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'I pulled my baby from my own womb.'

A Gold Coast mum has described the “incredible” moment she helped deliver her baby during a C-section.

Sarah Toyer was determined to have maternal assisted C-section after giving birth via caesarean for her three other children.

“Many people think ‘why I would get involved when I should leave it to the professionals?’ – but being my last child and knowing I had no choice but to have a C-section. It was the last chance at feeling like I wasn’t robbed of a natural birth,” she told Mamamia.

Image via Facebook/Sarah Toyer

"My first was an emergency caesarean after a very long labour so subsequent births had to be C-sections for mine and baby's safety."

The 24-year-old says she's thankful the surgeons that made her "dream birth" possible.

"Obviously, there was a lot of talk and explaining risks involved and a lot of explaining how everything would go and the surgeon explained step-by-step how everything would go - so we were both on the same page which was really great," she said.

The mother of four says she was well prepared for what was to come in the delivery room.

"Once they lowered the sheet I got to watch them pull his head and arms out and then she [the obstetrician] said - 'okay now you can reach down'," said Toyer.

(Image via Facebook/Sarah Toyer)
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"I put my hands under his arms and simply lifted him up and pulled him up onto my chest and then gave him a rub.

"The surgeon gave him a clean with a cloth but he was taken by a nurse to receive some oxygen as he swallowed a bit of fluid -  which it pretty normal in C-section birth - but he was given straight back and we had skin-to-skin while the doctors and surgeon finished the C-section."

The Queenslander says it was an "incredible experience" and her newborn son, Spencer, was "very clam".

"I was so amazed and had tears in my eyes and kept saying hello gorgeous boy and stroking his tiny little head.

"It was very emotional moment as I wasn't sure I would get to experience my dream birth."

The mother of four encourages other expectant mums to pursue their birth plans.

"I would definitely would do it again 100 times over," she said.

Australian mothers who choose to participate in the procedure must "scrub in" like doctors and theatre nurses and be completely sterile before the surgery, according to guidelines quoted in an ABC report.

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