Woman who gave birth in her garden called the labour ’empowering’

Woman who broadcast her drug-free labour online as she gave birth ALONE in her garden insists it was ’empowering’ – but viewers claim she ‘put her baby at risk’

  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Sarah Schmid, 36, originally from Germany, gave birth alone in her back garden in Alsace, France with no pain relief
  • The mother-of-six said filming the experience was ’empowering’ for women
  • She believes all women are capable of giving birth alone without intervention
  • This Morning viewers said she was risking her baby’s health with the move 

A woman who gave birth naked in her back garden before broadcasting the delivery online has claimed the process was ’empowering’ for women.

Sarah Schmid, 36, who is originally from Germany but lives in Alsace, France, gave birth to her sixth child without any medical assistance or pain relief and released the video last month.

Appearing on This Morning today, Sarah argued that women rarely see the reality of childbirth as it is never shown in films and TV.

Sarah had all six of her children – Johanna, 11, Jonathon, 10, Emanuel, eight, Elisabeth, six, Konstantin, three, and, Kiran, one – outside of hospital.

But viewers took to Twitter to criticise Sarah following her appearance, with many claiming her decision could have put the baby’s health at risk.

Sarah Schmid, 36, from Alsace, France, streamed the birth of her sixth child that took place in her garden without pain relief (pictured with her baby Kiran on This Morning today)

Speaking on This Morning, Sarah Schmid said she filmed the experience to empower other women as she says we don’t see what natural birth is like (pictured second right in her garden in France, after having her son)

More than 1.4 million people watched Sarah give birth, including her own kids, as she uploaded the footage to YouTube.

Defending her decision this week, Sarah said: ‘You rarely see a birth with your own eyes with your own baby, and if you see it on the TV it’s all ”push, push” and all about intervention and people telling you what to do.


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‘You never get to see what naturally happens and I think it empowers women to trust their bodies.’

Sarah went on to say that she would have gone to the hospital if there were complications, but she believes women are capable of preparing themselves for a natural birth on their own.

Viewers took to Twitter to criticise Sarah Schmid’s decision to give birth unassisted (pictured), with many saying it posed a big risk to the baby’s health

She continued: ‘I think every woman wants the best for her baby and you really prepare for it, so you can take the responsibility yourself, you can either leave it to others or say ”I’ll take care of myself”. 

‘Normally birth is natural and not a disease so normally you won’t need a doctor but if you do need a doctor I never say I don’t need help.

Viewers took to Twitter to criticise Sarah for putting the baby’s health at risk by giving birth outside without anyone to help her. 

Sarah Schmid had all six of her children, Johanna, 11, Jonathon, 10, Emanuel, eight, Elisabeth, six, Konstantin, three, and, Kiran, one – outside of hospital (pictured today speaking to Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on This Morning)

Sarah Schmid, who is a doctor, said she would have gone to the hospital if there were complications (pictured in the garden giving birth)

Three alternative methods of birthing

1. Vacuum Extraction: A vacuum extraction is a procedure sometimes done during the course of vaginal childbirth. During vacuum extraction, a health care provider applies the vacuum (a soft or rigid cup with a handle and a vacuum pump) to the baby’s head to help guide the baby out of the birth canal.

2. Forceps Delivery: A forceps delivery is a type of operative vaginal delivery. It’s sometimes needed in the course of vaginal childbirth. In a forceps delivery, a health care provider applies forceps (an instrument shaped like a pair of large spoons or salad tongs) to the baby’s head to help guide the baby out of the birth canal. 

 3. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: In the past, a C-section ended any hope of future vaginal deliveries. But today, thanks largely to changes in surgical technique, VBAC is possible in many cases. In fact, an estimated 75 per cent of women who try VBAC have a successful vaginal delivery.

One said: ‘The lady that gave birth on her own and filmed it! Selfish if you ask me. Trying to get fame by putting your baby at risk! What about complications?’

A third wrote: ‘I didn’t have pain relief with either of my kids, and was only in labour an hour on both, but I needed medical intervention after or I’d have died. I was glad to be in hospital.’

Sarah’s childbirth video was posted on her YouTube page, where it’s garnered 688,000 views. 

A second copy has racked up 700,000 views – meaning in total around 1.4 million people have watched Sarah give birth.

Having trained as a doctor, she previously said she had been inspired to adopt ‘free birthing’, (birthing outside without any medical assistance) as she was ‘put off’ after seeing people deliver babies in the wards.

‘I studied medicine to become a doctor, although now I am a full-time mum,’ she explained.

‘There I watched people giving birth in hospital and I thought, ‘I can’t do this. It isn’t relaxing.’

Sarah said the experience made her want to give birth without intervention and after having Johanna at home in September 2006, with the help of a midwife but no pain relief, for her second, Jonathon, she decided to forgo any medical assistance. 

Mother-of-six Sarah Schmid (pictured after welcoming her sixth child at home in France) said she can ‘relax better’ when she is outdoors and is able to focus on the matter at hand

Sarah Schmid (pictured in a YouTube video at her home in France) had studied medicine to become a doctor but is now a full-time mum to her six children

Sarah, who is married to 41-year-old Tim, said by time she was pregnant with Jonathon she was a baby expert and felt perfectly prepared for his arrival – in a forest in Sweden, where she used to live.

She was alone in July 2008 when he arrived after four hours – and Tim arrived afterwards to take photos. 

He took pictures of their little boy before they headed home – without visiting a hospital. Just a few years later, and again without any medical attention, Sarah delivered son Emanuel in their garden.

In April 2012, one year after the birth of Emanuel, baby Elisabeth arrived indoors because it was so chilly on her birthday, her mum explained. 

Sarah toyed with the idea of a water birth for Konstantin in February 2015, but also wanted to stand up, so she hovered naked in a water butt.

Finally, Kiran arrived in the back garden in September 2016, while his brothers and sisters watched. 

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