So I recently did my ACL playing soccer ( I wish I could say I was tackled going for a goal, or saving one! But no, I did it all by myself trying to change direction) and then last week had the reconstruction surgery to fix it.
Give me unmedicated childbirth ten times over rather than knee surgery! It knocked me around a lot more than I thought it would and now 8 days later am only just able to sit up and think straight.
As I can’t massage or teach classes yet, I am trying to work on my admin etc, but the first thing I end up doing is watching You tube videos of birth. So much to choose from. I wish I could show all of my clients these and so many more videos. But there is never enough time in my calmbirth classes so I thought I would try to make a list of worthwhile videos to watch to save expecting mums the time but also to help them avoid seeing videos that will not benefit them in the lead up to the birth.
One of the best things you can access freely on youtube is the movie The Business of Being Born. This is often the first seed in mums and couples becoming aware that the choices they make can affect the way their babies are born. One of my all time favorites.
Anything With Ina May Gaskin in it. This woman is simply amazing and so knowledgeable. Here is the first in a series of videos of some lectures she gave to some midwifery students
My all time favourite birth movie. It’s in black and white and there is some hippy music playing in the background but the mum is having the most amazing time and without fail leaves me with tears in my eyes.
As I was writing this post I came across a great video of a breech home birth. Not something you see everyday. It’s aways so strange seeing a baby come out a different way and this one is quite impressive. It also has some lovely shots of the newborn suckling which is great for expecting mums to see.
And one last one, not for the faint hearted. This woman is awe inspiring. She gave birth to triplets in an unmedicated birth and in about 30 mins from what I understand from the video. The most remarkable thing is she had a smile on her face the entire time. It’s pretty graphic, especially the second triplet who is born breech takes a while to perk up but amazing to see what a woman is capable of with amazing support, a willing medical team and lots of faith in herself.
I hope you enjoy and feel free to send me suggestions of other positive, inspirational videos that you might have seen.