Mother Goes Viral after ‘ ꜰʀᴇᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜ’ Her Son In The Ocean With ɴᴏ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ Assistance

This proud new mom is making a sᴘʟᴀsʜ online. Peukert, who welcomed her son into the world in the ocean has said her experience was “worry-free” and made her “feel really good”, despite comments from some who claim it ᴡᴀsɴ’ᴛ “sᴀɴɪᴛᴀʀʏ”.

Josy Peukert,37, posted her original Instagram video back in February, but it’s just now blowing up to the tune of 200,000-plus viral views thanks to social media word of mouth spreading. Video also showed Josy going through ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs, and while she may have seemed in ᴘᴀɪɴ in the clip, the mum insists the rhythm of the waves combined with her ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs actually made for a fairly pleasant experience. 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 ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ᴀssɪsᴛᴀɴᴄᴇ in a so-called ‘ꜰʀᴇᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜ’, after ᴛᴜʀɴɪɴɢ ᴅᴏᴡɴ sᴄᴀɴs throughout her ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ.

 

She said: “The waves had the same rhythm as the ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs, that smooth flow made me feel really good. I got this idea in my head I wanted to give birth in the ocean and because the conditions were right on the day that’s what I did.” The mum-of-four sent her children to stay with friends once she knew her ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ was starting, and she and her partner drove to the beach with a ʙɪʀᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴛᴏᴏʟ ᴋɪᴛ – including towels, a bowl with a sieve to catch the ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ, gauze and paper towels. The couple welcomed their son, Bodhi Amor Ocean Cornelius, in the water on February 27 before packing up and driving back home. And the mum says her ʙɪʀᴛʜɪɴɢ experience was “worry-free” ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ any doctors or midwives involved, which was a stark difference for her compared to previous ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀs she has ᴇɴᴅᴜʀᴇᴅ.

She explained: “After Bodhi was born and wrapped up in towels I went back into the ocean to freshen up. Then I got dressed and we packed everything up and drove home where the three of us got straight into bed. I wanted to be worry, free for once. My first birth was ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ in a ᴄʟɪɴɪᴄ and my second birth was a home birth but by the third, even a ᴍɪᴅᴡɪꜰᴇ in my home was too much. This time I had no doctor’s appointments or sᴄᴀɴs or outside ɪɴꜰʟᴜᴇɴᴄᴇ. We didn’t have a due date or deadline for the baby to arrive we just trusted that our baby would make its way. I had no ꜰᴇᴀʀs or ᴡᴏʀʀɪᴇs to welcome a new little sᴏᴜʟ into our lives, just me, my partner and the waves. It was beautiful. The soft volcanic sand under me reminded me there is nothing else between heaven and earth just life.”

Her ᴜɴᴄᴏɴᴠᴇɴᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ ʙɪʀᴛʜɪɴɢ method was praised by many commenters, with one Instagram fan writing: “What a legend, what a mother, what a lucky boy! Pure nature is all you need.” “All I keep thinking is how much that salt water will help with healing — congratulations,” said another. Other supporters called her decision “so empowering.”

However, Josy also received some comments of ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇʀɴᴇᴅ about whether or not the little one’s birth was “sᴀɴɪᴛᴀʀʏ”. “Is this sᴀɴɪᴛᴀʀʏ? There’s a lot of ʙᴀᴄᴛᴇʀɪᴀ in the sea,” wondered one skeptic, while another wrote, “What a sʜᴏᴄᴋ for that bubba — from a warm womb to the cold ocean.” However, Peukert dismissed critics, explaining, “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 ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀʙᴏʀɴᴇ ɪɴꜰᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴs. He is perfectly healthy. I did all the research I needed to to make sure it was safer. Water is a barrier that is ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ  proven. For me and this baby, I wanted to feel completely connected by my own self directed care. This ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ was the greatest gift we could have imagined and wished for.”

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