Giving birth should always be as peaceful as mom Audra Lynn makes it look! But we know this video of her water birth captures such a special, rare moment of calm and beauty that often eludes women during delivery. Her midwife Lisa Marie Sanchez Oxenham filmed the serene water birth and uploaded it to Instagram and Facebook. The internet quickly responded with awe, appreciation, and hope. Anxiety and worry about giving birth are common feelings, and this video shows that the process isn’t always a stressful, highly medicalized, and scary experience. My doula gave me some birthing videos to watch when I was pregnant with my son, and I found them fascinating and so helpful (although none were quite as tranquil as the mama in the video). My only previous exposure to the birthing process was what I had seen in movies, which are basically caricature versions of women giving birth, so seeing a real person’s experience was enlightening and definitely helped me prepare to labor with and deliver my son. This home water birth in California was Audra Lynn’s second, and her new baby basically arrives after a few intense-looking, but calmly endured contractions. Although first time moms-to-be may not have a sublimely peaceful birth like Audra Lynn’s, seeing a calm birth in action is clearly intriguing: the video has had over 16 million views since it was uploaded on September 3rd. Whether your own birth experience was similar to Lynn’s or didn’t quite go as planned, it’s comforting to see the beautiful ways our bodies can bring life into the world.

via BBC