This is birth like you've never seen it before.
Giving birth is one of life's most transformative moments. This documentary film unveils the secret that birth is also a source of feminist empowerment and an act of revolution. Discover what autonomous birth looks like, and hear what it means as a laboring woman narrates her own experience of birthing a child.
Executive Producer Ricki Lake and Filmmaker Abby Epstein follow their landmark documentary, The Business of Being Born, with an all-new, four part DVD series that continues their provocative and entertaining exploration of the modern maternity care system. More Business of Being Born offers a practical look at birthing options as well as poignant celebrity birth stories from stars including Alanis Morissette, Gisele Bundchen, Christy Turlington-Burns, Cindy Crawford, Molly Ringwald, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Melissa Joan Hart.
Natural Born Babies presents a modern account of today's natural childbirth. Told by 10 mothers, this program chronicles their journeys to challenge the conventional hospital birth model to give birth in their own way. Resurgence interest in natural childbirth has led a record number of women to midwife-directed centers, where high-quality care combined with a nurturing environment is at the forefront of a movement. This movement seeks to dispel the inaccurate picture and practices of modern Western medicine. Gone are the days when midwifery was primitive and outdated. The modern midwife is presented in this film as she puts women and children first. Lorri Walker, RNC, NP, CNM, one of Southern California's best-known midwives, shares her insights and wisdom overcoming the medical model of birth. Birth professionals often overlook and disregard important subjects about birth. Hear an honest account of birth plans, Cesarean Sections, safety, unnecessary interventions and reluctant fathers as they are addressed - perfect for persuading any skeptic. This program attempts to separate midwifery from a tarnished reputation and years of misinformation and negative publicity that has been propagated by the medical community.
The perfect film for all who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, Organic Birth: Birth is Natural! is a 52-minute film adapted and edited from the 85-minute award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret. The expanded midwifery section, more concise format, and added chapter navigation, will make this film a must-see for expectant parents and the perfect resource tool for use in childbirth education classes.
Orgasmic Birth is a movie that will change the way you think about and experience birth! With the growing overuse of technology, surgery and drugs in childbirth and the underuse of natural comfort measures, water, midwives, doulas and support. Orgasmic Birth brings a challenge to our cultural myths that safety resides in more technology, while science tells us for most MotherBaby’s less is more in childbirth. I invite you to see the emotional, spiritual, and physical heights attainable through a gentle loving model of birth as seven women and their partners share their most intimate moments. The movie will take you on a joyous, sensuous and revolutionary experience. You will never think about birth the same way!
The true story of Steve and Mandy Buonaugurio, a young, adventurous, expectant couple, who decide to take a daring and potentially dangerous approach to having their first child--outside the modern American medical system. What they learn about hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, midwives, and home birth as they travel across the United States and Europe interviewing experts and confronting birthing situations, exposes them to some shocking and disturbing realities about America1s maternity care system and what is happening to women and babies. Ultimately, what they learn impacts on and alters the outcome of their own pregnancy.
While the United States has perhaps the most advanced health care system in the world, it also has the second-highest infant mortality rate of any industrialized nation, and many have begun to question conventional wisdom regarding the way obstetricians deal with childbirth. While midwives preside over the majority of births in Europe and Japan, fewer than ten percent of American mothers employ them, despite their proven record of care and success. How do American doctors make their choices regarding the way their patients give birth, and who is intended to benefit? Director Abby Epstein ("Until the Violence Stops") and Daytime Emmy Award-nominee Ricki Lake (TV's "The Ricki Lake Show," "Hairspray") offer a probing look at childbirth in America in the documentary The Business of Being Born, which explores the history of obstetrics, the history and function of midwives, and how many common medical practices may be doing new mothers more harm than good.
The documentary quietly shows the life of a home birth midwife, from prenatal to birth, to postpartum, while also examining what the birth environment looks like in states where home birth midwifery is not legal, and families are faced with fewer birth options.
Seventeen states do not allow CPMs to attend home births. If a midwife chooses to practice anyway, they are faced with the possibility of arrest. In an act that should be simple, giving birth has become a human rights issue and a political event.
Midwife shows the compassion and beauty that begin with birth, and encourages viewers to explore their options, and with whom they choose to attend their births.
In this two disc set we hear from four esteemed doctors. In Part One, "HOME BIRTH: the Spirit, The Science and The Mother," Drs. Marsden Wagner, Jeanine Tgettis, and Fred R. Duhart talk about their views of and experience with homebirth. Part Two includes "Evidence Based Childbirth," "Luna" and "A Cow Trough??" Medical Anthropologist Dr. Robbie Davis-Floyd explains American birth from a personal and academic perspective in "Evidence Based Childbirth." "Luna" shows a beautiful natural homebirth from Costa Rica. "A Cow Trough??" is a hilarious 3 minute tour de force of how to create a sumptuous spa out of...a cow trough. Both discs present lovely and empowering images of birth. In 80% of the world, babies arrive naturally, peacefully, and safely at home. In the United States, birth happens in a much different way. It is more of a surgical procedure where powerful drugs and unnecessary cesarean sections have become commonplace. Maybe the United States has something to learn from the rest of the world.
The new International Version is in fourteen languages: English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
Special Features include interviews with Naoli's husband, parents and her midwife. It also shows delivery of the placenta, cutting the cord and intimate family scenes around the birth.
BIRTH DAY has screened in hospitals, clinics, homes, museums, classrooms, conferences and many, many film festivals.
Based on Barbara Harper's book, Gentle Birth Choices, this documentary presents birth as every woman would like it to be. It beautifully reveals the magic and the mystery of birth through the experience of six women actually giving birth -- where and how they choose (standing, squatting, waterbirth, homebirth). They are family-centered and attended by midwives or OB/GYN.
Many have a concern about having unnecessary hospital birthing procedures, and this documentary guides women in their desire to be in charge of their birth experience, answers questions couples have about birth, and dispels many commonly held beliefs.
Birth In Action chronicles the experience of one family's journey through a natural childbirth. This documentary takes an in-depth look at the natural birthing process, as well as the various stages of labor and birth from the moment the mother's water breaks to the glorious birth of the couple's son. Complete with insightful interviews from one of today's leading Midwives and the Doulas and Educators who helped make it possible. This documentary provides some of the most current information available today on "low-tech" births without medical intervention.
Birth As We Know It is a treat for both the heart and mind. This groundbreaking documentary film delivers spectacular cinematography, soothing vocals, and instrumentation alongside a calming narrative. It leads us gently, comfortably on a path toward realizing the miracle of birth. Birth As We Know It introduces future parents to the advantages of conscious conception, pregnancy, and birth. Director Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova shares her experiences as a co-creator of the Conscious Birth Movement in Russia during the early 1980s. An effective preparation program culminated in Black Sea summer camps where babies were birthed in warm, shallow lagoons. This stunningly beautiful movie features eleven natural births, including home birth, water birth, the birth of twins, breech delivery, and an astounding self-birth by Tatiana Sargunas - world-renowned Spiritual Midwife. The midwife community calls this film the most profound and comprehensive guide to conscious birth in the world. Included are informative interviews on topics rarely discussed, such as the sexuality of childbirth, circumcision, and limbic imprinting. Birth As We Know It always conveys its messages in a non-intrusive, wonderfully inspirational way. Dr. Michel Odent, an icon in the world of natural delivery for the past 30 years said, We must pay tribute to Elena for prompting us to re-examine basic features of human nature. Her film explains why millions of women, all over the world, dream of giving birth in the sea, among dolphins. Since 1982 Vladimirova has traveled throughout the U.S. teaching Birth Into Being workshops that incorporate breath work, graceful movements, and emotional healing that often lead to ecstatic birth experiences for both parents. The birth itself is the last accord in this fascinating journey of self-discovery, says Vladimirova. After all, preparation is accomplished, the delivery of the baby unfolds naturally in all its magnificence.