Madeleine’s Birth – a HBAC video

(Once you’ve pressed play, please select to watch this in HD, it’s much better. It’s the little cog symbol looking option).

If you read Belinda’s birth story last week you would know I had the very special honour of being present to document the arrival of her second daughter for her. If you haven’t read her story, please do before you watch.

53 Responses to “Madeleine’s Birth – a HBAC video”

  1. gravatar for Alanna Alanna

    Oh G!! This is Beautiful! Im so proud of you for making this wonderful memorable birth video. It is so so precious and WOW this Muma is a super woman! What a beautiful birth, so calm and collected. She should be so so sooooo proud of herself! Love this!! xx

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  2. gravatar for erin erin

    tears in my eyes, stained down my cheeks.
    sitting here watching this with my baby girl. and the moment that madeline was born ‘babeeeee’ from her little lips- reaching to grab her baby and clasp her to her chest, shushing her and rocking her.
    oh mama. you rock my world. thank you for sharing your beautiful, empowering, healing birth with all of us..

    thank you for being part of the courage and medicine for all birthing women around the world.

    you are incredible.

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  3. gravatar for Carissa Carissa

    :”) amazing Belinda :”) my first tears were seeing Jemima with her birthing doll and the look on her face when she heard you :) every little bit of the video was amazing and real…when you cried that you have “just given birth” was…there are no words :) amazing amazing amazing. The sense of joy, relief and awe that you shared with us, reminded me of my own feelings after the twins were born. Awesome video, awesome birth :) xo

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    • gravatar for Belinda Belinda

      Thank you Carissa for your lovely words. I am very blessed to have had it captured for me to always treasure.

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  4. gravatar for Jessiebella Jessiebella

    Bel, you beautiful raw strong birthing goddess, such an honour to be allowed to view this most intimate and powerful journey. Made me laugh, made me cry, gave me goosebumps. Love love love

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  5. gravatar for Jessica Jessica

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much Belinda for reminding me that I can do this again. I’ve been so much more fearful of labour the second time around, but watching this, as well as Georgia’s own birth video is giving me strength. xxoo Thankyou.

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  6. gravatar for Sara Sara

    Yes! Go Mama!

    The feeling of VBAC is just amazing, I can’t wait to do it again!

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  7. gravatar for Zoe Zoe

    Coming from a young woman looking at starting a family soon this blows me away…absolutely amazing and beautiful! I made my partner watch it and his just nodded his head with this strange confused look on his face… I love what you do! If only you lived closer to me!!

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  8. gravatar for Sarah Sarah

    Such unprecedented overwhelming emotion captured so beautifully. Belinda you are a true inspiration and no doubt will help many women find faith in their bodies and trust in birth. Thankyou for sharing your story xo

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  9. gravatar for Kellie Kellie

    Wow, just cried tears of joy at your beautiful video, just so beautiful and real, definitely made me reflect on my own births and what an awesome, natural and amazing experience birth is. I just love the moment a mother holds her newborn child, absolutely priceless! Thank you for sharing xo

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  10. gravatar for Cassie Cassie

    This was so amazing and beautiful. I feel so uplifted after watching and reading your story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Rachel was my lecturer and tutor at the university of the sunshine coast when I did nursing. She inspired me to become a midwife. I look up to her and value her. I have now stopped nursing mid way and begun my bachelor in midwifery in Melbourne. Thank you for inspiring me more with your courage and strength – I hope I can be as courageous as you when I have children.

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    • gravatar for Belinda Belinda

      She is awesome isn’t she! And of course you can be as courageous! It doesn’t mean not having fear, it just means stepping out inspire of it. Good luck with your journey

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  11. gravatar for Lauren Lauren

    Oh man. Crying like a baby here.
    I gave birth two weeks ago (2nd homebirth) and it was very challenging, but watching this video brought back all the feelings of joy and triumph from my first homebirth. Thank you for sharing! Thank you so very much! Now I have to go find some tissues.

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    • gravatar for Belinda Belinda

      I hope you found those tissues, and I hope you are enjoying your babymoon too :)

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  12. gravatar for Rach Rach

    Belinda you are an amazing woman. I am (hopefully) having a home waterbirth in a few weeks time and feel so inspired by you.

    Georgia, as ever, beautiful work. I wish I could afford to fly you half way around the world to film my homebirth.

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  13. gravatar for Ali Ali

    Thank you for sharing this, it is so powerful! Almost 10 months ago I had my own VBAC, a delightfully transformative and unbelievable experience. I was too exhausted to cry at the time, and the feelings were too big for me to process in the moment. Watching yiur strength and pride put me in touch with my own and, as I watched, I cried for us both. What a gift.

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    • gravatar for Belinda Belinda

      Thank you. I am very touched to read your response. I hope that you have reconnected with those feelings of triumph. Birth is a really big deal! It should evoke great intense feelings :)

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  14. gravatar for Alicia Alicia

    Congratulations! What an amazing Birthing goddess you are. There is something super special about homebirth – and VBAC as well! So thrilled for you xx

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  15. gravatar for Marike Marike

    Wow! This is a beautiful story and by far one of the most gorgeous and powerful videos I have ever had the priviledge of seeing – I watched in silent awe throughout and the second you gave that last mighty push and bub came out I burst into tears, goosebumps all over! Thank you so much for sharing!
    I have three beautiful children, all born via c/s and to this day I dont feel that I have “given birth”…it is a difficult path, I did however have the joy of being in labour with my third one (first two were c/s done before I was due because of the usual “too small, baby getting too big and distressed and of course once a c/s,always a c/s”
    Its impossible to explain to someone who hasnt been there what an impact it has on you,not knowing if your body is able to birth a baby by itself…after 36 hours of beautiful and incredibly intense and painful labour, 8cm dilated my little girl’s head would not tuck in, no matter what we tried so it was back to theatre again, but at least this time I felt like I had more to do with her birth, labour had started spontaneously, I was flushed with all those natural hormones and I got to experience contractions, mucous plug and waters breaking!!! Most people laugh when I tell them this as those arent seen to be glorius factors of birth but to me they were. If we ever have another, I will again endevour to have a VBAC, thank you for showing it can be done, so so empowering!
    Enjoy your angels, lots of love Marike

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    • gravatar for Belinda Belinda

      Whoops! My reply to you got posted underneath instead of in reply to you. I hope you get to see it

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  16. gravatar for Jane Jane

    Wanted to add a big congrats to your partner as it can be so hard to overcome fears when coming from a medical field, what healing for him also.
    Jane

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    • gravatar for Belinda Belinda

      Thanks Jane. It really is hard for them. He has really struggled. It was a massive ask, but he loves me dearly and met me where I was at. I think he would have preferred me to be in his comfort zone, with an anaesthetist in sight etc…. If fact he wouldn’t let me go private because of the distance from the hospital that the anaesthetists are, which is one of the reasons that we went public. but yeah. He really did well and I am so proud of him.

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  17. gravatar for Belinda Belinda

    Marike, I can truly empathise with not knowing if your body can do it, whether you can give birth or not. I read “birthing from within”, during this pregnancy and it asks you to find you question. Mine was “am I enough?”. It is really hard to labour with that doubt in your mind, as you truly don’t know if you just hold on and relax as much as possible and cope as best you can whether your body will just do what it needs to do. I was lucky that around me I had an enormous amount of women who had shown the way. My sister, so many of her friends nd clients(she was a doula for many years). One friend Liza was told that her first 8pound baby was too big for her hips, then she had a repeat c/s, cos that is what her OB recommended for her second 8pound baby, she got really informed and had great support for her third pregnancy and vbac’d that 9 pound baby in hospital and then went ahead and had a super quick home birth with her 10 pound baby girl. I had stories like this around me for the two years between pregnancies where I prepared myself for this labour. I think that was part of the reason I did so well, was because I knew it could be done with the right support. With people who understood that interrupting a woman labouring is going to stop the natural flow of hormones that help us labour well. If you ever do find yourself preparing for a vbac’d again, look at what Michael odent writes about birth and how to maintain the normal physiology of labour. Most of it centres around not disturbing a labouring woman. Anyway it this reply wasn’t meant to be a thesis on vbac! It was meant to say thank you. Your response touched me because I know how your heart feels and I want to encourage you. Our hearts know what our bodies want to do…. The trick is finding supportive care that understands that you are the authority on your own body and your own labour and protects, supports and believes in you to get the job done. Xx bel

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  18. gravatar for Michelle Michelle

    Thankyou for sharing such a precious moment of your lives with us. Your birth video was the first that I have seen that made me cry. It was just so beautiful and what I had hoped for with my daughters birth. Hopefully I will achieve it next time around.

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  19. gravatar for Holly Holly

    That was absolutely beautiful! I am still crying as I write this. My daughter is 18 months old, and I hope and pray that I will have a VBAC with my next child. I have been doing a lot of research and feel pretty confident, but seeing something so beautiful captured in such a special way really gives me hope. Thank you so much for sharing this!!
    -Holly

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  20. gravatar for gabrielle gabrielle

    Absolutely beautiful. Everything I wished my first birth could have been, this give me hope as I think about HBAC in the future. So empowering and simply breathtaking, I am seeing this video as a mother and an photographer, very nicely made, excellent attention to details.

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  21. gravatar for Ruth Ruth

    What a beautiful video….thank you so much for sharing that :) I have 6 babies all born via c-section…I was uninformed about my choice to vbac until pregnant with baby #5. Hubby and I researched like crazy…and I went into labour the night before my scheduled c/s, and with #6. After hours of labour, nothing happening and baby pushing on my c/s scar I ended up having RCS. God was with me though as I’d never gone into labour before, and I had a dehisence with both of them. I am thinking about becoming a Doula here in New Zealand once my baby (now 19mths) is a bit bigger. I want to help educate other woman about vbac, hbac and waterbirth. Blessings to you and your family xx

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  22. gravatar for Katryn Katryn

    Thank you for sharing this. I am in tears as I write this. I too am a nursing sister. We had our beautiful daughter, Katelan, last year November. I planned a water birth with a Midwife at a birthing house but after hours of labouring I went to hospital for pain mends and ended up having a C/S. I was so filled with disappointment in myself and my abilities and thinking what if… I had been stronger. Now we’re pregnant again and I’m due next year end of March. I have my mind set on having a VBAC but… I’m so scared I’m just not strong enough, so scared that I can’t do it again. This was immensely encouraging! Thank you for sharing your story!

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  23. gravatar for Andrea Andrea

    Way to go, Mama! That was so incredibly beautiful and empowering! :) Thank you for sharing such a special moment in your live. (Georgia, you are so talented… I am in awe!)

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  24. gravatar for Ashley Ashley

    Wow the joy and relief on your face when you bring the little to your chest – just beautiful. I want to save this video for when I am ready for a second in a few years. I hope to birth at home after an unexpected early delivery at the hospital and seeing this gives me strength and hope!

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  25. gravatar for Cass Cass

    There is nothing more beautiful than that moment… That moment of sudden and startling happiness when you welcome you newborn into the world… But oh! What an amazing job you did of capturing it too! So delicate and sensitive and gentle. You do have a gift Georgia! And an invaluable one at that. This video took me right back, right back to that moment when I held my babies in my arms for the first time. You brought back a little of that amazing joy of discovery and love. Thank you for doing what you do! And thank you to this beautiful woman for letting you share it xxx

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  26. gravatar for Lydia Lydia

    This is the most beautiful thing. I am crying my eyes out. Congratulations Mama, you did a wonderful job. So beautiful!

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