Bekah Martinez Shares 'Raw and Primal' Video Of Home Birth

Bekah Martinez Believes ‘Raw and Primal’ Video Of Home Birth Was ‘Moment Worth Sharing’

The Bachelor season 22 contestant, Bekah Martinez, shared a video of her birthing son to the world despite her insecurities.

This past Tuesday, Martinez shared a powerful video of her son Franklin James‘ June 19 home water birth and the moments before she and boyfriend Grayston Leonard welcomed him into the world.

Bekah Martinez Shares 'Raw and Primal' Video Of Home Birth
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Martinez can be seen in the clip laboring throughout her home and in the birthing tub while women fan her to keep her cool. And halfway through the clip, Franklin is actually shown being born.

The mother of two admits that she “felt nervous about sharing this video” initially, despite the birthing experience being “beyond what she could have hoped for” and “a dream come true.”

“Strangely though, the footage felt so raw and primal that I was actually uncomfortable watching it back,” Martinez recalls in her video caption.

Bekah Martinez Shares 'Raw and Primal' Video Of Home Birth
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Martinez admits she “came to a couple conclusions” after sitting with her feelings for a bit. First “I truly was scared of the mean things people might say about something so sacred to me,” she shares.

“But also, more importantly, I realized that I felt uncomfortable watching myself in that much POWER,” Martinez continues.

“I realized I still had so many negative, subconscious, deeply-embedded thoughts telling me that I wasn’t feminine enough; that I looked and sounded weird. I projected so many insecurities onto an experience that was truly one of the most powerful, magical moments of my life.”

Bekah Martinez Shares 'Raw and Primal' Video Of Home Birth
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“This is a moment worth sharing; so in advance — f— the haters ♥️,” she concludes, before thanking Leonard, her videographer, her midwife as well as her mother.

Of the supportive comments was one from Jamie Otis, who told Martinez, “Legit in tears watching this! You are a warrior, mama!”

“Thank you for helping me (and so many women) realize the strength we have within on so.many.levels!” she added, “Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m in awe of you! Love you, Bekah! ????????????”

Watch the full video below!

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At first I felt nervous about sharing this video. Don’t get me wrong; my experience with Franklin’s birth was beyond what I could have hoped for. It was ecstatic— I was literally laughing and joking between contractions and smiling through pushing. It was a dream come true. Strangely though, the footage felt so raw and primal that I was actually uncomfortable watching it back. I sat with this feeling for a while, and I came to a couple conclusions. One, that I truly was scared of the mean things people might say about something so sacred to me. But also, more importantly, I realized that I felt uncomfortable watching myself in that much POWER. I realized I still had so many negative, subconscious, deeply-embedded thoughts telling me that I wasn’t feminine enough; that I looked and sounded weird. I projected so many insecurities onto an experience that was truly one of the most powerful, magical moments of my life. This is a moment worth sharing; so in advance— f*ck the haters. ♥️ Video by @laurenguilfordbirths — thank you for so beautifully capturing the births of both my children! And a very, VERY special thanks to the following people: @lindseymeehleis you did so much by doing so little. You believed in my ability to birth my baby without intervention. You respected my autonomy when I refused to be checked. You watched with joy on the sidelines as I caught my own baby. You massaged my legs with oils while the placenta came. You never once rushed me as I lingered in Franklin’s arrival. Thank you for everything ✨ Thank you to @pipyopi for just being you, and being with me, and giving me the two best gifts of my life. ♥️ And last but DEFINITELY not least, thank you to my mom. This woman was my spirit guide through both births of my children. I can’t count the number of comments I’ve received asking who my amazing doula was. I am incredibly lucky to have a mother who is so intuitive, strong, encouraging, nurturing, and present. It is something I don’t take for granted. I love you, mom.

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