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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
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
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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.
Look at this as a poem celebrating life and not a literal training course.
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