Must see documentaries about babies, childbirth & breastfeeding

Before I actually gave birth, I was not all that interested in childbirth or “baby things”. Yeah, I read the Dr. Sears books and Ina May Gaskins’  Guide to Childbirth, but the process of birth was totally foreign to me. Once I had my own experience to consider, I had a hunger to learn about other women’s childbirth experiences. So much of a mother’s personal choice gets tossed out the window in the constraints of a hospital birth. I just had to learn what my REAL options will be when I finally have baby #2.

As I mentioned in this post, I had a lot of time late at night to indulge in TV as I struggled through postpartum sleep deprivation. I also found time to watch documentaries and Ted Talks when my daughter would fall asleep on me while nursing and I would be trapped in baby jail on the couch for her 2 hour-long nap. Always making the best of it, I found a few movies that I REALLY enjoyed. As a woman, as a mother, and as a proponent of keeping women’s rights and health care choices within her own power, I found these movies fascinating, heartwarming, and empowering.

Here is my list of worthy documentaries about babies, childbirth, and breastfeeding. 

Babies – the 2010 documentary from Focus Features film co. This movie follows 4 children in 4 different parts of the world through their first year of life. You can watch it for free here.

The Business of Being Born – Produced by Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein. I liked that this movie explored the medicalization of childbirth and  then offers a look at the alternative to hospital births, a.k.a. the home birth.

Breastmilk (watch the trailer here) – Also a Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein production. This movie follows women in their breastfeeding journey, taking a look at working moms who have to pump at work to keep their supply up, the social and cultural barriers women face as mothers, and the idea that breasts are only for sexual play. If you are a breastfeeding advocate – this film is for you!

Birth Story– A documentary about Ina May Gaskin and the infamous Farm. 🙂 Highly recommended for any crunchy mom or attachment parenting advocates.

Films I still want to see:


The Milky Way

The Mama Sherpas

Have you seen any of theses movies? What did you think?

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