I've been super stressed out because of moving. Really, moving/packing wouldn't be that big of a deal, but it's moving and packing in conjunction with several other things happening in my life at the moment including numerous parking tickets plus parking court, my car (whose acquisition I still need to blog about) not passing inspection on four different trips to the mechanic (Pennsylvania, you're making me hate you!), feeling hot, humid, fat and frumpy, the stack of dishes on my counter that haven't been done due to everything else, and my whole life being in general a succession of small but overwhelming tasks. (Longest run-on sentence ever in the history of this blog.)
So today I watched some of my favorite birth videos on youtube to remind myself what I really should be focusing on. I LOVE watching birth videos of natural home and water births and this was the most encouraging thing I could have done to relieve the stress I've been under lately. Eating a pint of ice cream out of the carton (no clean bowls) with a fork (no clean spoons) was not a good decision. But this? Good decision, Elisabeth.
I'm going to be giving birth in roughly eight weeks and I need to be preparing myself, mentally and physically, for that experience. Letting other things stress me out is a hindrance in every way. Part of how I keep my mind on the road ahead is by watching birth videos. Here is a list of my favorite youtube birth videos. I've noted the ones that might be considered graphic so you can avoid them if you so choose, though I don't personally consider natural birth to be graphic.
#1. Accidentally Unassisted Homebirth - The mom in the video gave birth while her husband was down stairs letting the midwife in. It's just her and her baby in the bathtub. This one isn't graphic at all.
#2. Waterbirth: Mom catches own baby - In this video the mom is at a birth center in a tub and the midwives stand back as she catches her own baby. I'm hoping I get to catch Baby Snider myself. This one is also not graphic.
#3. Flex Born in bed at home - This is actually an ad that has aired in Europe for a bed. I think it's amazing (in a good way) that this sort of thing is allowed to air across the pond. I can't imagine American audiences standing for it. Since this is an ad it's artfully shot in such a way that you can't actually see anything graphic in this one either.
#4. Waterbirth Baby Born in the Sac - Awe inspiring video of a mother giving birth, her child still in the caul. (This means her water never broke.) Eventually the midwife reaches down, releases the child from the sac and hands the child up to the mother. Graphic.
#5. Clio's Freebirth - Part of a Discovery Health special on women who choose to give birth without the assistance of a midwife. This one amazes me as the mother appears to have a completely pain-free birth. She's talking to the baby's father through out the whole thing as if there is nothing special happening at all. The baby simply slips out and she picks him up without so much as a grimace! In this one the mother is naked, but since it's shot for tv, parts of the body are blurred out. Some might still consider this graphic.