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Natural Born Babies - Modern Day, Natural Childbirth


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Natural Born Babies presents a modern account of today's natural childbirth. Told by 10 mothers, this program chronicles their journeys to challenge the conventional hospital birth model to give birth in their own way. Resurgence interest in natural childbirth has led a record number of women to midwife-directed centers, where high-quality care combined with a nurturing environment is at the forefront of a movement. This movement seeks to dispel the inaccurate picture and practices of modern Western medicine. Gone are the days when midwifery was primitive and outdated. The modern midwife is presented in this film as she puts women and children first. Lorri Walker, RNC, NP, CNM, one of Southern California's best-known midwives, shares her insights and wisdom overcoming the medical model of birth. Birth professionals often overlook and disregard important subjects about birth. Hear an honest account of birth plans, Cesarean Sections, safety, unnecessary interventions and reluctant fathers as they are addressed - perfect for persuading any skeptic. This program attempts to separate midwifery from a tarnished reputation and years of misinformation and negative publicity that has been propagated by the medical community.

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  • Directors: Lorri Walker
  • Producers: Lorri Walker
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: TMW MEDIA GROUP
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CWEQGM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,748 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Katy on October 13, 2011
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I am a doula and childbirth educator looking for educational aids. This video has a good selection of people's experiences of natural/home birth, but it is little more than an advertisement for the midwifery service in California who paid to create it. If you are interested in people's experiences, this might be helpful, but it had very little visual interest and almost no actual information about childbirth. I am disappointed and wish I had spent the small amount of money to rent it first. I am more than a little annoyed at having been misled into spending money to purchase someone else's commercial.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By angel on March 18, 2013
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Overall it was an informational video but it only really talks about home birth and neglects to discuss the possibility of having a natural birth at a hospital or birthing center. Since I am a high risk but still want to do a natural birth this information was not as helpful for me personally and I would have liked some more different information.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mjx on January 25, 2013
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I was hoping for more of a personal or education film, but instead it was just people talking into a camera. The scene cuts from one person to another very quickly, so the chatter is endless... just a bunch of people jumbled together so quickly my pregnant brain couldn't stand more than five minutes. I got to part two and turned it off... Watching the Business of Being Born now, which is what I should have done in the first place!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leah Douglas on April 29, 2010
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This is a great little 24ish minute long dvd to give you a very brief overview of the natural birth experience. It is put together by a birthing center in California. I found it helpful because the people interviewed were more, in my opinion, normal moms and dads. They weren't your all natural, organic, hippie-granola crowd. Rather, they were more along the lines of a make-up consultant or an anesthesiologist. Normal women can do this too. :)When we were warming my parents up for a home birth (a new concept to them), this was the video I wanted them to see, to help them understand what we were aiming for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Lopez on June 21, 2013
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I watched this short video per recommendation of my pregnancy forum. After listening to all these highly educated professionals speak about their home birth experience, I am almost conviced I have the strenght and the power to deliver my baby on my own, at home, with the privacy and intimacy this life event deserves. I have yet to make my decision, but this video has greatly influenced me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By babyboomer on August 18, 2011
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I found this short film to give me inspiration to make it through the last 2 months of my pregnancy knowing that I would have a homebirth at the end of it. For a more educational perspective on the same type of information, I would watch The Business of Being Born or Orgasmic Birth. It explains in detail the types of unnecessary interventions that are mentioned in this film. Natural Born Babies is a great intro to those who haven't yet considered a natural birth!
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This was a great overview how educated and just regular couples had such a great experience in giving birth at their home or the birth center. Here is my summary of the video:

One Mom said, "you give birth the way you live life, if you live life in your own way, then you might want to have a birth in your own way."

Introduction of their experiences
Talks about a few different couples experiences with birth at a hospital. They all seemed really enthusiastic about their births. After they seemed as if they were missing something from their birth. They felt like they were treated as a sick person would be with the changing of the clothes and all the monitoring equipment.

The Snowball Effect
The couples talk about there fears when one intervention is started then another one usually has to compensate. One midwife mentioned that may of the protocols are put in place to protect the establishment/hospital and can actually change the labor progression. An anesthesiologist was worried with his wife being pregnant that if she got one then it might lead to a cesarean section. According to their statistics the more monitoring and more epidurals/drugs given the higher the cesarean section rate is. He mentioned that cesections are not as safe as natural or vaginal birth for many reasons: increased infection, mistakes, higher risk of death, morbidity, longer healing rates. For doctors it is easier and lucrative to give a cesarean section.

Birth Specialists
Various midwives talk about what they do as specializing in the normalcy of pregnancy and birth. They work with woman who are low-risk and help them stay low-risk pregnancies. Obstetricians specialize in the pathology and diagnosis and treatment of birthing women.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Schweikert on January 3, 2014
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It was short and it was really only people talking about their births. It would have been nice to have some actual births. It also seemed more an advertisement for a particular birthing center.
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