Millions and millions of people are watching random strangers give birth on YouTube.
Just FYI: This post contains images of childbirth.
I can’t remember the first time I saw childbirth. I have a vague memory of a video being shown in “PD” lessons in high school, but at an all-girls school in the early 90s such a video was more sanitised than educational – and we spent most of the class passing notes about the hickey on Lisa Hudson’s neck anyway.
These days all it takes is a few flicks of your fingertips and a click of your mouse. From there you can take your pick – from birthing triplets to C-section hospital birth to garden births (yep, flowers and all.)
It’s all there for anyone to see.
Breech births, vaginal births, water births and even (terrifyingly for the lack of warnings about their dangers) unassisted births. Researching online for this story, I found one shakily filmed “graphic childbirth” video which had more than two million views.
British mum Gemma Vaughan is one of these women who decided the rest of the world should see her at her most vulnerable. She posted a 39-minute birth video on YouTube, which has now been viewed by over 27,000 people.
Ms Vaughan told The Daily Mail that she was thrilled so many people enjoyed her birth.
“It really doesn’t bother me that men on my street may have seen me naked and giving birth. I’ve always thought of breasts as things to feed babies with rather than anything sexual.”
Vaughan is one of a growing number of women choosing to upload their births in full explicit detail. But that’s not to say that all of us should be doing the same.
I’ve had three babies – one C-section and two vaginal – and not once did it occur to me to “vlog it” and give it a catchy title like “Super gory bloody birth in full detail for all to see.”
I was too busy, well planning on having a baby.