Videos

Here is a collection of videos I find inspiring and/or thought provoking

Although this looks like an unassisted birth there is a midwife present. This is what good midwifery looks like:

Unassisted waterbirth with a nuchal cord:

A woman births her baby while waiting for her midwife (you will need to follow the link to youtube to watch):

Breech waterbirth:

The risks of routine antenatal care:

One World Birth: watch out for the release of this film:

Find out more about this project here

34 Responses to Videos

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Your videos were helpful in your blog. Could you make videos of the comfort measures you discuss?

    • Elizabeth – I will try to do this in the future. You can download a pdf of the ‘creating space’ techniques from the ‘In celebration of the OP baby’ post. Some are self explanatory but I will try to get some videos when I can get a pregnant woman and a video camera together.

  2. Greetings:

    Just discovered your blog and like it a lot!

    I’m a filmmaker creating films about homebirth in Maine–would love to have a link–or some of my videos added to your blog. I’d be happy to cross-link your blog, too.

    Check out my site:

    http://www.mainehomebirth.wordpress.com

    Not just for Mainers!

    Nicolle

  3. Mom Lashuay says:

    I think you have offer a lot of good information on your website, but I am not impressed at all with the “Birthsmart” video. In very poor taste, IMO.

  4. wendy says:

    Great Blog….
    BirthsMart was a great cartoon! hospital births in a nutshell

  5. I love your blog and I think the information you give is fantastic.

    I’m the film-maker behind the ONE WORLD BIRTH global film project which is all about making birth better around the world – featuring many of the “big” (and amazing) names in birth:
    Sheila Kitzinger, Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent, Sarah Buckley, Debra-Pascali Bonaro, Cathy Warwick, Prof Sally Tracy, Prof Soo Downe, Denis Walsh, Prof Cecily Begley plus lots more midwives, obstetricians, birth professionals besides. And that’s just the start! Our mission is to help make change happen by connecting and promoting those who passionately care about making birth better.

    If you thought it was appropriate, I would love you to include the ONE WORLD BIRTH trailer in your video section. Here’s a link to the site: http://oneworldbirth.com

    We’re hoping to come to Australia later this year / early next year to film – would love to film you (if you’re interested) to include you in our project!

    Congratulations once again on a great site.
    Toni

  6. Toni Harman says:

    Thanks for posting the One World Birth trailer. I would love love love you to be involved in our One World Birth project!!! I love your site, I love your posts and I think you are an important inspiring voice for so many people across the world!
    Before the full-length documentary (which will come out in cinemas worldwide next year – that’s what we’re planning) we’re launching the main One World Birth site which is an online video resource featuring the world’s biggest birth experts for birth professionals to watch, inspire, connect and be involved in the whole project – so yes, once we launch, would love it if you could tell people about it! Until then if anyone is interested, there’s a “sign-up for more information” form on the oneworldbirth.com website!
    Many thanks again and thanks for producing a wonderful resource!
    Toni
    Toni Harman, Producer/Director,
    ONE WORLD BIRTH http://oneworldbirth.com

  7. Shannon says:

    Hi Rachel, Lovely surprise to find the breech waterbirth in your list of good viewing. Even when I look at it now, three years after she was born, I still get goosebumps and find myself holding my breath while I wait for her head to be born. She and her mother taught me so much; I am so grateful to have been their midwife.

    • It is a beautiful birth – and what an honour to have been the midwife. It is great that this video can be shared and can help to eliminate fear around this variation of normal.

      • Robyn says:

        This is so beutiful, it left me shaking. My daughter was a vaginal breech but nothing like this, a small part of me feels grief that it was nothing like this but mostly I just feel in awe. Something has shifted in me recently and I can see things so much clearer, all births whether in water or not should be like this one in this video. Why don’t hospitals take into account the spiritual, emotional, cultural,and family health aspects of childbirth when they talk about safety? So many women are being damaged every day by the neglect of the system to acknowledge the implications, of not acknowledging these aspects of childbirth. If I feel empowered by watching it I can only imagine how the woman who gave birth feels. I bet she didn’t have an issue with postnatal depression or PTSD.

  8. Paul says:

    Thanks for posting the One World Birth trailer. I would love love love you to be involved in our One World Birth project!!! I love your site, I love your posts and I think you are an important inspiring voice for so many people across the world!
    Before the full-length documentary (which will come out in cinemas worldwide next year – that’s what we’re planning) we’re launching the main One World Birth site which is an online video resource featuring the world’s biggest birth experts for birth professionals to watch, inspire, connect and be involved in the whole project – so yes, once we launch, would love it if you could tell people about it! Until then if anyone is interested, there’s a “sign-up for more information” form on the oneworldbirth.com website!
    Many thanks again and thanks for producing a wonderful resource!
    Toni
    Toni Harman, Producer/Director,
    ONE WORLD BIRTH http://oneworldbirth.com

    +1

  9. Salvador Arcas Moncayo says:

    …step by step!!! World needs a “mind-change”!!!

  10. The post and the birth videos are great but do you REALIZE that a video on rape is embedded right in the middle!!!!

  11. lisa says:

    I love your blog and site. Thank you. Can you please tell us the name of the piece of music in the breech water birth video. thanks.

  12. lisa says:

    I followed your suggestion and discovered it is toni childs two songs sequed: womb and welcome to the world. thanks

  13. kay hardie says:

    this is the first time I have explored this site and I love it! Just watched the video of the breech baby being born in water – have to say I was smiling throughout but grinning broadly when her head finally popped out. Wonderful. As a home birth independent midwife in the UK I help many women birth in water but they are head down babies.

  14. Susie says:

    Breech birth in water: Hi, I recently attended a breech study day and water births were not recommended due to the fact that a breech baby sometimes needs help after delivery. At a recent water birth study day, a breech delivery in water was also not advised. Whilst your video showed a good delivery and outcome, I wonder how many have you seen ? and do you have any advice regarding positions for mother, as the one in the video was on all fours, or kneeling, which is good for this type of birth. Would love to see other’s response to this also.

    • Hi Susie – there is ‘debate’ around water birth for breech. Some practitioners feel that gravity is an important element of the physiological breech birth… other’s feel that water allows the baby to move easily and keeps the baby and cord warm. I am NOT a breech expert and I have never attended a breech waterbirth – so don’t feel qualified to make a statement either way. I know the midwife who attended the birth on this video. The plan was to birth out of water but the mother chose to remain in the water when the time came. I guess it is about being responsive to the situation as it unfolds.

  15. Hi there!

    I’m a home birth videographer in Portland, Oregon and have a sweet and short birth video I’d like to share with you all of our first child. It showcases the great work of our trusty midwife Joy Jech and her crew. It was a smooth as can be birth and I put together a video highlighting how strong a beautiful mommas can be during a home birth. The video link is here: https://vimeo.com/65759689 and can also be found at my website http://www.misterjuanderful.com. Hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!

  16. Birgit Romme says:

    Hi,
    I just came across your blog through a link of the positive birth movement. Recently I was looking up natural birth videos and I came across this one in Germany. I’d like to share it with you. http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plpp&v=zFMHB4RqpjI&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.youtube.com%2F&has_verified=1&client=mv-google&layout=tablet
    kind regards,
    Birgit

  17. Susana says:

    I know many felt the birth smart cartoon was in bad taste. Unfortunately all it does is represent the reality. Maybe it is the way women are treated that is in bad taste and not the cartoon. It represented my experience exactly.

  18. Isabel Stephens says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I agree with others who felt ‘Birthsmart’ was in bad test. I attended a midwife clinic where many tests were not conducted and even when I went in for an unscheduled visit at 30 weeks complaining that somehow I felt something wasn’t right, and the midwife heard a double heart rate and later on a trace would show a 4 minute interruption where my son’s heart rate was at 260bpm, and still they told me they ‘thought’ it was nothing to worry about. They ‘thought’ that it was just artefact (they baby moving around and flopping around) that had caused 4 minute interruption. They ordered no further testing to prove what they ‘thought’ it was. Furthermore, they did not ask me to come in the next day for a ultrasound to rule out anything physically wrong with my son. Six weeks later my son Nathaniel was delivered by emergency c-section when at a routine antenatal visit the doppler proved that my son’s heart was indeed beating at 260bpm constantly. He died 5 hours later when his heart gave out. Neonatal cardiologists told my husband and I that had it been take ‘seriously’ at 30 weeks and an ultrasound conducted, my son would be here with us today since 1 in 250 live with SVT Super Ventricular Tachycardia and require medication or a simple procedure to stop the SVT. Indeed the only risk would have been delivering Nate at 30 weeks so they would have given me the medication to see if it passed to him through the placenta. I am now studying to be a midwife myself, and while I still believe in ‘toward normal birth’ as I did with all three of my births, I find it hard to stomach how midwives like to brainwash everyone into believing that all babies are the same. All births are the same. When in fact all births are as unique as the babies being born. In the case of my first two births, my children were low risk. But in the case of my third child, he was very high risk but the midwives failed to believe that that could be possible since I had had two very normal births previously. To educate women who have very little knowledge of birth, and so they rely on obstetricians and midwives for advice, that no tests are needed and to do so is somehow disempowering yourself and falling prey to medicalisation of birth is absurd. I believe that to be an advocate for your baby is to make the best choice of birth place, which would be close enough to hospitals and higher medically trained professionals in the case of emergencies, and to perform the necessary test that prove that your baby is indeed at no risk or low risk at all. Hoping that ‘all goes well’ in labour and birth in my opinion is the most ‘risk’ you could take!
    Isabel

    • Hi Isabel
      I can understand why you responded to the Birthsmart video as you did. And I am sorry that you lost your little boy.
      You knew things were not right (without any tests) and you attempted to get further assessment and help. It is vitally important that women are taken seriously when feel concern. All tests should be offered. Simply listening with a pinnard or Doppler would had identified Nate’s abnormal heart beat and need for referral and treatment. I am sorry that this did not happen.
      I also hope that you are being supported in your journey into midwifery whilst carrying a bereavement. It is important not to let your experience influence your interactions with mothers… who may choose not to have routine tests during their pregnancies or make decisions you consider unsafe. This may be confronting for you if you are not well supported.
      Thank you for sharing your story and reinforcing the importance of mother’s expertise re. Their own baby’s wellbeing.

      • Isabel Stephens says:

        Hi Rachel,

        I guess with having both my ‘meanings and experiences of birth’ I am in a better position than most midwives to understand the lifelong sorrow and grief that is experienced by a parent when they lose a child. Others can only ‘image’ what it must feel like, and still others won’t even go there. As I have said, I am still a huge believer in ‘toward normal birth’, but at the same time can appreciate that we are lucky enough to live in a country that does have resources available to help ensure that babies (and their mothers) arrive safely into the world through routine testing and ultrasound screening. There is a midwife out there for everyone. Just like babies, I feel that midwives should not all fit into one cookie cutter image of what a ‘great midwife’ should be like or behave like. In my opinion, I would not feel comfortable with a mother who has chosen to have a homebirth and at the same time opt for no testing and in a remote location. Therefore, I would do my best to provide her with all the evidence-based knowledge I could find that would prove that being near a hospital, and having routine testing would assist in the safe delivery of her unborn child, and if she still wanted to go ahead with what she originally had planned then I would help her find a midwife that would be comfortable with her ‘expertise’. I have a woman in my support group who chose not to have any test and to birth her baby on the boat she was living on 1 hour away from closest hospital and her baby was stillborn. Now, she accepts all the testing she has to undertake to ensure her newest pregnancy goes all according to plan…which is the birth of a live and healthy baby which is what is most important above all. To answer your question of being supported, I do have wonderful lecturers and midwives who know and understand my situation and at the same time can see that I have a very special place in the midwifery world…one where I will support women responsibly with evidence-based practises, and another place where I will be able to ‘comfortably’ support parents when their baby dies or is born very sick.
        Thanks for allowing me to share my experience,

        Isabel

  19. Isabel Stephens says:

    Apologies, i meant ‘imagine’ not ‘image’

  20. I beleive it is important to keep a balance on everything. The majority of pregnancies are “low risk” and become “high risk” due to the sheer volume of tests avialable – this is the message that the video was demonstrating. As long as parents know the research and evidence behind each test they can make an informed decision at each point. The risk comes when parents do not understand and mearly follow guidence of the care givers. Routine care such as scans can be wrong by around 2 weeks – leaving women open to induction for post dates (yet another un eveidenced based procdedure) or open to having small/large babies. This is not to say that scans should not occur, however if parenst realised this information would they chose induction when they go past their “date” or when the baby is too small/big? Medicalisation of birth can be live saving, but try living with the effects of a medicalised birth and you suddenly realise that it can also be life destroying when used inappropriatly.

    http://www.partnersinpregnancy.co.uk

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