Russian tourist in Egypt gives birth in the Red Sea

An aerial view of the coast of the Red Sea and the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir is pictured through the window of an airplane near Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

A Russian woman visiting Egypt became the center of the internet’s attention after pictures surfaced online capturing the moments right after she gave birth to her baby in the Red Sea.

The photos were taken by Mohamed Elsaid from the balcony of a hotel he owns in Dahab, Egypt, where the mother travelled as a tourist. The series of pictures showed the mother and the newborn baby just moments following the incredible birth.

One photo showed the mother emerging from the sea, while another one shows two men carrying the baby to the shore, with the umbilical cord still attached. One of the men, who is reportedly the father, was carrying a bucket containing the placenta, while the other man is a doctor who specializes in water births.

The presence of the doctor may indicate that the Red Sea birth was arranged ahead of time.

Elsaid said that before she went into labor, the mother had gone for a swim and was followed by her partner and the doctor into the water to assist with the delivery.

Hadia Hosny Elsaid posted her uncle’s incredible photos on her Facebook page on Saturday. Since then, the photos have gone viral. It has been shared over 2,000 times on social media and has attracted thousands of comments.

Despite the amazing photos, experts are saying that water births could be very risky for a newborn baby. “I worry that this is a completely dangerous environment for the baby,” said Dr. Saima Aftab from the Fetal Care Center at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.

Water births could have its benefits, such as shorter labor. However, the method has not been studied enough to know all the risks and benefits of a water labor. “Experts don’t feel we’re at a point yet where we can say it’s safe,” said Aftab. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a woman requesting to give birth in water should be informed that the risks of the practice have not been studied sufficiently.