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Incredible images: mum delivers own baby during c-section birth

If there was ever an image that proves all births are amazing, it’s this one. Gold Coast mum Sarah Toyer says lifting her baby out of her own body was the most incredible thing she’s ever done, and has shared her story with The Healthy Mummy.

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C-section on her own terms

The mum-of-four says she was determined to have a c-section on her own terms after three previous caesareans.

“My first was born via emergency after 21 hours of labour and no progression so it was very rushed and I was very out of it which I felt robbed of having a natural birth,” Sarah tells The Healthy Mummy.

“My second was an elective but was a typical c-section couldn’t see anything and was just shown my child over the sheet and she was handed away to be cleaned etc. My third was a little different and they lowered the sheet and was allowed to watch him being born which I though was incredible and was so amazed.”

Maternal assisted c-section

Sarah explains that when she was pregnant with her fourth baby, she heard about maternal assisted c-sections she knew that’s how she wanted to birth this time.

“I was lucky enough to be able to get the birth I was after and it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced. With a low-risk, planned c-section I highly recommend it to any mother! I would do it 100 times over if I could.”

sarah toyer assisted c-section

On December 16 gorgeous Spencer arrived into his mum’s arms, after consultation with the medical team. Her husband snapped the incredible moment their son came into the world.

“I talked to every midwife, doctor and surgeon about what I wanted to do but they all said it depends on the surgeon on the day! So the day comes along and after waiting eight hours since we arrived at the hospital I was standing there next to the surgeon scrubbing up just as she was. Maybe half an hour later I was laying there on the operating table watching my sons head being pulled from my stomach.

“I reached down and put my hands under his arms and lifted the rest of him out of my own body. It was the most incredible thing I have ever done and highly recommend you stick to your guns about what birth you want!”

sarah toyer assisted c-section

Policy on maternal assisted c-sections differs from hospital to hospital – for instance West Australia’s King Edward Memorial Hospital assesses each request individually after an interview with the Obstetrics Medical Director.

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Anita Butterworth

Anita is a journo from country Victoria who swapped the cut and thrust of television news for the joys of raising boys. When not writing about everything parenting, she's searching for the perfect cuppa and Instagram filter.

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