Cyclone Marcia couldn’t stop lakeside natural birth
THE Melbourne couple who were called by spirits to have their baby at Taylor's Lake in Suffolk Park, have returned for the first time since little Zion was born.
Ben and Hannah Bracken always wanted to have a natural birth and they travelled 1700km to find exactly the right lake.
In February last year, at almost full term, they settled down at Broken Head Caravan Park with the intention of having their baby at the Suffolk Park tea tree lake.
"We never knew if the physical birth would be at the lake though ... we were preparing ourselves to go with our intuition when the birth started," Mrs Bracken said.
But the couple of nearly 10 years could not have predicted a cyclone in the time they were there.
"We were 10 days overdue and a cyclone came through," she said.
"All the tents had packed up and we were just bunkered in, surviving.
"At 11 days overdue, the day before the birth, we came down to the lake and it was filled with debris.
"We got a call from the Mullumbimby Birthing Centre saying we'll get our worst floods in 100 years and we may not be able to make it in if it doesn't go the way that we would like at the lake.
"All the doors shut at the last minute ... we came all this way, from faith ... but we opened our hearts and called out to the greatest spirit, 'why have you brought us here?'
"The sun came back and it was like there was this big crown in the sky ... for me it was a sign that everything was going to be okay."
The following day Mrs Bracken gave birth to Zion at the campsite.
"Within three and a half hours Ben had delivered him," she said.
"I want other people to know this is possible.
"Birthing can be a woman's most empowering and liberating experience, or it can be the most vulnerable and traumatic one."
They said returning to the lake as a family would always be special.
"A lot of our spiritual experiences have been at this lake," Mr Bracken said.
"This is somewhere we'll always come back to, our hearts are here, it's Zion's birth country," Mrs Bracken said.
They said parenthood has been a beautiful journey so far.
"There's nothing more incredible than looking your own child in the eyes and when they smile up at you it melts your heart," Mr Bracken said.
"It's the most beautiful and incredible thing but it does ask everything of you, and I think our lesson has been about learning to embrace what life brings you," Mrs Bracken said.