For baby #2 (first to get on video) the tape ran out literally minutes before he was born. DH was right on it, though :)
I wanted a UC with my DD so I set up the video camera in place where I was labouring in the lounge room. I had wanted a 'land birth' desperately. In the end I called my midwife who was present for the final 15 minutes. I called for reasons not actually related to the labour, but if I had known how far along I was then I wouldn't have bothered, I thought there was still hours left But when it got to that intensity I was desperate to hop in the bath (we have a huge deep tub) something I hadn't planned or hoped for but at the time I needed it so badly. So basically the midwife managed to snap a few shots with my camera in between jotting notes frantically and monitoring me So I didn't end up with any video (though they were some awesome pics cause it was daytime). So I guess I am saying unless you are certain you will want to be labouring in the exact same place where the tripod is you should be prepared somehow to tape it if your body tells you to do something else. So even if you had a bath pool in the lounge you might want to walk around the hall, or sit over the toilet, or anything else. Next time I will be more prepared as I really want to get an awesome video. My first birth video was awful!
Ours was always on a tripod, or dresser w/ 4th-6th. W/ our 7th we missed it b/c for some reason dh hit record, but it didn't. I decided not to tape 9th or 10th. My dd took pics w/ our 10th. I am undecided w/ this one.
We have a tripod and I'm guessing the camera will get moved periodically as I move or just as things progress. We also have kids, so this could obviously come into play. So, maybe on top of our armoire, or from our cabinet, etc. And I'd also like some still pics as my husband is able to. :) As long as we can keep it relatively natural and casual, since that's the priority. If things don't happen or work out perfectly in recording the moment, oh well! Better to have a good moment and good memories of it.
If anyone has video of their unassisted birth, or any birth, you would like to share with my birth videos web site let me know. My unassisted birth section is slowly growing, at 20 videos now, but I'd love to have lots more! Your video could help a mommy have confidence to choose homebirth/UC/natural....