While I was pregnant I loved watching other women giving birth on TV. As crazy as that sounds, I know I wasn’t alone. All my fellow pregnant bloggers would tune into the likes of ‘One born every minute’ and ‘In the club’ and for some reason, not freak out at the impending labours we’d all be going through!
Funnily enough my labour didn’t put me off and I still enjoy watching these programs. Most recently I had the pleasure of watching a private screening of ‘Beautiful Births’ by filmmaker Jacqui Blue, who depicts another side of pregnancy.Jacqui is a mother to 5 boys, yep 5 BOYS – hats off to that woman! After a C-section to her twins followed by 2 VBACS (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) she had a water birth and found a passion for natural birthing options.
Her aim in this documentary is to raise women’s awareness for natural births and all of the options available. Many women feel forced into birthing plans and don’t get to make their own choices in terms of who hold baby first and who’s in the room – we really are so fortunate in the UK! Even though I didn’t get the water birth I planned (cheers for pooping Jaspy!) I still felt I had control and so many choices!
We all love to share our horror stories of giving birth but Jacqui documents the real beautiful birthing journeys of 3 women, in and out of hospital.
The documentary is not only heart warming but inspiring and eye-opening. I laughed, I cried and I crossed my legs with gritted teeth!
I learnt about healthy diets during pregnancy (something I certainly didn’t consider while pregnant with Jasper *cough*pass me the chocolate*cough*!
I also learnt about the various birthing methods, birthing centres and out of hospital births; the midwifery model of Care and various interventions.
It’s a must watch for any muma, mum to be or simply a person interested in the beauty of births!
Check out the trailer here:
Ooh it’s made me feel a tad broody!
Did you guys watch any birthing programs during pregnancy or since?
Thanks for reading xx