BIRTH VIDEOS

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Do’s and Don’ts of DIY trend.

WITH more than 3.5 mil­lion views on YouTube, The Unas­sisted Birth of Ja­son Shawn II has her­alded the birth of a new in­ter­net trend.

Some of our most per­sonal mo­ments are posted on­line for the world to see, so it shouldn’t come as a sur­prise that when you Google ‘‘ child­birth video’’, hun­dreds of re­sults ap­pear.

Child­birth videos can be in­for­ma­tive, ed­u­ca­tional and in­spir­ing. They can also be alarm­ing, shock­ing and fright­en­ing. And then there are the com­ments . . .

Birth videos aren’t new; they’ve been screened at pre­na­tal classes for decades. But the DIY trend of film­ing your own ex­pe­ri­ence and up­load­ing it on­line for any­one to see is a new and grow­ing thing.

The fear cre­ated around ma­ter­nity and birthing is an in­sid­i­ous cul­tural norm that is now be­gin­ning to turn.

In 2009 it nearly be­came il­le­gal in Aus­tralia to have a home­birth. Three years later, the num­ber of women choos­ing to have a home­birth has dou­bled.

Of course there is noth­ing wrong with choos­ing ( or hav­ing to choose) a hospi­tal birth but videos of home­births can help preg­nant women to be­come aware of their op­tions and their right to choose the con­di­tions of how they give birth.

The ex­pe­ri­ence can be a defin­ing and trans­form­ing ex­pe­ri­ence but it can be­come a blur af­ter the event and in the first chal­leng­ing stages of par­ent­ing a new baby.

So film­ing child­birth pro­vides moth­ers and fam­i­lies with the op­por­tu­nity to watch the mo­ments they missed – or were obliv­i­ous to – af­ter the event it­self.

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