Home births are becoming increasingly more popular and representatives of this method say that it's the best for both the mother and child. Alana Ferreira wanted to have a home- and water birth with her second child. Also there was photographer Michele Pampanin, who had already accompanied many births. But this birth was something particularly special because Luiza, Alana's first daughter, and her husband were there and played a special role.
After Benjamin has been washed, he is placed back on his mothers stomach - with umbilical cord and placenta. In natural births, these organs have an important symbolic meaning and are first detached later because the still contain a lot of important nutrients for the baby.
A birth is always fascinating. And even when many people think that children shouldn't be present, for those who believe in natural births it's quite the opposite. They see a birth as the most natural thing in the world and say that children have no fear of being touched and should learn the wonder of life early on. Luiza was obviously not badly effected, in fact she was a very proud help to her mom.