When you think about childbirth, you might imagine a woman moaning in pain, covered in sweat, tears or worse. Because, yes, giving birth can be an incredibly challenging physical feat. But that's also not every woman's experience.
This video is going viral for good reason: It shows a woman experiencing childbirth in a way that's completely unlike the depictions of it we so often see on TV and in movies. There's no screaming, no sweating, no struggle here—the mother remains completely calm and serene as she delivers her baby.
Watch it below for yourself:
Midwife Lisa Marie Sanchez Oxenham posted the video on Facebook, where it is getting lots of attention. Though it's not even a minute long, it gives viewers such a clear picture of how unbelievably relaxed the mother was during her delivery, which takes place in a birthing tub.
“My client Audra’s beautiful second home birth,” Oxenham writes alongside the video, which has been viewed over 21 million times. “A midwife’s role is fluid, providing whatever is necessary for each individual birthing experience, although almost always that role is simply to offer the gift of quiet.”