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CORINNE Cinatl's roadside birth might have gained international attention, but it has all come as a bit of shock to the Bendigo mum of two.
The story of her daughter Matilda's arrival in May has attracted world attention in recent days, appearing on the Daily Mail website in the United Kingdom and media outlets in Germany, Czech Republic and Asia.
Mrs Cinatl said she was surprised the story had gained so much attention.
"I just thought it would attract people interested in natural birthing. But it was viewed about 12,000 times on Facebook. It was all around Germany," she said.
Mrs Cinatl's birth photographer Breanne Gravener, who runs a blog, www.thebirthstory.com.au about positive birthing, said she posted the story about two weeks after the birth and it had taken off from there.
"It was probably shared by mothers' groups to start with, then seen by people who wanted to share it," she said.
"We had no idea it was going to attract this much attention."
Mrs Cinatl said she gave her consent in the hope it would "inspire other women that birthing can be beautiful and amazing".
"That’s honestly all that’s ever been my intention. Because I would rather not have those pictures for everybody to see," she said.
Ms Gravener said she was sensitive to what was a very personal event in a mother's life.
"It is a big thing that they’ve shared their story. Sharing a birth story is very intimate so we have to respect that."
She said the intense public interest in Mrs Cinatl's story was a combination of factors.
"She birthed calmly, the way her hubby and son were so excited ... it was just a really beautiful birth story."