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As each little shift in birth occurs on this seemingly solid terrain, my soul soars high above it all, raining down its gratitude. I am compelled to share. These, coupled with my last post, should keep good birthing energy swirling around you for a good, say…lifetime.
- Okay, folks, SageFemme is rockin’-n-rollin’ lately with providing links to amazing birth videos and stories. So, I’m passing the following two along:
- A beautiful, short narrated B&W slideshow of a midwife in Ohio (“Like Heaven into My Hands”). Good for people who may not know much about the work of midwives, this story gives you a quick peek into her life and her simple beliefs about birth.
- Inspiring slideshow of a triplet homebirth and photos up until babies are 6 months old. This woman is a goddess!
- My friend Jeanette came across this raw, honest blog called “Birth Matters”. In it, Gretchen pours out her heart, her experiences with birth, and leads you on a journey of questions, heartbreak, healing, and ultimately…hope.
- A very brief article about a rare new “procedure” (or, as I like to call it, an “informed way of birthing”) called “Assisted Caesarean”. How I wish I could have birthed Kaia in this sacred way, lifting her from my womb with my own, trembling, waiting, grateful hands. The accompanying photo is lovely as well.
- This is a stunning trailer for the classic, groundbreaking film “Birth As We Know It”, now released on DVD. I own this movie, but didn’t realize you could view this trailer online. This morning, Kaia sat on my lap, watching as women birthed their babies in the Black Sea. She smiled as she saw the babies crowning, or being born, and would say “Mama…Baby Water!”. I don’t know anyone who isn’t moved to their core after viewing this film and no one can resist the sweetness of the infants and toddlers swimming underwater like graceful dolphins, some clinging in glee to their siblings or parent’s backs.
- More about the film, from the website: ”Director Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova shares her experiences as one of the co-creators of the “Conscious Birth” movement in Russia during the early 1980’s. It included a very effective birth preparation program which culminated in summer birth-camps at the Black Sea where women gave birth to their babies in warm shallow lagoons. The movie features eleven natural births, including home birth, water birth, birth of twins, breech delivery and an astounding self-birth by Tanya Sargunas – a world renouned Spiritual Midwife and pioneer of Conscious Birth in Russia. The midwife community calls this film “the most profound and comprehensive guide to conscious birth in the world”, because it delivers a powerful transmission of what it really takes to give birth consciously”