a translated document, Schmid described each of her five pregnancies. Here’s what she said about this birth experience.

“I had my first expulsive contraction as the film crew arrived and my waters went," she explained. While leaning on the bookcase for support, she says she "tried not to push wildly with the contractions (though the temptation was most definitely there) but attempted to breathe the baby down a la Hypnobirthing.” (Hypnobirthing is a mind-body technique that has an expectant mom meditate so she can relax during labor and delivery).