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.