This mother recounts her birth in the ocean: “The waves had the same rhythm as the contractions”

Josy Peurkert, 37, gave birth to her fourth child on February 26, 2022. The German woman living in Nicaragua shared a video of the birth of her son, named Bodhi Amor Ocean Cornelius, which caused a stir because it took place in the Pacific Ocean, at Paya Majagual. She was assisted only by her companion, Benni Cornelius (42), and recounts this extraordinary birth.

Preparing for her birth in the ocean

If Josy Peurkert decided to give birth by the ocean, it’s because she wanted to be “without worry for once”. “My first birth was traumatic in a clinic and my second birth was at home, but for the third even one midwife in my house was too much”she tells Jam Press. “This time I didn’t have a doctor’s appointment, ultrasound or outside influence. We didn’t have a due date or a deadline for the baby to arrive, we just trusted that our baby would find her way. I had no fear or worry about welcoming a new little soul into our lives, just me, my partner and the waves.”explains the young mother.

After the publication of her story and her video on Instagram, Josy Peurkert received critical and worried comments, in particular from Internet users who told her that she risked a bacterial infection by giving birth like this, or that her baby had surely been cold. coming out of her womb into the waters of the ocean. “Bodhi was born in the middle of the day when it was around 35C, we weren’t worried at all about him getting cold and I had no concerns about infections coming from the sea. He is completely healthy. I did all the research I needed to know it was safe. Water is a medically proven barrier.”she answers.

How was her birth in the sea?

On the day of delivery, like every morning, Josy prepared pancakes for her family. Sensing that the time to give birth was coming, she and her husband entrusted their three eldest to a close person before heading to the beach. According to her, “for weeks there was a woven basket in the car with all the utensils” necessary, such as towels, gauze or a bowl to collect the placenta. Her baby was also perfectly positioned in the womb, and she regularly checked her cervix to know when labor would start.

This mom says the ocean was the perfect temperature for her delivery. At first, she embraces her partner and they let themselves be lulled by the movements of the water: “The waves had the same rhythm as the contractions. This fluid rhythm made me feel really good. I had this idea in mind to give birth in the ocean and because the conditions were right on D-Day, it what I did”. When she feels the time has come, she kneels in the sea, her spouse behind her: “The soft volcanic sand reminded me that there is nothing else between Heaven and Earth, just life.”

In her Instagram post, she addresses Benni : “You are protective behind me, breaking the waves for me. Your voice in my ear brings me the security I need. With the next wave, the next contraction and I can feel the baby coming”, she recalls. When Bodhi comes out of the vaginal canal, she is ready and immediately grabs it to place it against her chest. “I can hardly believe it. So fast. So easy. Just you and me and this baby. I’m still sitting here enjoying the waves while you grab a towel”she says.

Shortly after, the placenta is delivered, and she and Benni check that it is complete. As it is and both mother and child are doing well, they go home and get cozy with their baby for a long welcome cuddle session.

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