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Childbirth Injury

Video: Childbirth Video in a Hospital
This is another great example of why unassisted childbirth is best for mother and child.

This is a short, silent clip of another hospital birth video. Hospital childbirths are always disturbing and here is another great example. First of all, notice the birthing position. The poor mother is nothing more than a vagina to the staff. The modern medical model of childbirth is the ultimate objectification of women. Make no mistake about it. You see the poor mother’s head peek over her stomach once to see what is going on. Also notice the blood. You rarely see that in a homebirth.

The second thing you should notice about this childbirth video is the way the birth attendant holds the poor baby upside down by its feet while she deprives it of much needed blood and oxygen by clamping the cord prematurely. Are these people monsters? Are they just brainless? I just don’t get it!! Does anyone think about the poor baby? Who holds a baby by its feet? WHO?? What a welcome to the world.

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22 Responses to “Video: Childbirth Video in a Hospital”

  1. (I deleted my comment above because of a typo, nothing else… fixed the typo; here is the same comment.)

    This is NOT what hospital birth looks like anymore. I, as a homebirth midwife, *rarely* defend hospital birth, but I will in this instance. I have been attending births for almost 25 years and have NEVER seen a baby hung upside down by his/her feet – EVER. The pulling out, yes… the manipulations to get the baby out – sure. But hanging a baby upside down. NEVER. A woman flat on her back? Only with a true shoulder dystocia. I have NEVER seen a woman without a shoulder dystocia flat on her back, always semi-reclined (which isn’t much better, I agree, but we *are* trying to be honest, right?).

    Let’s tell the truth, okay?

    August 3, 2007 11:37 AM

    Posted by Navelgazing Midwife | December 16, 2007, 10:26 pm
  2. sheryl

    Thanks for your comment navelgazing! Im tickled that you stopped by! I love your blog (its in my blogroll).

    Maybe babies are not be hung upside down anymore (although something makes me think that the video does not take place in a US hospital so maybe it does happen elsewhere).

    It still underscores the fact that newborn babies are treated roughly, harshly and without respect by birthing staff in hospitals.

    No mother or father would clean, inspect and weigh their newborn in such a harsh and callous manner. I believe babies are objectified as much as the females are and they are simply a “product” rather than a human being.

    To add insult to injury, the same people pad their wallets further with unnecessary injections, eye drops and genital mutilation.

    I guess I could make a distinction between “flat on her back” and “semi reclined” but I know from experience that having your head elevated six inches does not facilitate the birth process.

    August 6, 2007 9:48 AM

    Posted by Sheryl Lyon | December 16, 2007, 10:27 pm
  3. Where is the video of the girl giving birth in a hammock? I want that one back instantly!! That was my favorite one!! Please get it back!!

    Posted by elita | January 14, 2008, 12:24 am
  4. Can anybody reply ASAP because i luv that video and my class was supposed to see it and I can’t find it anywhere else. If anybody can reply that would be very helpful so, thank you!!

    Posted by Elita | January 14, 2008, 12:33 am
  5. I have the hammock video on my blog! Click the link above and look for the post “Birth in a hammock” about halfway down. If you want to see several lovely births please check out my blog. You might want to give your class the link.

    Posted by Dew | January 14, 2008, 6:41 pm
  6. You have to click my name “Dew” to get to the blog.

    Posted by Dew | January 14, 2008, 6:43 pm
  7. Sorry the link above wasn’t working, but just go to labels on my blog in the right hand corner and birth videos and you will find it. Amazing natural birth in a hammock.

    Posted by Dew | January 14, 2008, 6:45 pm
  8. Thank You So Much!!

    Posted by Elita | January 17, 2008, 12:08 am
    this is the hammock birth – beautiful

    Posted by JenniferT | June 20, 2008, 2:00 pm
  10. The birth is a compleate disaster!

    Posted by Mina | June 27, 2008, 10:43 am
  11. I am looking for a copy of an older childbirth video Is this your first? by Mark Scharenbroich

    Posted by sherry anderson | April 23, 2009, 12:18 pm
  12. Great video of the hammock birth Jennifer, must be really cool to be born in a hammock ^^

    Posted by Tom | August 14, 2009, 6:19 am
  13. I am looking for a copy of an older childbirth video Is this your first? by Mark Scharenbroich

    Posted by chandra | January 19, 2010, 5:25 pm
  14. congratulation!what an amzing delievry.I’m not married but curious about the baby is being born.thanks!

    Posted by donnie | February 25, 2010, 4:25 pm
  15. good grief!that’s got take alot of pushing to get the baby out.not i
    understand all the pain and stress going throuh with child birth.

    Posted by donnie | February 25, 2010, 4:27 pm
  16. Awe man why I gotta eat ice cream &
    seen this at the same time.Thanks
    alot Karol for ruining my appetite.

    Posted by doonie | March 18, 2010, 11:29 pm
  17. I didn’t know it was that painful for yall women to barely all those
    stress carrying us in your belly
    and giving birth at the same time.
    I learned alot how to be a parent
    thanks to this birth video.IT was bad timing for me to watch this
    while having ice cream.For the love and respect of all the pain yall ladies gone through.This has been so educational.Now kids that watch this they odda think twice
    about gettting pregnant and stated
    practice safe sex.

    Posted by donnie | March 18, 2010, 11:39 pm
  18. Very good news ! Thanks you for the article.

    Posted by priligy | June 29, 2010, 3:25 pm
  19. Nice information and site. thank you.

    Posted by Mike | September 9, 2010, 11:16 pm
  20. I’ve heard some proper horror stories of hospital births but I feel pretty convinced, all in all, that 99.9% are untertaken with no problems now.

    Posted by Cover My Cast | October 18, 2010, 7:04 am
  21. I had my babies in a hospital and it didn’t look like that. (Not that I was seeing it from that angle although they did show me with a mirror for my third baby) They were also much more caring and gentle with my babies. It was a much “warmer” situation than what this video portrays. I have no complaints about any of my hospital births but cannot give you a personal comparison to a home birth. I think where ever you feel most comfortable is where you should be. The main focus is that sweet little prize you get at the end of the biggest workout of your life. (At least that’s what it felt like for me.)

    Posted by Wendy | April 20, 2011, 6:38 pm

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