Gentle Birth Choices.
Video by Barbara Harper, Global Maternal/ Child Health Association, Inc., 47 minutes, 1993, $39.95 (plus $4 shipping). Available from IH/IBP Books.
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Opening with a euphoric and empowered woman who has just had a successful vaginal birth after cesarean vaginal birth after cesarean VBAC Obstetrics Vagina delivery of an infant after a cesarean section Complications Uterine apoplexy (VBAC VBAC
vaginal birth after cesarean
Vaginal birth after cesarean.
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VBAC Vaginal birth after cesarean section, see there ), this video only gets better as the viewer is treated to six wonderful "alternative" births attended by midwives, doctors, or both (water birth, VBAC, home birth, birth center births, and squatting). None of these births are treated as anything but normal--no hoopla hoop·la
a. Boisterous, jovial commotion or excitement.
b. Extravagant publicity: The new sedan was introduced to the public with much hoopla.
2. , no technology, no self-congratulatory scenes among the health care providers--just respect and support for the woman and her needs. Even when there are complications, like in two of the births, things are dealt with in a matter of fact manner, not with a crisis orientation.
Along the way, impressive testimony is given regarding the essentiality of midwifery as a major and critical component of women's health Women's Health Definition
Women's health is the effect of gender on disease and health that encompasses a broad range of biological and psychosocial issues. care, the mythology surrounding many common obstetrical practices, and the undeniable right of women everywhere to give birth wherever, with whomever whom·ev·er
The objective case of whoever. See Usage Note at who.
the objective form of whoever: , and however they please. This testimony is further enhanced by the fact that it is given by some fairly impressive folks--numerous parents; Michael Rosenthal, MD (obstetrician obstetrician /ob·ste·tri·cian/ (ob?ste-trish´in) one who practices obstetrics.
A physician who specializes in obstetrics. ), Michel Odent, MD; Nancy McNeese, CNM CNM Certified Nurse-Midwife; see nurse-midwife.
Certified Nurse Midwife ; Marsden Wagner. MD, speaking on behalf of the World Health Organization; and Maggie Bennett, a direct-entry midwife. Through their testimony, common misbeliefs that many pregnant women and their practitioners hold about the birth process are exposed and dispelled.
Through the skillful crafting of this video, many of the important decisions that parents face during pregnancy arc addressed. Some of the most effective footage dealing with these decision shows Rosenthal, speaking to a group of parents, saying, "For the last couple of decades, we obstetricians have tried to sell you on the idea that the hospital is the safest place to have a baby and that safety resided in careful electronic fetal monitoring Electronic Fetal Monitoring Definition
Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) is a method for examining the condition of a baby in the uterus by noting any unusual changes in its heart rate. . . . . It seemed to make sense, . . . but it makes no difference. Baby outcomes are the same . . . . But was there any difference? Yes, In maternal outcome. Every one of the studies showed . . . there were three times as many cesarean sections when the monitor was used."
One criticism I have heard about this video is that it is too bad that men were used as experts. Although that may detract from this video for some people, I found it to be a strong point when we consider the audience. For the most part, the women (and men) that we hope will benefit from this film are those who probably have fairly traditional medical beliefs about birth. To have people that the audience will recognize as experts discounting many of the fairly common beliefs is probably the most effective way to approach the controversy (and let's face reality for a moment: in this realm, the public at large still considers male doctors to be the experts).
The only other criticism that I have heard about this video is that the soundtrack at times seems heavy handed. For instance, scary music is playing during one of the complicated births and following infant resuscitation resuscitation /re·sus·ci·ta·tion/ (-sus?i-ta´shun) restoration to life of one apparently dead.
cardiopulmonary resuscitation . Most viewers would recognize the difficulty without the manipulative music. However, this is a very minor criticism when one considers the incredible value of this fine film for childbirth professionals and the parents that they work with.