My Natural Childbirth – Part 3, Afterbirth

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Miranda Gonzo says:

I understand the opinions that the nurses being all over that baby was a
bad thing but please let me explain this from a nursing perspective. There
are 2 really good reasons to dry the baby fast: decrease heat loss and
stimulate breathing (crying). Baby’s are not very good at thermoregulation,
a big way that they lose heat is when they are wet. Baby’s are also not
able to shiver (and produce more heat). Being cold causes them to use up
brown fat and can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which can cause
respiratory distress. These are both prevented by drying the baby. the
motion of drying also stimulates the cry AKA breathing. You will notice
that every time the nurse dries the baby it starts crying, this is so good
for the baby! Before this baby was dried you could tell it was having a
little difficulty breathing because it was blue (needed oxygen), and was
also flaring it’s nostrils, this is a classic sign of difficulty breathing.
Hope this is helpful to you mothers-to-be.

Willow Tree says:

Oh gosh I was crying seeing my son for the first time gosh I know the

christine cantu says:

I don’t like how the nurse acted they seemed to be annoyed with you and
your husband. We can’t all get along and personalities can clash but
clearly the nurse is in the wrong work field. I denied a c section I’m 40
weeks Monday and I want a natural birth no pain meds or inductions. I’d
rather have him at home then deal with grumpy nurse’s 

Laura Williams says:

No matter how many times I watch births in the US – from vlogs like yours,
to daily vloggers, to loving friends I have known for 11+ years & have
heard their stories – I don’t think I will ever truly come around to the
way women birth in the US or the way hospitals run there. It makes me
increasingly uncomfortable to watch how a newborn is often immediately
taken away to have a full wash or ‘hose down’, weighed, fully checked
before returning to mother – often not having that very precious 1:1 time
that is not only important for bonding, but just to gaze at one another,
precious time you can never capture again. I can’t understand the
mentatility of women being so scared, horrified or disgusted by blood or
vernix or their own newborn baby they have ‘lovingly’ made & grown for 9+
months. To have that ‘thing’ (I don’t even know what it’s called!) shoved
up its mouth & nose to ‘clear’ its airways – we do NOT have that in the UK,
a baby with no complications is capable of clearing its own lungs – the
most natural process of all. If a baby is slightly blue, a good rub down &
a teeny amount of oxygen (if necessary) to stimulate a good bellowing cry /
cough is all they need before being passed back to mum or dad, although the
rub down can often be down either on mum or right infront of her.

And what on earth is that..antiseptic rubbish they put on newborns eyes
over there?! That’s never done here, ever.
A simple plain warmth sponge wash down is all the baby has before being
dressed, no baths after, they even recommend no baths for a week for
newborns so you don’t dry their sensitive new skin out – & wait until the
cord has fully dried up & fallen off. A good warm cloth or sponge is fine
around the neck creases, a bottom wash, & a face wash – but no full on tap
running baths with soaps & potions.
The natural deliveries in the US are what mothers in the UK go through
daily, although there is no competition there, labour & birth is a
beautiful thing regardless – but I’m often baffled by the constant epidural
fascination. The % rate for epidurals in the UK compared to the US is tiny,
as are C-Section rates. All our hospitals are midwifery led, not doctor or
nurse led, we have a range of drugs before reaching that stage (gas & air
being the main choice for most women), & if you don’t have a high risk
pregnancy & you would like a home birth that can be easily arranged (& you
can also have portable gas & air at home). You’re often home within 24
hours after mother & baby have both had their checks, a few more days for
higher risk patients. You have midwifery visits at home for a few weeks
after delivery & a health visitor, who help with breastfeeding, check
bleeding, signs of baby blues or PND, baby checks (weight, general stats,
checking they’re settling in well).

The midwife will never interfere if you don’t want them to, if you have a
stipulated birth plan or even a rough guide, they’ll ask before checking
you, or keep it to a bare minimum if that’s what you’d prefer, even be kind
enough to be completely in the background if the mother prefers peace –
they’re a wonderful asset to our county & many women (no – all) would not
be here or be able to have successful pregnancies, labours & deliveries
without them. They’re remarkable!

I think because there is such a vast difference in cultures from here to
the US, I find it difficult to fully accept that women have already made
their mind up of having an epidural before even knowing what labour &
delivery is like, without knowing the risks to themselves or the baby. I am
by no means anti epidural – but from what I’ve seen it’s given out as often
as candy is to children at Halloween. Is this due to scaremongering over
the years to women? Pressure from doctors / nurses due to insurance
companies paying out to the hospitals (so, down to financial gain? Preying
on the women at a vulnerable time? I know this was a case for a dear friend
of mine who gave in after several hours of being pestered & had Pethidine –
she has since had a successful home delivery & is having another at
Christmas – drug free as she felt she could the first time but wasn’t given
the option, sadly). Are they frightened of the pain? I am genuinely
interested. Having had a recent discussion on Gabe&Jess’ vlog I was shocked
to see very young teenage girls stating they would not hesitate to have an
epidural when they have children – it saddened me greatly.

I thought your vlogs on your births were beautiful MamaNatural, & I
congratulate you on your beautiful children! They’re honest, informative,
raw, & thought provoking – if this can help aid at least one person to look
deeper into their own delivery & make it special & right to them, you’ve
done your job. I apologise for my long comment, I’m not even sure you will
read this, but I felt your vlogs truly hit a cord that has been digging
away at me with curiosity for some time. Sorry for my rambles. I thought it
would be interesting – even for me – to write down just a few comparisons i
have found over the years of the vast differences from the majority of US
delivery’s to UK delivery’s. This is obviously no reflection on your birth
vlogs, as none of the above happened – other than an over pushy nurse, of
All the very best! X

choclatshar1 says:

I love how you were confident and comfortable enough to tell the nurse to
stop. You and dad questioned her and told her that you liked the vernix. So
empowering to see for other moms who feel like they can’t question the
medical profrssionals procedures. Great jib and beautiful baby! 

Jessica H says:

I have read of the several comments here. What I don’t understand is why
she couldn’t dry off her own baby. I understand it is important to dry the
baby but, it seems like something she could have done herself.

Jaee Jay says:

Wow.. the nurse was just trynna do her job and make sure your damn baby was
okay. YEET up outta here with that attitude

sashagirl1013 says:

So beautiful! My first birth with my son was amazing, 7 hours of labor, 4
pushes and he was here! My second birth with my daughter was awful, 24 1/2
hours of labor and she was born breech, had her naturally with no pain
meds. This was 26 years ago and I only had 2 ultrasounds, first at 5 months
and second at 7 months so my doctor had no idea until she was coming that
she was breech. Thankfully it all worked out but goodness it was a tough

rachel scott says:

I think when u said is she ok and that she was blue that’s why the nurse
came by and whipped her to make sure everything was ok even though the baby
started to cry after that

yaphace says:

Okay. I’m a guy, but if i’d’ve just given birth , I’d be like, “Okay. All
ya’ll? Ya’ll gotta go. Everybody get out.” Granted, I’ve never had a baby
(I can give birth), but all those people milling about, putting hats on,
moving the baby, weighing the child, I’d just be like, “Get out.” All that
mulling around seems unnecessary. Just watching all these people move about
in the video is an annoyance to me. That’s too many people. Birth was
“natural” up until the 50’s and the 60’s, and what did people do back then?
The mortality rate was also lower. I don’t know how she made it through,
the mum, good for her and her little blessing and husband, my mama told me
she threw everybody out when I was born, ha ha, and I turned out just fine.
😉 Thank you for sharing this moment with us. 

Rachel Tauriainen says:

Yeah, be nice to nurses. They’re usually doing their best and might even
know something that you don’t. This woman irritates me just a tad. 

krissy beaubien says:

I love watching your videos yet I think that a home birth would be a better
situation for everyone griping about the nurse. Personally, I feel that she
was needed. There are facts that support wiping the baby after birth,
especially if the baby is indeed, blue. If anything, the mother should be
trying to warm the baby by wiping him/her down. I’m happy the nurse was
doing her job and being more concerned about the health of the baby instead
of the feelings of his/her parents.

ShaysLovelyFace says:

Its sad to see so many negative comments towards us nurses, we do a lot and
work hard at our jobs. I seen nothing wrong with the way they did their
job. A baby should be 80% dry as soon as possible, a wet baby in a colder
environment than your womb is just asking for bad news. The baby hadn’t
cried yet so she was stimulating her, nothing rough or wrong about it. I am
sorry you feel you had such a bad experience with them, I hope if and when
you need a nurse for you or your child you will feel more appreciative for
the work we do! Adorable baby by the way, congratulations! 

Baylee Webb says:

Omg I love how you were just like “No! Don’t touch my baby!” Lol, I
wouldn’t want a bunch of people touching my kid either.

Makota Ookami says:

1:53 “gray, your clothes” -fairy tale

Sharon Hill says:

My word you looked beautiful after just having baby!!

lafiglia100 says:

Agree with everybody who’s saying the nurses should have backed off and let
the parents have their moment.. Unless there’s actually something wrong
with the mommy or baby, I think everybody in the room should just leave
them alone for at least a few minutes and let them enjoy what they’ve been
waiting for for the past nine months.

PCalyssa says:

Good for you for telling the nurse to stop taking the vernix off! Maybe a
home birth next time? To avoid the conventional doctors?

m smith says:

I wish wish wish those of you who want a natural child birth, but still
want to come to the hospital, would realize there are certain things
nurses/doctors must do because of standards of care. If we could, we would
love to leave you alone and let you do whatever you want, BUT, you are now
in our facility. Also, we can’t in all good consciousness potentially do
harm by not doing what we must when we see a potential issue.
So, when you’re telling the nurse to “BACK OFF”, what the nurse is
observing is a baby who is still blue with nasal flaring (and your kid did
not deserve a 9 on her first Apgar, as you well observed, she was blue
beyond that 1st minute of life). She’s asking herself, is this baby making
the transition (and it’s a big feat that seems easy) to extra uterine life
okay? She’s drying the baby off to stimulate a cry to assist in getting
those alveoli filled with oxygen and decreasing the high pressures in the
pulmonary artery so your baby can oxygenate herself. You’re kid did
beautifully and that’s great, but since your nurse can’t tell the future,
she doesn’t know this and it’s why she felt the need to intervene. She has
certain rules she must abide when newborns don’t follow the path that our
standards have laid out. If there’s a bad outcome, she has to answer as to
why she didn’t intervene. If her answer is because a lay person said she
didn’t want her to, will probably not be good enough.
If you don’t want intervention, PLEASE consider delivering at home. Then
we don’t have to deal with you and you don’t have to deal with us. If you
do want to deliver in a hospital, school yourself as to why we do some of
the things we have to do in order to keep you safe, maybe that would help
keep the tension you mentioned down. When you show up to the hospital
ready to deliver, there’s no time to review much of your prenatal, no time
to learn much about your pregnancy, wishes,…..So, look into yourself a
little, try to learn where we’re coming from and give the hospital
personnel a little break, would ya? And maybe even a thank you would be in
order. Yeah, you did all the work, but you came to the hospital for a
reason. I’m guessing to let the professionals make extra sure all would be
well. Don’t forget that part.

Kaitlin Brooke says:

Nurses have been trained to dry the baby off and all that good stuff. And
yea it might be annoying. But it’s helping the baby. So instead of just
shoving the nurse off to the side and letting your baby be wet and cold.
Just let the nurse do her job. 

Danielle C says:

Loved the birthing parts but actually soooo annoying you kept stoping to
give running commentary! That annoying i had to turn off! 

Crystal Wright says:

Did you have in your birth plan that you didn’t want the baby wiped and
weighed right away? I was disappointed the nurse took the baby from her
daddy’s arms like that! 

rachel scott says:

But yeah I understand though

Dj zero says:

I remember with my son being so over protective and hating nurses etc
handling him.. telling them off for it haha and here I am now my son just
over 2 and in 2 weeks time im expecting my little girl I just hope for a
less traumatic birth this time.

MsModernwarefare2 says:

That baby has that fresh taper fade

chloe spicer says:

How beautiful and amazing! You are such a strong woman! I am almost 7
weeks, and debating on how to make my birth plan. After watching this I am
going to strongly consider no epidural. I feel like it is strange to not
feel it, because naturally we are supposed to. I have such mixed feelings!
So sorry those nurses were so rude and annoying! I could so tell you and
your man were getting frustrated with her. Your midwife was great but
goodness, that nurse was so overstepping. Like, give me a second to bond
with my baby girl i just birthed! ahhh, such an amazing video. god bless
all 4 of you. Your husband is sooo sweet and precious. You go GIRL!

Bec Fos says:

Beautiful baby girl. Congrats :) However to Mum.. it appears you gave birth
on MTV in the 90’s. Your stripey jumpsuit top, commentary with perfectly
straightened hair and makeup is totally conflicting with your “super
natural childbirth”. I have no doubt at all that your childbirth was
natural, but seriously.. flogging it as a “natural childbirth” MTV style is
in very bad taste. Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl, but
really.. put the whole natural thing away if you’re going to “market” it as
natural. You MAY have given birth natural, and for that I commend you, but
your obscene “marketing” of this natural process has lost you many brownie
points.You could have sent the same message without the fake MTV glamor
shots and in much better taste,

Jason Axford says:

Thanks for sharing. We’re halfway through gestation. Going to find out the
gender in two days.

theresalovespink says:

I almost died when the nurse went to clean the baby.. The way she picked
her head up… No support on the neck at all… OMG I hate that.. I am glad
your husband saved her… Man :/

Maddie Geller says:

Wow, the nurses are so pushy! Ugh

ismael madrigal says:

Why doesn’t your husband have a shirt on?

Sam R says:

you like that stuff…. eughhhhhh discusting

Alicia Sarrazin-Lenart says:

Perhaps the “conventional” team was paying a lot of attention to her
because it was very fast, which has some risks associated with it. Drying
off is extremely important for temperature regulation and it stimulates
breathing. You know, to get rid of that blueish tone? Natural is great, its
safest. But there are reasons medical staff do what they do. They have seen
stillborns, they have seen pink crying babies take sudden turns for the
worse. Immediate assessment is extremely important. Bonding is also
important, but breathing is more important. 

Mrs. Anon says:

That nurse WAS sort of pushy and intrusive. I suppose they are trained that
way so they can jump right in during an emergency. She was just trying to
be helpful.

Cassy Henry says:

I get doing everything natural but the nurses were really only doing their

Andrea Barrios says:

Your husband is kind of annoying. 

Kimmie Starks says:

That’s how my son came out same way your dauber did lol such a blessing

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