So many of us are filled with imagery of births as medical emergencies or otherwise painful, screaming, or distressing visions. These videos of various hospital and home births offer a new perspective and help us imagine that there are many, many possibilities for what birth “looks like”.
French Woman Giving Birth With Joy
A couple of things about this powerful birth:
- Notice her perineum. That stretch! The body is made to do this. It will stretch out, and stretch back. We’ve talked about Perineal Massage on the site, but here’s a visual aid for how a vaginal birth without lots of interventions can reduce perineal trauma and pelvic floor damage. For more information, see here.
- Consider how little movement and action there is in this film. The mom is free to take on any position that is comfortable to her, and she is calm. The birthing assistants (the doctor or partner, and the second doctor / midwife / nurse) are supporting her, but otherwise not doing much at all. After mom has delivered the shoulders, the male birth partner places the baby on mom’s chest. But there’s no pulling the head, suctioning, episiotomy… mom delivers baby without much assistance!
Natural Unassisted Homebirth
Birth of Sloane
A gentle film of a home birth from Natasha Hance.
A gorgeous depiction of sibling support during birth. “Waiting, birthing and welcoming Theodore into his new family of five. A homebirth in Tennessee. 9lbs 9oz” via Documentingdelight.org
The calm birth of Arden, or “Sugarbaby” as some of the commenters have asserted, is via the TheLeakyBoob.
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