5 Things Humans Can Learn From April The Giraffe’s Birth

After 16 months, the world watched April give birth!

The world (yes, including us!) has been watching. April the Giraffe has finally given birth to a precious baby boy, as millions have watched her labor and delivery via livestream.

I woke up this morning to the interwebs ablaze! April was in active labor, for real! Two adorable little hooves out and everything!

Related: April The Giraffe’s Appetite Returns as We Wait for Baby!

I, along with millions of people across the world, watched as that rock star Mama moseyed around her unit, nibbling on foods left to give her strength through the process, and I imagine, thinking positive thoughts and listening to her body. (Not the hoards of people telling her to get.that.baby.out.already!)

Again, we don’t typically cover animal births, but, we felt that there were a few things the world could learn about April’s labor and delivery process!

1. Working with gravity is so much better than against it! April standing and walking her entire birth basically proves what we intuitively know–it is so much better on mama (and baby) to work with gravity than against it. Research shows that upright birth position promotes lower episiotomy rates, and reduced need for medical intervention such as anesthesia.

2. Food during labor should not be a rigid no-no. For far, far too long, pregnant women in labor have been told they could not eat. Yes, we understand that sometimes, emergencies happen and surgical intervention may be necessary. But, for the most part, even the American Association of Anesthesiologists agree that healthy women would benefit from food during labor. April ate like a champ right before active labor to get ready, and nibbled throughout to keep up her strength. More could take note.

Related: New Recommendations Finally ‘Allow’; Women to Eat During Labor

3. It’s good to be prepared, but allow nature to do it’s thing first. Of course, there are situations where medical intervention is needed for birth. We never want mamas who have been in that position (like me!) to ever feel shamed when nature needs help. But, again, for the most part, going as naturally and with as little intervention as possible is better for baby and for Mama, and while it’s important to have help ready at a moment’s notice, our bodies are amazing creations that are more capable than we often give credit for.

4. Most babies come when they are good and ready. Poor April! Meme after meme after meme harassed her about when that baby was coming, and what someone was going to do if it didn’t come on the time schedule they felt appropriate. Try as some might to control every little aspect of our births, babies don’t often pay attention to us backseat womb-drivers.

5. There’s no such thing as too much love. You may know that the giraffe symbolizes language of the heart, as it’s heart is the largest of any land mammal in the world. The giraffe is the symbol of nonviolent communication parenting, and this particular giraffe inspired so much positivity and well-wishes across the globe. And while some may still believe that ‘over-loving’ a child will make him self-centered and absorbed, there’s a lot to be said for having an entire world rooting your Mama (and you!) on.

Welcome to the world, sweet baby boy, and well done, Mama April!

Photo: Animal Adventure Park/Twitter

4 thoughts on “5 Things Humans Can Learn From April The Giraffe’s Birth”

  1. Why does learning about normal, natural birth of humans have to come from the fad of obsessing over a giraffe? Could human adults not learn about human birth from actual humans?
    As someone who gave birth in her bathtub without the delusion of needing medical intervention twice now, I find it appalling, not only that humans are obsessing over the birth of an animal while being taught to fear the birth of their own kind but, also that we are being told to “learn” from the birth of said animal, as if these “tips” are not normal practice for human births already.

    How about humans simply learn to put as much time and energy into their pregnancy and unborn child as they do into the more selfish things of their nature, such as their careers and social lives?!

  2. Heather seems to miss the point, that April the Giraffes birth can serve as an example for people to learn just exactly the things she was complaining about people not knowing. In the medicalized birth setting many women experience, which IS the norm in the US, these 5 tips are NOTthe norm, they are not obvious, and they do need to be pointed out to some. Please get off your natural birthing high horse and put down your mommy wars musket of rectitude. No one is going to give you a medal for being holier than thou.

  3. Great article! I had my last two daughters at home in the position that suited me. Upright and on my hands and knees. I refused to go to a hospital setting ever again after my first traditional medically managed birth but even the nurse midwife, broke my water and put my feet in strips (horribly painful and uncomfortable way to give birth) because she was medically trained. Then I said NO MORE!

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