Books and movies

There are a few books and movies that are available that I thought I would share because they are so intertwined with the birthing world!

So let’s start with movies! Everyone loves a good movie night… popcorn, candy, snuggling! My favorite thing to do with a movie is to dive right in and just immerse myself with the scenes like I am there as part of the story! Then when the movie is over I feel as if I have really experienced the story and can finally come up for air. Weird, I know. Does anyone else do that?

Here’s a list that I like and think are important to the birthing world:

  • The Business of Being Born- This documentary, directed by Abby Epstein, examines the ways that the American health care system approaches childbirth. The traditional form of U.S. birth involves hospitals, drugs and obstetricians, while births in many other countries utilize midwives.
  • Orgasmic Birth- Oh my!!!! Another documentary showing the more “intimate” side of birth… watch with a wholesome open mind 🙂
  • The Face of Birth- I have not seen this one but am adding it to the list, it is a movie about a mother’s choice where to give birth.
  • Juno- a story about teen pregnancy.
  • All My Babies- A midwife’s own story- movie about birth in the early segregated South.
  • Motherland- this one is a winner in my book… this movie shows Manila’s Fabella Hospital where an average of 60 babies are born DAILY. This hospital is reportedly the busiest in the entire world, and in the movie shows the day to day workings in and around the hospital.

And now for books….

  • The Birth Partner- book by Penny Simkin, the world’s doula guru about how to prepare for childbirth.
  • The Simple Guide to Having a Baby- a Step-by-Step Illustrated Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Janet Whalley, Penny Simkin and Ann Keppler
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Dianne Wiessinger
  • The Red Tent- a first-person narrative that tells the story of Dinah in the Bible, daughter of Jacob and Leah, sister of Joseph who must take refuge during menstruation to the Red Tent but there finds companionship with the other mothers and sisters and women of her tribe.
  • The Midwife- This memoir by Jennifer Worth as a midwife in the lower parts of London in the 1950’s is also a show on Netflix, Call The Midwife!

I hope something in this list strikes your fancy and allows you to dive into the world of birth and all of its amazing miracles and stories. Everyone has a birth story, and I love being able to listen to them!

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