Movies / DVDs
Here are some of my favorite movies of birth mamas in my practice love to watch, that are most readily accessible, and links to where to get them. These are movies to inspire! Most are on the topic of birth but I also included some breastfeeding and yoga ones.
Breastfeeding & Newborn Movies / DVDs
Here are descriptions of two movies we love:
Joyous, sensuous and revolutionary,
Orgasmic Birth brings the ultimate challenge to our cultural myths by inviting viewers to see the emotional, spiritual, and physical heights attainable through birth. By witnessing the intimate experiences of 11 women, birth is revealed as an integral part of women’s sexuality and a neglected human right. Director Debra Pascali-Bonaro shares what she calls “the best-kept secret” as we witness women in the ecstatic release of childbirth.
The 85-minute film Orgasmic Birth is subtitled in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Czech, Polish, and Greek with other languagetranslations in progress. To date, Orgasmic Birth has been featured on ABC-TV’s “20/20” and Great Britain’s GMTV “Breakfast Show.”
The San Francisco Examiner, Guardian Newspaper, UK Times, Irish Independent, Denmark’s Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, Toronto Star, and Brazil’s Superinteressante are among the global publications that have reported on the film in recent months; a feature for the Washington Post is in the works. Those who have never seen the film offer strong responses as to the possibility of pleasure and empowerment during birth, fostering on-going discussions and publicity worldwide.
Orgasmic Birth features a birth we attended, plus our interview. Please visit the Orgasmic Birth website for more information.
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 nations 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 and producer Ricki Lake offer a probing look at childbirth in America in the documentary The Business of Being Born which explores the history of obstetric, the history and function of midwives and how many common medical practices may be doing mothers more harm than good. The Business of Being Born was screened as part of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival - Mark Deming, Rovi All Movie Guide.
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