Birth Videos

From New York City apartments to rural off-grid farm houses, I offer you a selection of births that speak to me for one reason or another. All of them show the power, magnificence and beauty of birth. You will see women and families from diverse backgrounds and countries. There are unassisted freebirths, midwife-attended, breech, HBAC, and a couple of hospital births. Some are busy, bright and loud, and some are nearly silent.

If you have never given birth before, keep in mind that most birth videos fast-forward through the labor and you are only seeing a very condensed version of events. Hours, even days of labor may have preceded some of these births!

Of the births attended by midwives, you will notice that most of the midwives listen to the baby with doppler ultrasound. This isn’t always the case, some midwives use a fetoscope in labor, but I’ve yet to find a video showing this. If you know of one, please tell me!

I’ve observed two significant changes in the past decade of birth videos, particularly among US women. Almost all the published homebirth videos show women wearing bras during labor and birth. I think this is because women anticipate sharing these videos and want to remain private in this way. In general, most women give fully naked.  When the baby is born, this fabric layer between mom and baby is awkward, often soaking wet, and difficult to remove, becoming an  unnecessary hiccup in the moments after birth.

Another new change  — increasingly women are removing all of their pubic hair before birth, which is really unfortunate because this hair is a natural protector of the woman’s skin and vaginal and vulvar microbiota– essential for optimal microbiome transfer and the successful priming of babies’ immune systems for lifelong health.  I encourage you to resist the trend to alter your body for birth!

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(1) Social waterbirth in NYC, first baby

(2) German Standing birth.

(3) Waterbirth, birth pause, first baby.

(4) Hands and knees, dad catches (freebirth)

(5) Swedish pandemic homebirth with doula (Birth of Ivar)

Australian homebirth with Maori and Samoan traditions.

(6) Waterbirth in caul

(7) Birth stool (freebirth)

(8) Portuguese waterbirth, first baby

(9) VBAC waterbirth of Gideon,

(10) Mother gives birth before midwife arrives.

(11) Social homebirth with siblings

(12) Waterbirth with sibling

 

(13) Waterbirth with jouful grandma and sibling

(14) Portuguese undisturbed waterbirth first time mom

(15) Homebirth VBAC, makes me cry

(16)  Waterbirth of folk, with placenta birth and cord burning.

(17) Mizelle Twin Homebirth

(18)  Midwife-attended squatting breech birth at home in Seattle.

(19) Waterbirth with mother doing some resusition, Ingas Birth Part 2

(20) Breech Homebirth

(21) Another breech teaching video

(22) One more breech teaching video

(23) Minimally interventive Danish waterbirth

(24) Upright hospital birth US

(25) “Birth in the Squatting Position”

(1) This first-time mama births her very cute and vernixy baby at home in New York City, then celebrates with a birthday cake! Mom is laughing and eating yogurt in early labor, then moves through many common scenes of a labor at home.

(2)  I love this standing birth. Such incredible footage of an undisturbed birth. You can see the mother unwrap the cord and suck mucous from the baby’s mouth.

(3) A stunning, emotional birth pause as the mother witnesses her first baby – something you don’t often see in waterbirths.o.

(4) This one starts off with a splash! Father catches, attempts to unwrap the cord but baby pushes through.

(5) Swedish homebirth of Ivar during Covid pandemic, assisted by doula.

Beautiful homebirth in Sydney, surrounded by extended family, incorporating Maori and Samoan traditions. Dancing, singing. This one makes me cry. “The homebirth of Sunny Vai”

(6) A second-time mom births her baby in the caul. You can see the midwife unwrap the sac from the baby’s head.

(7) Birth stool, unassisted.

( 8) A dramatic and active labor labor, lovely embodied Portuguese woman and couple. Super sweet post-birth time here. Like many waterbirth babies, this one had some mucous to clear and took a few minutes to complete the transition

(9) Ggideon VBAC home waterbirth (HBAC), lots of post-birth footage and lotus birth

(10) This mother is a nurse. Funny conversation on the bed. Dad has her laughing- they offer her aspirin for pain. It starts heating up around the 20:00 minute mark. This very relaxed labor footage shows how fast things can progress.  Love the mother’s reaction to her baby coming before the midwife, and cheers all around.

(11) Coralani homebirth, Festive California family, beautiful footage, attended by my friend Shiela and shows what the postpartum scene at home is like. Creative integration of siblings here.

(12) Beautiful daylight waterbirth with big sister in the tub and some after-birth footage.

(13) Not a video but you feel like you are right there with this gorgeous photo story. Second baby, home waterbirth with ecstatic grandma and big sister.

(14) First time mother has a beautiful undisturbed waterbirth. You can see the baby emerge and received by the mother. Don’t be alarmed by the mini scalpel, it’s what they use to cut the cord.

(15) Logans Birth, VBAC Homebirth after cesarean (HBAC), low light but totally worth the watch for the unadulteraetd joy of the mother and father. This one makes me tear up.

(16) Waterbirth of folk, with placenta birth and cord burning.

(17) Mizelle Twin Homebirth

(18) Midwife-attended squatting breech birth at home in Seattle.

(19) Inga’s Birth Part 2, Breech birth expert Rixa Freeze provides mout to mouth to her slow to start baby.

(20) Breech Homebirth.

(21) Another breech teaching video

(22) One more breech teaching video

(23) Minimally interventive Danish hospital waterbirth. Midiwfe assists baby’s head to stay above water.

(24) For comparison, a rare upright hospital birth with dad catching. While this birth would be considered “natural” and “homebirth like” in the medical model, there is much unnecessary fussing with the baby right after the birth and the cord is cut prematurely.

(25) The classic “Birth in a Squatting Position” collection of birth moments, mostly physician attended, demonstrating “the birth pause” where mother rests and comes back into her body before picking up her baby.