Natural Childbirth Movies to Watch

Birth videos can be very informative, educational and uplifting to watch. Most of these clips contain nudity and some show everything – so please use your judgement when and where you watch the videos.

  1. The Business of Being Born. This is one of the best-known films about childbirth. Produced by and featuring Ricki Lake, it weaves together the story of Ricki’s second pregnancy, the work she does with her midwife to prepare for an unmedicated home birth, and an examination of how mainstream childbirth is managed in America.
  2. Laboring Under an Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing. Anthropologist and childbirth educator Vicki Elson examines chidlbirth myths and reality.
  3. Woman to Woman. This is a film about natural childbirth and activism. It’s available on Amazon Instant.
  4. Orgasmic Birth. This film experiences the intimacy of childbirth through couples sharing their stories about childbirth as a sensual experience. With insights from legendary midwife and educator Ina May Gaskin.
  5. It’s My Body, My Baby, My Birth. This film follows 7 expecting mothers through the emotional journey they each make toward natural childbirth. The film also follows midwives and childbirth educators.
  6. Pregnant in America. Young, expecting couple Steve and Mandy Buonaugurio decide to bring their baby into the world outside the hospital system. They travel around the country investigating American maternity care. You can watch this 2008 documentary on Hulu.
  7. MicrobirthA documentary on the latest research on the origins of the microbiome; how microscopic events during childbirth have lifelong consequences for the health of our children. (60 mins).
  8. Who’s Afraid of Designer Babies?
  9. The Face of Birth. The Face of Birth is an Australian documentary that examines contemporary birthing practices through the personal stories and journeys of women who choose to have their babies at home. Featuring some of the world’s top childbirth experts, The Face of Birth gives us the ‘big picture’ of the importance of respecting and protecting a woman’s right to choose how, where and with whom she gives birth. NOW AVAILABLE via download and DVD at
  10. Birth As We Know It. Now in 57 countries since its release in 2006, Birth As We Know It is receiving global recognition as the most comprehensive guide to Conscious Birth in the world, because it delivers a powerful transmission of what it really takes to give birth consciously and gracefully.


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