Typically, the miracle of birth is a very private affair, involving only the mother, father, and maybe a handful of doctors. Simone Thurbur is not a very typical person. Thurbur is a therapist and mother of four, but she’s probably best known for having more people than the entire population of California and New York City combined watch her give birth.
In an interview conducted by Haley Goldberg for SELF, Thurbur explained the reasoning behind the odd birthing choice. In 2012, Thurbur gave birth to her fourth child in a stream, completely unassisted. According to the interview, she had felt inspired by a video of Russian women giving birth in the Black Sea. Here’s the explanation in Thurbur’s own words:
“I just saw this footage and it was like my whole body responded and just went, ‘Oh my goodness … That feeling of connection to all of life is probably what hit me the most. We forget that we’re primal creatures and we can’t survive without the plants, and oxygen and trees and the water and sunshine … something spoke to me and I just wanted my child’s first experience when they came into life to see nature.”