3 YouTube videos win top honors in contest to promote natural childbirth education.
Birth Matters Virginia recently sponsored a video contest in the style of The Business of Being Born to get Americans thinking about natural childbirth and the misconceptions surrounding it. With the U.S. ranking 41st in maternal mortality and our Cesarean rate surpassing 30 percent, it is more important than ever for women to be educated about their options. The organizers asked contestants to submit short videos about evidence-based maternity and delivery. Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (from The Business of Being Born) joined other moms from various backgrounds in the judging.
The entries ranged from personal birth journeys, the role a doula plays, midwifery care, Cesarean sections, birthing in the Amish culture, birth in Ireland, and more. Each video carried a message of the understanding that change needs to occur in our culture related to pregnancy and birth for the well-being of both mothers and babies. Here are the three videos that took top nods: