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Giving Birth : Challenges & Choices, Professional Version with Teaching Guide [VHS]


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  • Actors: Suzanne Arms
  • Directors: Suzanne Arms, Christiane Northrup
  • Format: Color, Full length, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • VHS Release Date: December 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0966799119
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
There is so much I found informative in this video. I did not find fear or distrust of the medical model. What I heard was a challenge. Look at what is typical today in births around the US. Why are interventions that have been shown to have no positive results and sometimes harmful results still what's considered normal? Why does this nation spend so much on birth, with such sad results? We have one of the highest perinatal mortality rates in industrialized countries. There is an answer, look at what a normal birth is. Now we can integrate this model into hospitals. Birth is not a complication waiting to happen. It's normal process. I appreciated that most of the professionals Ms. Arms interviewed were OBs and Delivery Nurses. It let me see some of their frustration and made me feel good to know that they recognized a problem. They know how it could be. The educator's manual was very helpful. I think that if the father below had watched the movie in a class, and had some direction and an avenue to look at his feelings that he might have come to a different final verdict. It is disturbing to have our beliefs held before us. But the real focus was on change. We can make it better. We have the model to follow. I'd also like to recommend "Born in the USA". It has been shown on PBS. Let's change typical intervention laden births to beautiful normal births.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2000
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As a childbirth educator, I have found that this video, although at times very challenging due to the medical myths it topples, is well received by my couples. It is weighted firmly in the experience of the mother, but the birth scenes clearly depict the intimate involvement of fathers in the birth process. This video provides an excellent balance to the overly medicalized nature of birth in this country, and brings the spirit, power, and joy back into childbirth.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Krista Armstrong on September 28, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Unlike the previous reviewer I love this video. Birth is political! Educating yourself about birth will reveal that. If anyone finds this video produces fear for the medical model than they are now becoming educated. There is reason to fear what takes place in the hospital environment, more than one procedure in a hospital endangers mother and babe. I feel for the last reviewer if he could not see that this video produces a sense of normalacy for the birthing process and enlightens us to the realities of medical and medicated births. Mothers and Babies (and Fathers deserve to be transformed by birth, to experience birth in a natural normal setting, to see the awe in the normal birthing process. This video will lead the viewer down a path that once traveled will bring a magical and inspiring birth experience. I know of many who have viewed this and have changed many aspects of their health care, be it hospital or home birth, they now have learned about and practiced true INFORMED consent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Wise on May 31, 2002
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I think this video is right on target. I show it my clients as well as to groups interested in learning more about birth, and to college students when I am a guest speaker. I haven't heard a single negative comment about the video yet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 6, 2001
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This is a great video about the safety of homebirth, and the power a woman has to achieve a natural childbirth. It features obstetricians who support homebirth as well as midwifes, mothers, and childbirth educators. It makes the point that while technology can be very useful for those few mothers and babies who really need it, it often has more harmful than beneficial effects when it is not needed. That may be a hard message for those inculcated in the mainstream method of birth with routine medical interventions -- but the fact that it is hard to hear doesn't make it any less true. This video shows that birth is hard work (and since it is the mother doing the hard work, is it any surprise that a video on birth focuses on the mother?) but that it is work with a purpose, and a process that can have a transformative effect on a woman's life. Parenting is hard work, and so is birth, but satisfaction rarely comes from tasks that are easy. And providing babies with a gentle introduction to the world may be more important than we know.
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