Mother goes viral after birthing her son in the ocean (Photos and Video)


Mother goes viral after birthing her son in the ocean (Video)

Josy Peukert, 37, from Nicaragua, gave birth to her baby in the Pacific Ocean 

A new mother has gone viral after sharing a video of her giving birth to her son in the Pacific Ocean.

Josy Peukert, 37, uploaded a post on Instagram showing how she and her partner, Benni Cornelius, 42, drove to the beach so she could have her baby on the shoreline of Playa Majagual, Nicaragua.

She delivered her baby without medical assistance in a so-called ‘free birth’, after turning down scans throughout her pregnancy.

The video of waves crashing into her back as she writhes in pain through contractions has been watched over 200,000 times.

Josy said: ‘The waves had the same rhythm as the contractions, that smooth flow made me feel really good.’

There are no available statistics for how many freebirths take place around the world each year, however the number is believed to be small but growing.

The process is fraught with controversy, after a California woman’s baby was stillborn in 2018 following a six-day labor with no medical intervention

When Bodhi was two days old, Josy shared a video and birth story on her Instagram page @raggapunzel, where she has 6,800 followers and her video was shared all over the world. It has now been seen over 200,000 times.

However, after sharing her experience, Josy received some comments of concern and criticism about her choice to free birth in the sea.

One commenter asked: ‘Is this sanitary? There’s a lot of bacteria in the sea.’

Another wrote: ‘What a shock for that bubba – from a warm womb to the cold ocean.’

Responding to the trolls, she added: ‘Bodhi was born in the midday sun when it was about 35 degrees, we weren’t worried at all that he’d be cold and I had no concerns about waterborne infections.

‘He is perfectly healthy. I did all the research I needed to to make sure it was safe.

‘Water is a barrier that is medically proven.

‘For me and this baby I wanted to feel completely connected by my own self directed care.

‘This pregnancy was the greatest gift we could have imagined and wished for.’

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