Vlogging Pregnancy and Laboring During the Pandemic on YouTube

J Perinat Educ. 2023 Jul 1;32(3):141-148. doi: 10.1891/JPE-2021-0036.

Abstract

Since early 2020, the world has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The rapid changing situation led to unforeseeable challenges and questions for many people, including pregnant women. Through a textual analysis of personal narratives told via pregnancy and/or laboring vlogs during COVID-19, this present study aims to understand how women from China who live in another country during pregnancy have utilized YouTube vlogs to share their experiences. Through this analysis, we identify various challenges that these women experienced during their pregnancy. The COVID-19 pandemic exaggerated the normal difficulties of these issues and also created additional problems for these women, including regular pregnancy tests, choice of birthing locations, and the support and caring that were normal during this time period.

Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic; YouTube vloggers; narration; pregnancy; women from China.

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