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Sharing birth videos on YouTube - the next big thing?

Gemma with Freddie and Oliver

Meet the mum who has uploaded her birth videos to YouTube - will you be following suit?

Mum Gemma Vaughan has uploaded videos of her giving birth to sons Freddie and Oliver to YouTube - a home-made version of ‘One Born Every Minute’

Freddie’s labour video has so far had nearly 99,000 views, with baby brother Oliver’s birth video at 16,000. 

Gemma explains her reasons behind making a normally private experience open to the masses on YouTube: 

“Not long after I discovered YouTube in 2010, I found out I was pregnant but developed such severe sickness that I was hospitalised. I lost the baby at 12 weeks and spent a long time recovering at home.

“I needed something to pass the time and I discovered people vlogging (video-logging) on YouTube and thought: ‘I could do that.’

“Three months after losing the baby, I found out I was pregnant with my eldest son, Freddie. I decided I wanted to keep a pregnancy and baby diary; first as a hobby and second because there seemed to be such a supportive network of vloggers.

“None of my friends were having babies at the time and I felt more at ease talking to a camera about my hopes and fears than I did talking to other people.

“I knew I was opening myself up to all kinds of negative remarks but I don’t let people’s comments get to me. Besides, I needn’t have worried. The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.

“The comments people posted on YouTube about Oliver’s birth were lovely, with women saying they wish they’d been brave enough to do this. I think mums going through similar experiences are grateful to see someone admitting all these problems.”

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