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Birth Videos suitable for kids

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

My midwives just gave me a birth video (surprisingly a unassisted twin delivery video which we haven't screened yet) but I wanted to check to see if anyone had any other suggestions as well. There is one on you tube that is a waterbirth set to a beautiful song "Olive's Homebirth". My kids have seen it a billion times and I think given that they will have the option of being present that we are ready for something equally beautiful but a next step. Maybe equally as non graphic but with some moaning?

 

My DS is 4 and is a very sensitive kid. While I am understanding that he may not want to be around while I am laboring - I'm trying to help him understand that if I cry out or moan that it's not something to get upset over.

 

Any suggestions?

post #2 of 15

there are tons of resources on youtube.  Hypnobabies births tend to be more quiet and peaceful, so use that as a search word.  My DD was 3 when #2 was born.  She had no issues watching births, in fact she asked to do it EVERY day. The ones that did not show how the baby came out just gave her more questions and did not satisfy her curiosity.

 

Of Note:  we just called it the "birth canal" and I told her she won't have that or a baby until she is an adult (just like boobs).  That seemed to ease her fear that a baby could try to pop out of her Hoo-ha.

 

Also, I felt it was important for her to see that the pain is temporary.  Yep, mom hollers AND there is blood, but once the baby is born all of that is over and Mom is happy and fine. We used words like "that mom is working hard" and talked about how if you lift or push something hard you grunt or scream.  And a newborn baby can look funny - wet, bloody, covered in vernix, smooshed, hairy.  All of that goes away real fast.  She was also ready for the cord cutting and the placenta.

 

She was totally ready for baby to be born and remembers it.  SHe has even asked if she can come to this birth (altho we will be at a birth center this time, instead of home).  ANd she wants to cut the cord again (we did not expect her to do that, but she asked as soon as the scissors came out)!

post #3 of 15

I just watched this one with my 2 1/2 year old DD. Beautiful! http://vimeo.com/41450984

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thank you! Kids and I watched that last night tspencer. I am glad that it had a little moaning and glad that it showed a messy baby. Both became topics of conversation.

post #5 of 15

Here is website I found, but haven't had a chance to watch any of the videos yet. If you would like to have more! http://www.diaryofafirstchild.com/2012/02/28/great-youtube-birth-videos-for-children/

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Just to update - my kids also watched the video that the midwives sent me home with and did surprisingly well with that too. I was a little concerned. There is a gush of blood with the second baby and my son isn't good with blood but either he just didn't realize it and there was too much confusion or because he was wedged between a cat and me with my daughter on the other side of me he felt okay in watching.

 

All in all a good video, there is a toddler present in the video as well which was a help for them to see that other babies are birthed with their siblings around.

post #7 of 15
I guess i should prepare mine? I have no clue where they will be for the birth. The could be there, at the birth center with us, or my sister could take them. It all depends on how long it takes. On one hand, i hate to get them all excited for it and then they have to miss it. And on the other hand, i would hate for my just turned 3 to be scared. . . Things to consider. Thanks for the family friendly link above. Saves me from YouTube screening!
post #8 of 15
My kids are total birth junkies! My 4 year old twins are still a little uncertain of the whole blood/messy birth thing, but my 7 year old is fascinated with placentas, LOL! They were home with my last UC until right before I started pushing. They were annoying me and it was causing my body to tighten up and I was screaming bloody murder in pain... so I had my dad come get them at the last minute. I fully intend on them being here for the birth this time. They are super excited about the birth, and meeting the baby. I don't censor the birth videos or pictures they view. It's not a huge deal to me ( or them) to see a messy, graphic birth video.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

Yeah but since my 4 year old screamed bloody murder when they tested my iron then when he saw but failed to realize what the doppler does right after that... I figured to slowly work our way to the more graphic stuff if needed. So far so good. The last video was fairly graphic.

post #10 of 15
Aww! When I was pregnant with my twins, my then-2 year old freaked out when I was getting my blood pressure taken! It was so funny, but kind of heart breaking. He really thought they were hurting me!
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Originally Posted by Catwmandu View Post

Yeah but since my 4 year old screamed bloody murder when they tested my iron then when he saw but failed to realize what the doppler does right after that... I figured to slowly work our way to the more graphic stuff if needed. So far so good. The last video was fairly graphic.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

Yeah - even tonight he hesitated with the fetoscope. He knows that my stomach was cut for my births and is very upset about that. In hindsight I should have had them show the kids the gel and doppler before it was placed on me. My midwife for my last pregnancy showed them to my DD ahead of time I think.

 

I just took it for granted that they would see it's harmless.

post #12 of 15
My 5-year-old is pretty fascinated with all this stuff. He was there for a transvaginal ultrasound and asked me later if my vagina was ok.

So cute!

He asked me not too long ago if birth was going to hurt because he thought it might because babies are pretty big and he doesn't think it will it.
post #13 of 15
My 6 year old and I just watched this one, we both teared up! No nudity shown and camera angle isn't too graphic while still seeing the actual birth. Also it showed various stages of labor, which was great! it was perfect for his questions :-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lChCms37lY&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Edited by kt~mommy - 10/27/13 at 5:55pm
post #14 of 15

KT~ Thanks for sharing that one! Just watched it with my daughter. It was beautiful! 

post #15 of 15

My 3 year old daughter watches random ones on youtube. She's seen a few that are pretty bloody, but it doesn't seem to bother her. She loves watching them.

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