A mother who gave birth to her child in the ocean redefines what water birth is.
A woman is making waves on social media for giving birth naturally without any assistance—was this safe?
In the Pacific Ocean, Josy Peukert gave birth to her son, who was appropriately named Bodhi Amor Ocean Cornelius.
There was just her and her husband, Benni Cornelius.
In February, he captured the natural birth on camera at Playa Majagual in Nicaragua.
Many of the tens of thousands of commenters praised the new mother and dubbed the video “beautiful,” but others expressed grave concern.
“Is it sanitary? There’s a lot of bacteria in the sea,” one person asked.
Others deemed childbirth without assistance dangerous. Fetal distress, which can be fatal, can occur during labour and delivery for anyone, even those who had pregnancies without complications.
Peukert, who is the mother of seven additional children, also skipped prenatal appointments. For her family’s sake, she thought a natural pregnancy and free birth were best.
“My first birth was traumatic in a clinic, and my second birth was a home birth, but by the third, even a midwife in my home was too much,” Peukert told the New York Post. “This time, I had no doctor’s appointments or scans or outside influence.”
And Peukert is shrugging off criticism that what she did was unsafe. “He is perfectly healthy,” Peukert told the Post. “I did all the research I needed to to make sure it was safer. Water is a barrier that is medically proven.”
Regarding free births, Bodhi and Peukert are doing well, and it’s wonderful that her birth plan went according to plan. No matter where the delivery takes place, experts advise going to prenatal appointments and having an OB-GYN or midwife present to ensure the mother and child’s safety.
Unless a safety concern arises, providers are typically willing to adhere to a person’s birth preferences, such as unmedicated vaginal home births and delayed cord clamping.
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