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Australian fitness model and personal trainer, Emily Skye shared the story of her incredible “unexpected” home birth in June when she delivered her second child, three weeks early on the floor of her home.
Now the 35-year-old influencer from the Gold Coast has expressed her gratitude for her body on Instagram, declaring herself “blessed to grow, birth and breastfeed her two precious babies.”
The popular fitness expert confessed: “I cried when I first saw my body in the mirror after I gave birth to Izaac (6 hours before I took this pic).”
“It wasn’t because I didn’t like what I saw, it was because I was IN LOVE with my body & was in complete AWE of what it had just done.”
“I’m in awe of what my body has done!”
The mum-of-two went on to say: “It had literally birthed my son on its own at home – I didn’t even have to push – it did it itself! HOW FREAKIN AMAZING ARE OUR BODIES?!!!”
Her empowering message went on to praise her body, giving it credit for the incredible journey she has been on.
“I’ve never in my life loved my body more,” she wrote. “Instead of criticising it and picking out our every little so called “flaw” (which I’d done for many of my younger years) I cried with joy & gratitude & thanked it.
“It makes me sad that so many women including my old self dislike their bodies. I am so blessed to grow, birth & breastfeed my 2 precious babies. I honestly couldn’t care less about having extra fat, cellulite, saggy skin or stretch marks.”
Emily Skye delivered her baby boy at home, on her living room floor, with help from ambulance workers in June.
Sharing the powerful photos of the impromptu delivery to Instagram, Emily wrote to her 2.5 million followers:
“Well THAT was unexpected!! Little Izaac just couldn’t wait any longer to enter the world! I’ll share with you our birth story soon!! Be ready, it’s a wild one!”
Emily also added the hashtags ‘birth announcement’ and ‘baby is here’.”
“Well THAT was unexpected,” wrote Emily about her son’s speedy arrival.
Also, present at the home birth was Emily’s husband Declan and their two-year-old daughter, Mia Elise.
Emily’s baby news post was quickly flooded with well wishes.
“This is the most raw and honest photo of motherhood. Thanks for sharing!” wrote one follower.
“Oh wowwwww your face says it all!!!! WHAT A WOMAN!!!!! CAN NOT WAIT TO HEAR HIS BIRTH STORY!!!! Sending you so much love and enjoy that newborn bubble xoxox,” wrote another.
Little Izaac was not going to wait! Ambulance workers help deliver Emily’s second child.
Emily’s celebrity friends and followers also congratulated her on Izaac’s speedy but safe arrival.
Model Megan Gale wrote: “Wow! Amazing! Congrats lovely”
Mum-of-two and athlete Turia Pitt added: “Powerhouse! Congrats”
“Omg congratulations mama! Wow!” shared Rachael Finch.
“Go lady. Well done to you and family Sending so much love xx,” added fitness trainer, Michelle Bridges.
Judging by the look on Declan’s face he can’t believe the grand entrance his baby boy just made. Declan is cuddling his and Emily’s two-year-old daughter, Mia.
Emily at 27 weeks pregnant, with daughter Mia.
All about home births
In Australia, only 0.3 per cent of women have a planned home birth.
There are a small number of publicly funded home birth programs operating from Australian hospitals, and women can also choose to give birth at home with private midwives.
The main concern for any woman giving birth is something may happen to endanger the life of her baby or herself. There is an expectation that medical assistance needs to be immediately on hand to avoid complications. While there is no guarantee nothing will go wrong during labour in any situation or birth place, complications when birthing at home are very rare. This is likely due to the lack on interventions in the first place.
Benefits of home birth may include:
For more information on home births visit, Homebirth Australia.