Stop it! What are you doing? What is all this censoring of birth videos and docuvideos about birth?
YouTube has been a leader in so many respects; what is happening now? Those of us who work in birth, advocate for civilized birth, crave natural birth information have (happily!) turned to YouTube for a validation of our unconventional ideas. To be able to fire up our computers and log-on to your wonderful site and see our birthing sisters around the world has been a welcome ritual for millions of women everywhere. Whereas most in our computerized culture never see another baby being born until we have our own, YouTube gave women a window into one of the most basic and universal experiences on earth.
Yet, here I sit today, scratching my head about why several of my friends’ videos have been removed. They aren’t using copyrighted songs, they aren’t showing pornography and they certainly are not showing horribly graphic violence. What they are showing is the beauty of a human being coming into this world. Sure, birth happens when a woman and baby are naked, but what is new about that? Has our culture become so vile that seeing any naked adult and child constitutes child pornography? Do images of a breastfeeding infant look like molestation?
Trying to contact anyone at YouTube for answers or to initiate dialog has been futile. Therefore I am writing on behalf of all my birthing friends, clients, sisters... midwives... families... and anyone hungry for information and knowledge about childbirth... please, please, PLEASE reconsider your censorship and re-instate the birth videos and the videos that discuss the wide range of pregnancy, birthing and postpartum experiences that occur all over the world. We need YouTube’s leadership in advocating free speech. Please be the leader we thought you were.