One woman who decided to give birth freely has recalled the moment she welcomed her son into the world, then had to resuscitate him and remove the placenta.
Free birth, also known as unassisted childbirth, is when a woman intentionally gives birth at home without a doctor or midwife accompanying her.
Alice Llani took to TikTok to recount her birth story, as she shared a video on which she wrote: “When people argued with me but didn’t realize I left my son alone in the toilet by myself myself, resuscitated it, put my hand inside. to pull my placenta out, then bf (breastfed) it for 16 months.”
In other videos on the social media site, Alice went into more detail about her birthing experience, explaining that while she went into labor for 31 hours in the bathtub, she actually gave birth in the toilet.
“If you’re trying to push a baby that’s been born without breaking your tailbone/ripping off your food but I wouldn’t risk it,” she said.
She also explained why her son, called Fern, needed help breathing when he was first born.
“Everything happened so quickly when I pushed Fern out,” she said.
“The labor lasted 31 hours but the pushing was quick… I watched the free births non-stop so when he came out my focus wasn’t on ‘Ah, I there’s a baby’, it’s checking on him, because I’m a ‘doctor’.
“So I looked up his colors and his colors were good, but he didn’t breathe right away.”
While Alice and her husband gave Fern a minute, he then “tried to breathe”, so she used a suction bulb to help suck up the “gob” on his chest.
After giving birth, Alice was tasked with trying to deliver her placenta, but the placenta stubbornly refused to come out.
“I was getting tired,” she said. “I slept a lot during labor but I was still very sleepy. I was afraid I would oversleep because the placenta was still inside.
“I’ve tried all sorts of natural ways to get the placenta removed… And it’s been really stressful trying to do that with the baby that’s attached to me because the placenta isn’t very long.”
So Alice decided to cut the umbilical cord, cut closest to her hand so that Fern had most of the umbilical cord.
She then placed him in the crib beside his father, and went back to the bathroom to try and deliver the placenta.
“I tried to push – I tried to push in the same position that I pushed the baby out, I coughed a lot – to no avail,” she said.
“So then I have to find out where my placenta is – has it gone through the cervix or is it still up?
“So I stuck my whole hand up there and it was really close, so I just made sure I reached my hand up to the top and took it out. That hurt, but pushed my baby out. not.”
Alice also likened the free birth to a “31 hours of meditation” and, as she is currently expecting her second child, said she would like to have a similar experience around this time.
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https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/8185783/woman-gives-birth-toilet-pulls-out-own-placenta/ I gave birth to my son in the toilet and had to remove the placenta myself but it was amazing