Friday, August 13, 2010

Video Depiction of The History of Childbirth

I first saw these video clips on The Unnecesarean.  Each segment is part of a video entitled The Timeless Way: A History of Birth from Ancient to Modern Times.  It was released in 1998, and it's a fantastic depiction of birth through the centuries.  I think it should be included in every childbirth education course.  It takes about 20 minutes to watch all 5 segments. The images are stunning.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Part 1: Birth Images from Ancient Times

Part 2: European Birth Images from the 1500's

Part 3: Birth Images from the 1800's

Part 4: Changes in Birth Practices

Part 5: Consequences of Modern Birth Practices


  1. I LOVED those. Thanks so much for sharing. You are right-- those would be awesome videos to show in a class.

  2. Thank you Heatherlady!

    The only thing I would change is the part that says something like "today about 1 in 5 women will have a cesarean". That's now about 1 in 3.

  3. Love the Timeless Way. We watched it at my doula training and then later I did a viewing of it at my house for a birth advocacy group. Some of my friends from church came too. Great film.