Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Give me a good viral pregnancy video and I’ll watch it 20 times in a row while laughing, crying, gasping, clutching my heart — you get the gist. (Fortunately, watching them is actually part of my job description!) Especially because I was pregnant for much of 2014, the year’s best videos on the subject got me right in the gut. Here are my absolute favorites of the year.
5. “From Bump to Buzz”
This video makes my list as a placeholder for the whole category of time-lapse and stop-motion pregnancy videos that trended this year. There’s nothing like watching the adventure of pregnancy — such an intense journey, at times spectacular and at times arduous — play out right before your eyes. Bonus: The dad in this video, who is Tom Fletcher of the English band McFly, wrote the moving song that plays throughout. Total views: 10.5 million.
4. “Bawling Dad to Be”
This video slays me because it focused on the moment a dad-to-be learns he has a baby on the way. It’s such a sweet, wonderful, unique moment in time—and one the whole family will be glad was captured on camera! Total views: close to 1.4 million.
3. “#ShareaCoke with the McGillicuddys”
While those personalized Coca-Cola cans were making the rounds this summer — the ones that say “Share a Coke With…” followed by a name or title — one family was inspired to make what at first looked like an actual Coke ad. But it later reveals itself to be a most awesome pregnancy announcement. Total viewers: over 4 million.
2. “Valet Baby”
Because I was pregnant myself when I saw this video, I watched it with intense anxiety—and gratitude that I lived just 10 minutes’ drive from my delivery hospital! The insanely dramatic 10-minute clip on YouTube showed a GoPro camera-wearing dad’s capture of not only his epic race to the hospital with his wife in labor—but the baby’s sidewalk birth too! Total views: close to 5 million.
1. “I’m So Pregnant”
Let me count the ways I love this parody video of Iggy Azalea’s “Famous,” on the WhatsUpMoms YouTube channel. First of all, I was eight months pregnant when it came out this summer, and related to every word. Second, it’s so catchy, I literally sing the spoof words in my head every time the real song that inspired the parody comes on the radio! Total viewer count now? More than 14 million (though I may account for a couple million of those myself).
What was your favorite pregnancy video of the year?
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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom, as well as a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
Photo courtesy of YouTube/WhatsUpMoms
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Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
You’ve heard of people going on vacation to Hawaii and swimming with the dolphins, right? Dolphins are cute, smart, graceful—even funny. What’s not to love? But it’s one thing to want to become one with nature for an hour swim. It’s quite another to want dolphins swimming around you, massaging you, during the underwater birth of your child!
You read that right. North Carolina couple Heather Barrington, 27, and her husband Adam, 29, have trekked over 4,500 miles to Pahoa, Hawaii, with the intentions of having an underwater birth. In the middle of the ocean. Surrounded by wild dolphins. Dolphins acting as doulas. What part of this sounds like a good idea?!
Remember: the dolphins you see in YouTube videos doing cute tricks for treats in a tank at Sea World are not the same as the ones out in the wild blue waters. One is tamed and trained to respond to human commands; the other, in the mammal’s natural setting, is known to be malicious. The males gang up on the females and rape them. Both sexes kill small porpoises and baby sharks just for fun. This is not sweet, lovable Flipper we’re talking about!
But Heather and Adam—who got the idea after reading the book The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life by Drunvalo Melchizedek—are confident they are making the right decision for themselves and their baby. “It’s total relaxation for the mother,” Adam told the Charlotte Observer. “Dolphins are very intelligent and healing, which in turn calms mother and baby for the whole process,” added Heather. They hope the dolphin-assisted birth will bring “peace, comfort and strength” to the whole birth experience.
The couple flew to Hawaii in April for the months-long preparation for Heather’s July due date. The birth plan—in conjunction with The Sirius Institute, which sets up these kinds of births—is to have Heather try to bond with a group of dolphins over the next few months so they will become comfortable enough to massage Heather’s body to help relax her, or “escort the newborn baby to the surface for its first breath” as the Institute claims takes place during a dolphin-assisted birth.
I fully understand not wanting your birth to be a stressful experience for you or your baby. And, yes, the sound of waves is relaxing (that’s why nature-inspired sound machines are so damn popular!). But would you really want a 300-pound wild animal anywhere near your newborn child? And if that alone wasn’t scary enough, what happens if you go through complications during the delivery? What if you start hemorrhaging or suddenly need a C-section? Hello, we’ve all seen Jaws—blood attracts sharks!
I beg you, if you are looking for a peaceful way for your child to enter into this world, do not follow this couple’s lead! Get a doula, have a home birth, recite rhythmic chants—anything but this!
TELL US: Do you think a dolphin-assisted birth sounds like a good idea? Would you do it?
Image of dolphins courtesy of Shutterstock.
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