Positive Birth Videos
How many times have you seen a baby be born?
I’m talking real life, by that mom's side, start to finish kind of birth? If you’re anything like the average first-time parent, then your answer is most likely….never.
Sure, you’ve seen it in the movies….you’ve seen it on television, or snippets in a documentary, but….
Most first time moms never see a baby be born until they give birth themselves….except in movies.…which looks...well..not so great.
Now I'm not gonna lie and say that all birth is all puppies and rainbow. It’s hard work. Hard work no matter what kind of birth you have.
Natural childbirth is hard work. Cesareans birth is hard work. Epidural birth is hard work!…and you know what?… You can do it!
And by cultivating a positive and realistic mindset around childbirth, you can set yourself up for success by decreasing your stress hormones, and being mentally prepared for the experience.
Why we love positive birth videos.
I know. I know….you might not be into the whole “birth video” thing. And I get that.
But just think about how much negative cultural exposure you’ve been exposed to regarding birth already. Like watching a stand-up comic harp on about birth, or that stranger in the grocery store who decides to share her birth horror story with you.
Whether you like it or not…you already hold some version of a “birth movie” in your mind…what does yours look like?
IF YOUR IMAGES SURROUNDING CHILDBIRTH ARE FULL OF FEAR, ANXIETY, AND PAIN, THEN WHY NOT REPLACE THOSE IMAGES WITH POSITIVE ONES?
So, to help with the reimagining of what real birth looks like, here’s my top picks for birth videos that help you conquer fear and conquer birth!
I hope they help you to reframe your thoughts and instill in you the truth that you can do anything and all birth is beautiful.
Empowered hospital birth
I love how this woman asks her nurse and midwife for what she needed, when she needed it. She was totally in the driver’s seat of her experience.
Realistic and positive epidural birth
The couple here are super cute. I love how they keep the experience light-hearted and you also get a sense of how slow and peacefully quite hospital birth can be.
I also love how realistic the following birth story is too.
News piece: Is orgasmic childbirth for real?
I always get a kick out of this video. As I mentioned above, please don’t expect your birth to be all rainbows, sunshine, and orgasms. But, this video, I think, does a great job of balancing the pendulum away from a fearful view of childbirth. Please watch with a grain of salt 😉
Family centered-positive cesarean delivery
Although, not common practice, immediate skin-to-skin and “family centered” cesareans are becoming more accepted in modern obstetrics. There are so many options available for a planned cesarean birth. Talk to your care provider about what options are available to you if you’re wanting a more involved role in your cesarean birth.
I hope you've enjoyed this hand-selected collection of "approved" birth videos.
Share with your expecting friends, and remember –– don't go rummaging around YouTube ya hear?!.
Written by Samantha Lee Wright.