It was within the walls of her Tribeca, New York apartment that model mama Karolína Kurková first met her son Tobin.
“Of course we had the midwife, we had the doula, but that’s something we really did a lot of research on and we wanted to do,” the 28-year-old mama-of-one tells Access Hollywood Live. “We wanted to do it in our home where I felt comfortable.”
“[For] centuries, women have been giving birth naturally and I think your body adjusts to it and you get into a zone,” she adds.
Her active labor lasted 2½ hours — a process she calls “quite quick” — and, due to keeping her concentration on meeting her now 3-year-old son, she had little time to think of the pain.
“It’s not like, ‘Oh my God, it’s a pain. I’m dying, I’m dying,’” she says. “It was so gradual you just kind of deal with it. You get in a zone, you really focus on helping this child to come out.”
With her husband Archie Drury preparing “green juice and coconut water” to keep his wife hydrated, it wasn’t long before Karolína’s midwife informed her that baby boy would soon make his official debut.
“I really wanted to do it in the water because it’s better for the baby to be born in the water — from water to water — and it’s less painful for the mom,” she explains of her decision to deliver in a birthing pool. “When he’s born in the water, there’s still the umbilical cord so until you clip it they can still breathe through it. He was born in the water [then] we put him on my chest.”
Summing up the big day as an “incredible experience” Karolína will “absolutely” do it all over again — eventually. Until then, the couple are loving being parents to their only child.
“I want to enjoy [Tobin] first and learn everything and really spend time with him,” she explains.