Birth videos helped me have the best experience of my life birthing my baby. They can for you, too.
I began watching an absurd amount of birth videos after I heard a friend of mine say she laughed out not one, but two babies. Wow! Can birth really be like that? I thought.
I love birth videos, not because they create a bar to judge ourselves by, but because they show how differently and beautifully birth happens for each of us.
Watching birth videos, I learned how I wanted to be supported; I became able to communicate and SHOW my husband what support would mean the most to me; I was able to envision and create a birth entirely and completely different than my first traumatic experience; Because I indulged in binge-watching a few birth videos, a whole world of possibility was opened up to me.
“Women, don’t ever apologize for your behavior or choices during birth. When you OWN your experience and take pride in your journey, you help other women do the same thing. No matter how you did it, you just brought a human being into the world! The world should be kneeling at your feet.” – Lauralyn Curtis
Do this to make the most of your birth video binge-watching experience.
Take notes of what really lights a fire inside of you. Is there a really beautiful birth environment you need? Is it so sweet the way a partner hold’s a mother’s hand in a challenging moment? Do you see a coping strategy that makes labor seem more doable? Watching these women will help you KNOW that you can birth your baby.
Does your birth story matter? Absolutely. According to Midwife Penny Simpkin, your birth experience will stay with you the rest of your life. More so than anything else, no matter how difficult your birth becomes, the way you are treated in birth will stay with your forever. You will remember this day forever, so let’s make it a positive one. You can see her talk about why it’s worth it to do this preparation here.
And, like the women she has served, you may just find that after birthing, you know you can do anything.
Your body is meant to birth your baby.
If you have ever doubted if the female body is still designed to birth a full term baby in a modern age, these women will show you that yes, you are meant to birth your baby. Your body is meant to birth your baby.