There are probably thousands of mind-blowing, tear-jerking, inspiring birth videos online. I’ve watched quite a few! I share with you a handful that struck me as particularly noteworthy or unique. Some are unassisted, some midwife-attended, and one hospital birth. Also, I’ve tried to show the diversity in homebirth settings, from small urban apartments to large estates. Following the birth videos are newborn/political/related topic videos.
(1) This very moving ICAN “Question CPD” video featuring VBAC mamas had me in tears the first time I watched it. I wish all women hoping to have a VBAC could see this!
(2) Gorgeous shots here. Pay attention — this one starts right off with the father catching while the midwife sits next to the tub, easily slipping a loop of cord off the baby’s shoulder.
Homebirth after 2 cesareans. Beautiful example of a mama instinctively pushing her baby out when they both are ready, on her own terms (also known as ‘spontaneous pushing’). She is not being coached/cheered/yelled at to “PUSH!” because her body is already doing it. I also love here how the intensity of the mother’s gutteral pushing moans quickly change to deep, motherly sighs of joy immediately after her baby emerges. (The camera goes right side up after a few moments).
I love this standing homebirth in Sweden. Don’t worry — mom catches the baby! Beautiful daytime lighting.
This first-time mother births her very cute and very 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 during a labor at home: on the birth ball, mom being massaged, in the tub. Very sweet!
A second-time mom births her baby born in the caul.
Ah, I love this one. A very funny mother of two older girls chooses to birth her third baby at home in the hot tub.
Danish hospital waterbirth with a midwife — exemplifying that a calm, peaceful environment and birth can certainly be had in the hospital — at least in Denmark! (Also, cute demonstration of newborn stepping reflex toward the end).
Posterior baby slowly stretches mom’s perineum in the water before emerging direct OP, or sunny side up.
Home waterbirth. Beautiful footage of labor and the minutes postpartum.
A standing birth where the mother uses a hanging sling for support. I love the kid’s response to the baby’s arrival, especially the sweet look on the teenage son’s face.
Breech homebirth of first-time mom in the US, attended by Dr. Stuart Fischbein.
Amazing video of a frank breech home waterbirth for a first-time mom! Mom births in hands and knees, attended by a French doc?