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Birth Without Violence (2008)

M.D. Frederick Leboyer , Frederick Leboyer  |  NR |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: M.D. Frederick Leboyer
  • Directors: Frederick Leboyer
  • Format: Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Earth
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BTZV6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,121 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Apart from a short introduction, there is no commentary or voice-over in these three films. Talking is the expression of your mind thinking. Thinking is nothing but an illusion, which you continuously project on what is. I recommend to stop thinking while you watch these three movies, stop talking, quiet your mind, and be pure attention. --Frederick Leboyer

Product Description

A revolutionary look at the way we welcome our children into the world features enlightening information, beneficial instruction, and beautiful imagery.

Federick Leboyer, MD graduated from the University of Paris School of Medicine where he served as Chef de Clinique. He is known for his best-selling book Birth Without Violence, on which this new DVD of the same title is based. He currently resides in Switzerland, where he continues to write and conduct seminars.

Birth Without Violence is comprised of three unique films on one DVD. The first film, "Birth Without Violence," takes a revolutionary look at the way we welcome our children into the world.

"Shantala: Loving Hands," the second film, examines traditional East Indian massage derived from Ayurveda, emphasizing the importance of touch for the newborn.

Finally, in the third film "The Art of Breathing," Savitry Nayar Shivalingapa teaches the traditional carnatic chanting connected to Qi Gong and Yoga Prana, accompanied by the tampoura.

Suzanne Arms, author & filmmaker, says: "These films take you into the heart of the mystery of what it means to be born, and how fully conscious and exquisitely sensitive babies are from the start. Leboyer pays homage to both ancient feminine wisdom and the crucial law of the mother-infant relationship in shaping our life and culture."

"Leboyer is that rare combination of scientist, mystic, and poet." -- Newsweek

"Amazing ... Birth Without Violence is a sensual experience, visually and verbally, as its poetic prose blends with the pictures like the unfolding of a happy dream ... The impact is strong, [Leboyer's] appeal inviting." -- Boston Globe

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Celebration of Birth October 26, 2009
Leboyer is so subtle. What he has found and teaches is still so radical it might be hard for us to see and hear. We expect something completely different; instruction, guidelines, graphic hospital scenes. What he wants us to see is the miracle of a child being born. His first book created such a stir. He was accused of risking the newborn's life What he showed was the simple fact that we need not rush. We can let birth unfold and not,by often unnecessary procedures. aggravate the baby's shock of coming into this world. Naturally, provided conditions are normal. He does not propagate risk taking. With this film he shows clearly, what science later has proved, that the new born sees,hears and feels.

Today courses in baby massage abound . Again Leboyer was the first to introduce baby massage in the Western world. This second film shows a young Indian mother going through an old traditional form of infant massage. With expert loving touch she communicates with her son.

Last but not least, the third film introduces chanting in child birth preparation and labor. What could be more
radical? This is not a hippie movie or 70's movie, as one reviewer calls it. No cannabis involved - no offence meant. I am an admirer of Ina May Gaskin and all the other wise midwives. But this film raises birthing to a different level. It uses water, flood and storm as a metaphor for the process of birthing and labour. Leboyer encourages women not to be afraid. To set aside preconceived ideas of what labour is. The film is a celebration of Womanhood. But sadly few of us are able to listen.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars celebration of life April 16, 2009
What is beautiful about LeBoyer, is not the his association with indian culture and teaching it to white women, but the awareness of the beauty and naturalness of child birth. Let's remember that this was introduced in the 70s in the west, when births in the hospital was at it's highest. And it is getting to that point again. What LeBoyer does it bring our awareness back to the health of the child, the mother, the journey of birth and what it can be, rather than this "illness" that the west has forced upon us.
Look at this as a poem celebrating life and not a literal training course.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre and pointless November 11, 2013
By Rpadron
I picked this up at my local library while on the hunt for techniques to help with natural childbirth preparation. It begins with a creepy black and white birth scene that scared my toddler. It doesn't get better from there. There are no words throughout the DVD. It felt like a horror flick.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not an instruction DVD September 12, 2009
The first film is not about the birthing process. The film starts with the baby's head already emerged from it's mother and a pair of hands pulls baby out and places it on its mother's belly. No narration or talking as the baby lies there on it's mother's belly.
The second film is a woman massaging her baby. No narration or speaking.
The third film is a woman playing a sitar and singing/chanting. No breathing instruction, narration, or speaking
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2.0 out of 5 stars just plain odd February 12, 2009
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Out of all the great stuff out there for doulas & midwives, this isn't one of them. It's just odd. So 70's. Natural childbirth should be "natural" - teaching white women to make noises like they are from the Indian culture is not natural. I recommend any of Ina Mae Gaskins works or Penny Simkins stuff leagues above this. I know some people will disagree - fine - to each her own.
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