Any birth -- natural or C-section -- is scary because we don't know how it will go until you're right there at the moment. However, as Doula Betty Lugay-San Luis explained at our first for the year "Smart Parenting Baby Shower," women's bodies are designed to carry and nurture a child for nine months and to give birth. Fear is understandable, but if you ever doubted your strength as a woman, nothing captures it better than the time of childbirth.
Local birth videographer Dads Valencia Birth Films posted a video of a natural birth entitled Therese Joy's Birth Story last May 10, just in time for Mother's Day. "This is a heartwarming, tear-jerking, soul-refreshing beautiful home birth that will make you appreciate life and the new beginnings God gives to us every single day," read the caption.
It's not as graphic as you expect, but it speaks a lot about what moms endure when she's giving birth. Watch:
The video documents a home birth in Makati City, from the time the mom labors in an inflatable pool with her partner supporting her to the time she pushed the baby out and held her on her chest for the very first time.
There are only a few words spoken in the video, and we can see why. The moving images of a mother giving birth -- the pain she needed to endure, her confidence to soldier on, the excitement of seeing her baby, and the pure joy of finally being able to hold her little one -- is enough to make anyone tear up.
As of yesterday, the video has reached more than 100,000 views, close to 2,000 reactions, and more than 400 comments. Many of the people revealed in the comments that they cried watching the video; some tagged their friends and partners to let them witness the power of childbirth.
"What a great gift and a great way to honor all our mothers on their special day today! Happy Mothers' Day to all the brave mommies who brought us into this world and gave us love and so much more!" the caption for the film company's Mother's Day post read.