After a video of a woman giving birth in the ocean went viral, the internet was split about how the delivery should be handled. The video of the birth of her son Bodhi on the beach has been seen more than 200,000 times since it was posted.
While the waves slammed her back, Josy got down on all fours on the beach to give birth naturally.
“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,” Josy explained.
On the day of the delivery, the couple came prepared with a birthing tool kit that included towels, gauze, paper towels, and a basin with a sieve inside it to collect the placenta.
“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,” Josy added.
Josy, who is now the mother of four children, revealed that she wanted to give birth naturally without the assistance of any medical professionals because she feels that such assistance diminishes what the female body is capable of doing on its own.
When she shared her story online, Josy got some comments of concern and criticism, and those remarks were directed at her decision to give birth naturally in the ocean.
One commenter asked: “Is this sanitary? There’s a lot of bacteria in the sea.”
Another worried viewer added: “What a shock for that bubba – from a warm womb to the cold ocean.”
Despite this, the mother maintained her stance, reassuring them, “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 waterborne infections. He is perfectly healthy. I did all the research I needed to to make sure it was safe.”
“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. This time I had no doctors appointments or scans or outside influence. 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 fears or worries to welcome a new little soul into our lives, just me, my partner and the waves. It was beautiful,” she added.
Josy continued by saying that the first few weeks with baby Bodhi have been a joy and that he is “just as relaxed as he was in my tummy.”