The first of the childbirth video clips is a graphic natural birth in a birth center. The mother is only 18 years old, but does very well throughout. However, there are a few cautions to note that do not typically occur in a birth center. First, the mother is pushing on her back. She is somewhat upright, but not quite in an optimal position for birth. She may have had an easier time shifting to her side or with someone supporting her from behind, as it is difficult to maintain balance and positioning in the water.
The next issue is that the attendant on the left vigorously suctions the baby rather than letting clear its own airway if needed. Aggressive suctioning can actually push mucus or fluids further into the airway than if the baby is left well enough alone.
The final issue is that the attendant on the right makes an inappropriate comment about whether the couple will be "doing this again anytime soon". Regardless of the couple's ages, this type of comment simply isn't appropriate nor helpful to a laboring mother or her partner and does not show them the respect they deserve.
These Childbirth Video Clips are designed to inspire other mothers planning on giving birth naturally. They show how a natural birth can be realized in many settings, from home to hospital. Whatever setting you choose, a natural birth is possible. Don't let anyone discourage you from having the birth experience you desire.
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