WATCH: Video of Woman Giving Birth in a Stream Goes Viral WATCH: Video of Woman Giving Birth in a Stream Goes Viral
Simone Thurber brings a new meaning to the term “natural childbirth.” The mother of four gave birth to her youngest child, Perouze, in a truly... WATCH: Video of Woman Giving Birth in a Stream Goes Viral

Simone Thurber brings a new meaning to the term “natural childbirth.” The mother of four gave birth to her youngest child, Perouze, in a truly organic fashion—no pain relief, no doctors, no hospital…just a woman, a stream and the miracle of life.

Thurber, who is also a doula, shared a video of the event on YouTube. In it, she finds a beautiful spot in the Australian Daintree Rainforest, squats down for a while, delivers her baby and holds her child close—all within under 25 minutes.

Note: This video contains graphic content.

“This video is of my fourth birth,” she wrote in the caption field of the video, which was posted three years ago. “It was the singular most transforming event of my life and my most conscious act as a woman to date,” The video has been viewed over 52 million times. It’s not new, but the clip—and Thurber’s story—have been earning lots of attention in the past few days…but that wasn’t her intention.

“I didn’t put the video online to make a statement,” she says, according to the New York Post. “I simply thought a few people would be interested in what it would be like to give birth in nature, and to inspire women that if they wanted to, they could have a child outside a hospital. I never expected the massive interest.”

The Post reports that Thurber’s first three daughters were born via home births, but delivering in nature had always been her dream.

“I am not a hippy drippy mom, but I wanted my fourth child to be born away from beeping machines and a hospital environment,” she says. “Let’s face it, women have been giving birth in the wild for thousands of years, but the thought of a modern women squatting in a creek and giving birth horrified many people even before I gave birth and shared the video.”

Though she lives in Park City, Utah, now, Thurber credits her upbringing for her birthing idea. “My parents had been missionaries in Papua New Guinea,” she reveals. “I remember mom often telling us when a local lady had her baby and how at the time when she was due to give birth she simply found a nice spot, pushed out the baby, breastfed it, and wrapped it in a carrier cloth, tied the child to her back and went about her business. That stuck with me and is one of the reasons I wanted to give birth to [my fourth child], Perouze, in the wild.”

When she found out she was pregnant for the fourth time, she and her then-husband (who has since passed away), Nick, decided to go through with delivering in the wild. Thurber went into labor at 11 p.m., and since it was dark outside, she thought her dream of having the baby outdoors wouldn’t happen….but she still hadn’t delivered the next morning.

So, when the sun came up, Thurber headed outside with Nick and their children. “Nick was filming and he gave the camera to our friend [when it was time for the baby to come out],” Thurber recalls. “He gave her head and shoulders a nudge and she came out…I immediately grabbed her and put her on my chest. The sun was shining, we were in a creek and we had a new baby.”

While Thurber has no regrets about her experience, it’s important to remember that she is a doula and that this plan isn’t recommended for everyone. “There was no doctor there and if something had gone wrong, it would have been very difficult to get to a hospital,” Thurber admits. “However, as a doula I knew the baby’s head was engaged and my body was telling me I had made the correct decision.”

Thurber has a Facebook page where she shares intel and opinions about birthing in nature, something she firmly believes in.

“Even now when I show Perouze the video or a friend or just watch it myself I am amazed,” she says.

Henry Okafor

  • Banyia

    2017-06-17 #1 Author

    Wow , how can this happen

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  • Shakesa lewis

    2017-06-17 #2 Author

    Giving birth is such an amazing experience there is nothing like meeting your true love for the first time your kid is the only one to ever hear your heartbeat from the inside.. just beautiful

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  • Shakesa lewis

    2017-06-17 #3 Author

    Beautiful experience there is nothing like giving birth no matter how you do it it’s amazing!!

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  • Kelly

    2017-06-17 #4 Author

    Omggggggg I was lost for words seeing this ! 🙊🙊🙊

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  • Parie lewis

    2017-06-17 #5 Author

    Omg Beautiful. Strong Women 💪🏽

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  • Charnai

    2017-06-17 #6 Author

    Wow such an amazing, strong woman! I couldn’t imagine going through something like that without medicine. Kuddos to you mommy 🙂

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  • Imani

    2017-06-17 #7 Author

    What an amazing thing to go through👶🏾

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  • Irene

    2017-06-18 #8 Author

    Child birth is one of the scariest most amazing experiences! To bring forth new life …. Certainly the greatest blessing!

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  • Tanisha

    2017-06-18 #9 Author

    Oooh wow very natural and beautiful

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  • Shanee Johnson

    2017-06-18 #10 Author

    Omg this is beautiful she’s a very strong women

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  • Aireona

    2017-06-18 #11 Author

    Giving birth is so precious no matter where you are!!

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  • Yikeria Cordy

    2017-06-18 #12 Author

    Dang this is a miracle I think it’s UNBELIEVABLE

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  • Amanda Thompson

    2017-06-18 #13 Author

    She’s a really strong person. I know when i had my daughter i wasn’t nearly this strong lol

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  • Dev

    2017-06-18 #14 Author

    Wow…. she’s a strong woman. When. I had my son 2 weeks ago I cried the entire time

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  • Jazmin

    2017-06-18 #15 Author

    Omg what a very very strong women

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  • Tammy Myrick

    2017-06-18 #16 Author

    Shes a trooper!! I was the biggest cry baby when I have birth. Much props to her! 💪

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  • Judii torres

    2017-06-19 #17 Author

    This is beautiful 😍😍 bringing a baby into this world is amazing no natter how you do it ❤

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  • Shonese

    2017-06-20 #18 Author

    Wow this is a beautiful 😍❤️ Babies are just an amazing part of life

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  • Jasmine Cook

    2017-06-20 #19 Author

    She’s a very strong woman , And She Brought Another Blessing Into the World !! 🙌🏾

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