‘I live streamed my birth to strangers and had photographer – it’s not gross’

A mum live streamed her birth to 45,000 strangers to capture the moment to show labour isn't "scary" or "gross".

Siobhan Miller wanted to give birth to her fourth baby at home surrounded by her friends, kids and strangers on YouTube. She even had a professional photographer.

The 37-year-old had hired a person to snap the shots for her third, Ailbe, seven, and loved it so much. So she decided to go one extra mile for baby number four.

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The hypnobirthing teacher wanted to show that birth isn't "terrifying" or "gross" and can be "euphoric". She set up a camera in her living room to share it all.

She filmed her breathing through contractions on a birthday ball and shared it with 45,000 people. But due to a lack of midwives, Siobhan rushed to Torbay Hospital, South Devon, to welcome her daughter Fionnuala.

The youngster arrived on September 17, 2022, weighing 8lbs 5oz. Siobhan said: "I wanted to film myself. It's my last baby and I wanted to have everything I could.

"I thought I could film this and stream it so other people could see it. I desperately wanted to normalise birth. Most people are terrified of birth.

"Some people think it is back-to-back pain for many hours. But it's a contraction and breathing and then maybe you eat or breathe before another one.

"If people get to see how labour can actually be – it's quite boring. It can be the most wonderful day of your life."

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Siobhan found her first birth with son Oisin, 16, "traumatic" after she had an induction and he had to be pulled out by forceps in February 2007.

When Siobhan fell pregnant again seven years later, she wanted to have a different birth experience and researched hypnobirthing. She had a quick home birth and welcomed Arlo, eight, in December 2014.

Following her positive experience, Siobhan trained in hypnobirthing and launched her company in 2015. She went on to have a water birth in a birth centre for her third son Ailbe a year later.

She said: "I had an amazing day of my life [for the birth of her second child] but I had no photographic record of it. My only regret was not having a single photo.

"When you get married you have a videographer and photographer. But when you give birth, it is not common. People think it is a bit disgusting.

"Now my son looks and can see himself being born. It's very special."

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For her last baby Siobhan decided she wanted to have a video of the moment – and chose to live stream it. She started having contractions on the evening of September 17, 2022, so set up everything up.

She also paid around £300 for a photographer to take photos during the labour. Siobhan "forgot" people were watching and laboured for an hour and 20 minutes before they made the decision to go to Torbay Hospital.

Siobhan was unable to continue the live stream at the hospital but gave birth to her little girl in a birthing pool at 10.07pm. She would love to give birth again but decided Fionnuala is her last baby.

The mum concluded: "I'd love to do it again and again. I absolutely love giving birth. The power in your body – it's like a miracle."

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