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The Best Documentaries About Pregnancy

Updated May 7, 2021 1.9k votes 1.2k voters 194.6k views19 items

List RulesVote up your favorite pregnancy docus that every mother-to-be should watch.

Watching the best pregnancy documentaries can shed light on what to expect when you're expecting. There are a number of documentaries out there that detail the different aspects and behind the scenes medical aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, including using traditional doctors and hospitals vs. home birth with a midwife, what to expect during your pregnancy, and the medical mysteries of childbirth. What are good pregnancy documentaries? You can help decide by voting up your favorites. 

Without having information, it’s hard to understand the science behind pregnancy, what your pregnancy will be like, and especially how to take care of a newborn. These topics are equally important to childbirth, and documentaries like this can help you prepare for this amazing transition in your life. A few of these docs about pregnancy are even available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

This list discusses the best documentary films discussing pregnancy, including National Geographic: In the Womb, The Business of Being Born, Pregnant in America, Babies, and Waiting for a HeartbeatVote up those pregnancy docus you would recommend to your friends.

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    The Business of Being Born is a 2008 documentary film that explores the contemporary experience of childbirth in the United States. Produced by Ricki Lake, it compares various childbirth methods,...  more
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    Nova: Life's Greatest Miracle

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    Discovery: from Conception to Birth

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    40 Weeks

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    40 Weeks’ award-winning documentary team is thrilled to present expectant couples a film they can relate to and share with one another.

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    A Doula Story

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    Pregnant in America

    Steve Buonaugurio, Gordon Grobelny
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    Released2008

    Directed bySteve Buonaugurio

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    Pregnancy for Dummies

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    Birth Story

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    National Geographic: in the Womb: Identical Twins

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    Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth Vs. the Real Thing

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    National Geographic: the Science of Babies

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    Business of Being Born 2

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    The Face of Birth

    Andrew Bisits, Justine Caines
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    Released2012

    Directed byGavin Banks, Kate Gorman

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    Nova: the Miracle of Life

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    Natural Born Babies - Modern Day, Natural Childbirth

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    Works of Wonder

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    Freedom for Birth

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    Freedom for Birth is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Alex Wakeford and Toni Harman....
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    First Comes Love

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    First Comes Loves is a 2012 documentary film directed by Nina Davenport....
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    Babies, also known as Baby and Bébé, is a 2010 French documentary film by Thomas Balmès that follows four humans through their first year after birth. Two of the babies featured in the film are from...  more