‘The pain was excruciating and my scream was the loudest noise I’d ever made’: Hipster Byron Bay couple reveal the graphic details of the natural birth of their baby son Azure in a living room birthing pool at 2am
- Mitch Gobel and Sally Mustang welcomed their son Azure on February 15, 2020
- The NSW-based couple are known for sending out newsletters about sex life
- Sally, 29, has shared the raw and powerful details around Azure’s home birth
- She was in labour for 22 hours before delivering Azure in a blow up pool
A hipster Byron Bay couple known for being very open about their sex life have shared intimate details surrounding the birth of their first son Azure, who was born in a blow up pool in the living room.
Mitch Gobel and Sally Mustang, who run an online intimacy course called ‘Sex Is Art’, welcomed Azure Sitara Mustang into the world at 2.25am on February 15, to much excitement, relief – and for Sally – pain.
The 29-year-old new mother has detailed exactly how her 22-hour labour happened on her blog, starting with very light contractions on Valentine’s Day morning when she woke up at 5am.
Mitch Gobel and Sally Mustang (pictured) welcomed Azure Sitara Mustang into the world at 2.25am on February 15, to much excitement, relief – and for Sally – pain
The 29-year-old new mother has detailed exactly how her 22-hour labour happened on her blog , starting with very light contractions on Valentine’s Day morning when she woke up at 5am (birth pool pictured)
Sally and Mitch had been evacuated twice from their home on the Northern Rivers of New South Wales leading up to the birth – once for the bushfires that ravaged in late 2019 and another for the floods that followed – and were staying at Sally’s brothers house.
But the morning of her first proper contractions, Sally and her partner, along with their dog Jala, returned home to set up a birthing pool, candles and ensure the hot water was running.
They decided to take a swim in a river not far from their house, only returning home when Sally’s contractions were three minutes apart.
‘My groans now turned into howls. The wild women was really starting to take hold,’ she wrote.
Their midwife Bron arrived just as Sally decided it was time to get into the birthing pool, but she was concerned that her water hadn’t broken yet.
Closing her eyes, Sally was told it wasn’t a big concern and her son could safely be born in the amniotic sac – the bag of fluid inside the womb where a baby grows – and she simply needed to breathe and push.
‘My body wasn’t mine anymore, it was births. I pushed again and at that moment, I felt myself split,’ she said.
‘The pain excruciating, my scream piercing the space as blood began gushing. It was the first time I looked into your father’s eyes and felt fear. Bron hurried over.’
Her midwife said that although Sally’s genitals were torn, her baby was crowning and almost here
Her midwife said that although Sally’s genitals were torn, her baby was crowning and almost here.
‘I pushed and your head pushed through my vagina causing another split. My scream was the loudest noise that had ever come out of my mouth,’ she said.
‘I could feel my vagina in pieces, but it didn’t matter the slightest. The relief that flooded me was ecstasy.’
The amniotic sac only broke when Azure fell gently into the water, leaving both Mitch and Sally ‘in tears’ and filled with emotion.
The amniotic sac only broke when Azure fell gently into the water, leaving both Mitch and Sally ‘in tears’ and filled with emotion
The placenta was deliver 15 minutes later into the birth pool and buried in their backyard two days later, an individual choice the couple made.
Sally received 22 stitches in five different parts of her genitals, forcing her to rest in bed in the weeks following the intense birth.
An artist by trade, Sally has been very honest on Instagram about how uncomfortable breastfeeding was initially, how sore her body was post-birth and what a learning experience being a mother is.
The couple first set the Internet alight when they started sharing the intimate details of what goes on between the sheets to their Instagram followers in 2016.
The couple first set the Internet alight when they started sharing the intimate details of what goes on between their sheets to their Instagram followers in 2016
Their bohemian adventures quickly earned them a collective half a million Instagram followers.
Photoshoots, Instagram fans and online fame followed, before Sally took to her personal profile in May 2017 to reveal they had broken up in a shock split.
An open relationship followed, before the pair rekindled their love, with Mitch proposing to Sally in 2018. They were married in May 2019.
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