Love & Family

Video of mum giving birth in Queensland rainforest goes viral

Mum who filmed herself giving birth in a stream with no midwife is blown away by internet's response

A video of a pregnant woman giving birth in a creek in Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest has gone viral – with over 52 million views since it was first posted 4 years ago.

Mother-of-four Simone Thurber says she’s ‘not hippy drippy’, but was desperate to give birth in the wild. Living in Melbourne at the time, the American-born mum had to abandon plans to give birth on the beach due to an infestation of jelly fish.

Thurber told The Daily Mail: ‘After 50 people watched it I thought OMG my friends have seen me really naked, after 500 I was shocked.’

‘To know that more than 52 million people have taken the time to watch me having my now four-year-old daughter Perouze and to get messages from mums and dads thanking me for sharing this intimate birthing experience because it helped them feel less stressed or scared about their birth choice decisions is great.’

Explaining why she wanted to give birth in nature, Thurber said, ‘I am not a hippy drippy mum but I wanted my fourth child to be born away from beeping machines and a hospital environment.’

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