A mum-of-two has shared an astonishing photo on her Facebook account after she delivered her baby boy unassisted in her bathroom.
Marissa Heckel, from Ohio in the US, can be seen in the photo holding onto her newborn son, who is still attached the unbiblical cord, with the placenta at her feet.
Taking to her social media account, Marissa revealed that she had planned to have her child unassisted after having a “horrible experience” in hospital while in labour with her daughter.
“I decided to stay at home and deliver my son upon finding out I was pregnant,” Marissa started the post.
“My husband was very supportive the entire time as he respected my body and my choice to be in a stress-free environment.”
She goes on to say that they decided to opt out of having am midwife present out of sheer “stubbornness”
“I simply do not like anyone trying to tell me what is best for me or my baby,” she wrote.
“Finances were not the issue in my case. Going unassisted was more of an opportunity for me to prove to others that God made our bodies to birth - that hospitals were never the norm.”
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Marissa stuck to her word and delivered her son in her bathroom after a 36-hour labour, the exact same amount of time she was in labour with her daughter.
“I chose to endure the pain standing up against the wall. I just kept telling myself ‘the pain is only temporary’,” she wrote.
“In the early morning, I began transition. Not exactly sure how long it lasted but it seemed to be a few hours.
“When the contractions and the pressure came my husband was bedside holding my hand.”
Marissa said it was nearly “romantic” having her husband’s full support, even though she was “practically roaring at this point”.
“When I felt the urge to push I attempted to stay in bed but felt much too ‘unnatural’ for me,” she said.
“I told my husband about my urge to push and asked for assistance to the toilet.
“I let my body do the pushing. I just sat on the toilet.”
Marissa said her husband was worried she had been pushing for too long and that their baby’s head might hit the toilet bowl.
“I then told him to help me up and that I was going to deliver the shoulders standing up,” she wrote.
“My husband looked at me like I was nuts but helped me anyway.
“I stood up, held onto the towel rack and let my body do one last push and he was finally out.
“My husband stood there in shock taking all the pictures. I've never felt so powerful and accomplished in my entire life.”
Their son was born 9 pounds 8 oz., 22 inches long with a 36cm head.
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