Doctors fear that mummy bloggers who question traditional medicine and push alternative health treatments are putting their babies at risk.
A recent video showing a waterbirth that took place without a midwife or doctor present but with the family dog watching has been deemed “dangerous” by Australia’s leading obstetrician.
The video, which has been viewed more than 45,000 times shows the father delivering his own baby as Ed Sheeran plays in the background.
It after being shared by popular Instagrammer “australianbirthstories”.
The caption reads in part: “So many young women are told not to consider homebirth for their first baby … I believe your very FIRST experience of birth is the most important one to plan to have at home.”
Former president of the Australian Medical Association, obstetrician Dr Michael Gannon, says it “beggared belief” that people promote giving birth in the family bathtub next to a pet.
While thankfully this home water birth was successful, studies have found that babies delivered during a home birth are seven times more likely to die from complications.
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