“Birth Matters Virginia” Video Contest Results

Click here to see the finalists, as well as the comments from the judges.

Let your voice be heard

There is a birth video being made which will feature all different women, and you are invited to be one of those women, by submitting a short audio or video clip about homebirth — why you chose it, your experience, or how it affected your family. You can also submit a written account. Click here for more information.

Thanks to Citizens for Midwifery for the link!

Educated Birth

This is a video which was made for the Birth Matters Virginia Contest. It’s not my video, but I liked it. (I’m sure there are many other videos made for this contest, so you can probably do a YouTube tag search and find them. If I have time, I’ll try to remember to do this myself.) Because it’s in the contest, please make sure to rate it!

Thanks to Diana for the link!

Birth in a Cow Trough

Rachel wanted to have a water-birth, so she converted a cow trough into a comfy birthing tub. I don’t know how much a cow trough costs, but my midwife rented a labor pool for $250.

Birth Video Contest

Birth Matters Virginia” is sponsoring a contest for birth videos. Full details and more information are on the website, but here are a few excerpts:

We want to see entries from professional and student filmmakers as well as from mothers, fathers, grandparents, childbirth educators, obstetricians, midwives, pediatricians, doulas, and anyone who cares about the culture of birth in this country. Don’t worry if you don’t have fancy editing equipment. We’re more concerned with substance than style. We expect both amateurs and professionals to enter this contest and everyone will have a shot at the top prizes.

Filmmaker’s Guidelines

  • Length: 4-7 minutes
  • Style and Tone: factual, informational, educational, inspirational
  • Content: the Birth Matters website has extensive information about how we define evidence-based maternity care, and you can read about how the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services defines mother-friendly-care here. We want women to know that they have choices, and your video should explore a fairly narrow topic related to pregnancy or childbirth so that you have time to adequately explore your theme. We want women to have the information they need to make decisions that will best benefit themselves and their babies.
  • Tips: facts and statistics are always helpful, but must be from a reliable source. Interviews with healthcare providers, educators, expectant couples, and new parents will reinforce the message of your film.
  • Requirements: You’ll need to get anyone that you interview or use footage of to sign a simple release form acknowledging their participation so that we can use their image in the event that you are a winner or finalist. This is especially important if you use any sensitive or personal footage, such as footage of a labor or birth. If you film at any locations that are identifiable (this means hospitals or birthing centers), you’ll need to get their permission in writing as well. You can use the same form for locations.

The judges will be Ricki Lake, Abby Epstein, and Dr. Sarah Buckley. First prize is $1000! In order for your video to be considered, you have to upload it to YouTube with the proper tags and make sure you let the Birth Matters Virginia website know.  Pretty simple, but make sure you follow the directions.

If you’re on facebook, you can also join the group there.

Kathy’s Birth

Yesterday, I got 1015 hits, most of them to do with “Kathy’s Birth” in various search terms. A big thanks to Jill at The Unnecessarean for getting to the bottom of the mystery.

First, if you’ve come here looking for the funny clip, here it is.

However, if you’re looking for the supposed 70s clip of the woman named Kathy actually giving birth… you’re outta luck. That was just a fictitious bit of tape made for the “Worst Week” show. If however, you’d like to watch actual birth videos, I’ve got a lot of them right here.

Since I’m Kathy… If you are interested in my birth stories, here is my first birth and here is my second birth. If you want to read other birth stories, you can choose that category from the drop-down box in the left hand column.

Onto the subject of men attending birth and/or being squeamish about seeing their wives or other women give birth, since that was the thrust of the funny “Kathy’s Birth” clip you’re looking for. Ladies, let’s let men be men, and if they don’t want to see you or anyone else give birth, respect that. Some men can actually be turned off by seeing their wives give birth, and have trouble reconciling the sexual and birth-giving aspects of your genitalia after seeing birth. If you push it, you may be disappointed by the repercussions. Just something for you to ponder.

Some men just don’t want to see other women give birth. Respect his limitations, and get a female friend (mother, sister, friend) to go to birth classes with you and attend you in birth. We see throughout history that most birthing women were attended by only females, so the current trend of requiring fathers to be at the birth of their children (which is fine if the men want to be there) is an oddity. Just some food for thought.

This is weird

I just checked my blog stats (it’s 8:15 a.m., Central Time; although the blog day begins around 6 p.m. — I think midnight in London or something — no big deal to me either way) — and already I’ve got about 750 hits. Today. About 14 hours out of 24 hours for this day. To put this in perspective, usually I get about 300 hits per day, sometimes less, frequently but not usually nearly 400 or above. My previous high day was Jan. 3 with 575 hits; before that, it was sometime in October or maybe before, when a commenter from Dr. Amy linked to me and I got a 100 hits or so just from that. Since I went to that thread and thanked her kindly for all those hits, just as I did the last time she had linked to me, she won’t link directly to me any more. Since I don’t read her, I have no way of knowing what if anything she is saying about me. I assume she hasn’t said anything, since there are no links, but this makes me wonder. Most of the hits have been some variation of “Kathy’s birth video” or going to wordpress and doing a tag search for “birth video(s)”. Which makes me wonder why all of a sudden everybody is looking for birth videos. Of course, there are no videos of me giving birth, because the first time, I forgot to have anybody get out either the video or still camera, so I have no pictures of me greatly pregnant, in labor, giving birth, or in the first few hours postpartum — only in my noodle, as Amadeus might say. The second time, I didn’t think I was in labor, and there wasn’t anybody around anyway to take pictures, much less video, so of course there aren’t any videos of that; although there are a plethora of pictures and some video in those first few hours postpartum. Considering some of the birth videos I’ve seen, I rather suspect that I would prefer that no one see any birth pictures or videos of myself in my birthday suit, so if given the choice, I’d probably not have a video camera at any subsequent births, either (although I enjoy watching other births, and am not concerned about what other women look like at that time). So I’m left wondering, why are people interested in “Kathy’s birth video”? Is there some celebrity whose name is Kathy and whose birth has recently been released? Or has Dr. Amy directed people to google for “kathy’s birth video” so they can see something on my blog that she disapproves of, but won’t link directly to me? Nah — the point of not linking to me would be that she wouldn’t want to direct traffic to my site, not being surreptitious about me not knowing that she’s blogged negative things about me. Unless, somehow, she approves of what I’ve said or shown, which I can fully see her not wanting me to know. 🙂

So, does anybody know why all of  a sudden I’ve got nearly double the hits I usually get, when the day is barely half over? And what is the big deal with birth videos or Kathy’s birth videos? If any of you regularly read Dr. Amy’s blog (which I cannot recommend), have you seen me mentioned? Should I be paranoid or glad that all of a sudden I’m so popular? I’m at a loss to explain this, and I was rightly named — I’m curious as a Kat!

Whoever these people are, they’ve now been exposed to a lot of good birth videos, at least. 🙂

P.s., in the 15 minutes or so that it’s taken me to type this, I’ve gotten another 15 or so hits. Totally weird, but I’m not complaining!!

Update — apparently I never actually hit “publish” so it’s now 4:21 p.m. Central time, and about 22 hours into the WordPress day. I now have 975 hits for today — about 3 times what I normally have. And I still have no explanation for it. (Nor do I have any complaints about it, either!!) But I’m just completely bumfuzzled.