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Birth Day

Naoli Vinaver Lopez , Diana Paul , Frank Ferrel  |  G |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Naoli Vinaver Lopez
  • Directors: Diana Paul, Frank Ferrel
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sage Femme
  • DVD Release Date: March 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N2G41O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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"Needless to say, this is not your typical birth video. In fact, this is not your typical birth in the USA, which is all the more reason that it should be shown, and often." Claudia Stearns - Doula

"If I only had one video to show my clients from now untl forever, this would be it." Nancy Wainer - midwife --Claudia Stearns, Training Director, BACE

"I spent most of my life as a fighter pilot and a paratrooper. I have no idea why I thought this video would interest me, but was positively captivated by it. "The music and the camera shots created an atmosphere of serenity and tranquility that just grew on me. If you are contemplating a home birth, this video will give you the motivation, insight, and confidence you need to start working seriously toward it. If you are not, it will enlighten you. Birth can be a joy that brings out the best in a family. It isn't the anxiety and discomfort many of us had always taken for granted." --Terry Buettner, Hendersonville, NC

"As a childbirth educator, doula, and mother, I've watched countless birth videos. Without question, BIRTH DAY is the best video currently on the market. I live in the USA where in most cases birth has become more of a medical event than a life event. But BIRTH DAY gives viewers a chance to see a completely normal, natural home waterbirth, with the mother's family (including her other young children) in attendance. Viewers will be given the gift of spending a "birth day" with Naoli Vinaver Lopez and her family at their beautiful home in Xalapa, Mexico. To witness the love and support Naoli and her family share during her labor and birth, combined with beautiful music and narration, is nothing short of inspiring. I was so inspired that I too, had a home waterbirth! "Every pregnant woman and her family needs to see this video. It was also one of the few birth videos I felt was appropriate to show my then-3-year old son as we prepared for the birth of his brother. Basically, it should be required viewing for anyone planning to ever give birth!" --Ami Burns, Chicago, IL USA

Product Description

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.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
As a childbirth educator, this video is a must for normalizing the healthy, natural birth process. As a mother, this video was integral for preparing my family and myself for my second birth! I watched this video weekly with my two and half year old son ( I cry every time I see it!) as preparation for my homebirth. While my homebirth did not happen, what did happen was an even bigger miraculous, perfect birth experience! I found out my baby in utero was a footling breech,(one foot on my cervix, one foot tucked up)a presentation that has some recognizable risks, so my homebirth became a scheduled csection, much to my chagrin, and sorrow. Well, my baby and body decided we were going to have a natural perfect non surgical birth anyway! I watched Birth Day, and sure enough, went in to labor in the middle of the night...after staying at home for early labor, my husband and I left for the hospital....BOOM! My water broke in the car, and 20 minutes later, my perfect healthy footling breech baby was born, shocking all the doctors and nurses at a very reputable hospital! They had NEVER seen a woman give birth so ecstatically, without fear, just trusting in the process of this non typical birth...the doctor wanted to give me a csec, but I yelled "no! this baby is coming now!" and pushed out my son, Noah Jacob, one foot first, then his body, and head...it was glorious and liberating and beyond expectation and the birthing world will be talking about us for years to come...trusting the process, believing in birth, giving over to the pain all enabled us to have a stress free, magical experience!!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!! Watch this video, trust in your body--GIVE BIRTH!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Glimpse at the often Unseen October 10, 2007
By J
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This video is completely delightful. It is full of deep and moving insight, and gives food for thought about so much. This family has invited us into their lives for an intimate and beautiful moment that most people never even get to see in their own families. Birth is a wonderous and beautiful thing to behold, and this video introduces it that way. I would recommend this to people who not ever have witnessed natural (or any) birth and as well as to those who have.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see video to all pregnant women December 3, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Thank you very much Naoli Vinaver Lopez for sharing with us your beautiful, natural homebirth experience in "Birth Day."

I am a Lebanese 29 year old physical therapist who encourages natural childbirth. Being a man, I cannot criticize or judge any laboring woman who asks for pain relief but I find it is very pitiful that almost none of the births nowadays occur naturally. Nearly all of the women have an epidural or even a cesarean because of fear and pain during childbirth. These powerful drugs cross the placenta and go directly to the baby and can cause great harm. Nature has Her own pain relievers if a woman is allowed to move naturally and birth freely without constant monitoring, observation and drugs.

Watching the amazing documentary "Birth Day" is a necessity for all pregnant women. It will reduce fear and encourage women to have their babies in a healthier, more natural way.

"Birth Day" is a great homebirth movie showing that childbirth can be a beautiful experience especially if shared with an encouraging, loving family.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Childbirth DVD/Video December 29, 2005
Format:DVD
I'm a doula and childbirth educator working primarily with couples who are planning a hospital birth. However I always show this beautifully made documentary because I want them to see how natural and normal the birth process can be.

Because it's such a short DVD I take it with me to a prenatal visit and we watch it at the end. Without fail, by the time the film is over the parents have snuggled close together, hugging and kissing and obviously very moved by the visual impact of the birth.

Even the most squeamish fathers seem to be able to handle this movie and are reassured that their presence and support at the birth are very important. If you only buy one DVD or video for your lending/teaching library, this is the one to get!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful birth I've ever seen... October 12, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This film is the reason I decided to become a midwife!!! I first saw it years ago, and was totally awed by the power and beauty of this family. Their story, and the images of her sweet, nurtured, instinctive, and powerfully present birth stayed with me, and haunted me when I was confronted with the realities of birth in the US hospital system. When birth can look like this, who would want anything else? I am honored and thrilled to be joining the ranks of women like Naoli, and will return to this film time and time again for inspiration and hope. Naoli is a magical Mama who labors and births with complete faith; she knows that her body will move the baby out perfectly, she feels and expresses the labor and delivery with honesty and empowerment, and her husband, children, and extended family provide a wonderfully supportive atmosphere. It still brings tears to my eyes ever time I view it, and now I can even cry over the Spanish version!!! It's wonderful that she was willing to record her narrative in both English and Spanish - each version is complete in it's own right, beautifully edited and filmed, and matched with music that couldn't be more achingly perfect for the scenes. I will never tire of this film, and plan to share it with everyone I know!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this video
Even if you are birthing in a hospital you will want to watch this very moving video of what birth can be. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Raymond J. Harshbarger
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be required viewing
This should be required viewing for every parent-to-be. Sure, it's short, but it packs a lot of punch into that ten minute running time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shaggy
1.0 out of 5 stars A dearth of information
Thirty dollars for ten minutes of video (not counting the "bonus"/special features) is a bad deal. And to boot, the video supplies no information whatsoever, unless you consider... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Timothy B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film, but buy it from Amazon, not "Love Delivers"
This is a beautiful film, I've used it for years in my birth doula and birth education work. It's my very favorite birth film because it shows what is possible for birth when it's... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sasha
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful birth video
I LOVE this video! it is so peaceful & beautiful & shows how with the right setting & the right support people natural birth can be transcendant and romantic. Read more
Published on June 9, 2012 by Kristen
3.0 out of 5 stars birth day
I found this a lovely birth to watch, but investment wise for my classes it was not good value, it was very short and was not very educational for women wanting a natural birth in... Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by gwyneth
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Birth Video Worth Owning on a Budget
If I were to recommend one birth video for any woman and her partner considering starting a family, this one would be it--HANDS DOWN. Read more
Published on September 27, 2011 by Gloria Ng
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointed
I thought that I was ordering a movie that showed multiple women giving birth at home. What this actually is, is 1 woman, who gives birth at home in Mexico. Read more
Published on May 18, 2011 by Modern Dayhippy
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning!
This is the video I want my pregnant daughter to watch.

This is the most beautiful birth video. Very educational and powerful. I wish it was less expensive. Read more
Published on January 23, 2011 by Rejoice!
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite birth films
As an birth educator and care provider, I turn to Birth Day more than any other film to show how simple and beautiful birth can be. Read more
Published on December 2, 2010 by kim
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