NMI DVD Library

National Midwifery Institute offers students the loan of DVDs from the NMI DVD Library. Students must submit a signed copy of the NMI Media Loan Agreement to the NMI Office by e-mail or postal mail prior to being sent DVD requests. DVDs are listed alphabetically by title. 


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Babies Know...: Seven Principles of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology

Santa Barbara Graduate Institute Center for Clinical Studies and Research

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Prenatal and perinatal psychology is a multidisciplinary approach that explores in depth the biological, psychological, mental, emotional, and social development of babies as they grow into unique individuals through their relationships with caregivers. 

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Baby-Led Breastfeeding...The Mother-Baby Dance (with Christina M. Smillie, MD)

Geddis Productions, A Makelin Media Production; Written by Christina M. Smillie

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From DVD back cover: In Baby-Led Breastfeeding, we see mothers learning to breastfeed naturally - by letting their babies show them how. Like kittens and puppies, human babies are already hardwired to seek out and find the breast. In this video we see just how babies can do it - when we get out of the babies' way. We also see Kittie Frantz, RN, CPNP-PC, who now uses Dr. Smillie's approach in her own practice. Copyright 2007

NOTE: NMI's version is currently only in English

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Birth: Featuring 36 Births

Veronica Wagner CNM

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From DVD back cover: A wealth of information about birth on ONE video. Portions of thirty-six actual births illustrate the information, facts, and statistics given. There's enough here to help both husbands and wives eliminate the fear and look forward to birth. Including: posterior and breech presentations, vaginal birth after cesarean, pre and postnatal care, cord management, siblings at birth, placenta, nursing. Copyright 2006

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Birth As We Know It

Birth Into Being, birthintobeing.com

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From DVD back cover: Peace In The Womb = Peace In The World. Contains 11 natural births combined with an invoking narrative and breathtaking soundtrack. Embark on a journey of conscious birth, and discover first-hand the miracle of life and the ultimate possibilities of Birth. Copyright 2006 

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Student Reviews:

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes. 
Is it helpful to your studies? Somewhat, it was interesting.
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes. 
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Birth Day

Sage Femme

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From DVD back cover: Birth Day is a documentary exquisitely capturing the beauty of a natural home birth in the lush mountain countryside of Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Taped by the baby's grandfather, Georges Vinaver and narrated by the baby's mother, midwife Naoli Vinaver Lopez, we are treated to the birth of this family's third child and first daughter, Tamaya Okumura Vinaver. Copyright 2007

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Student Reviews:

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes, my favorite home birth scene. 
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes, especially now that I am pregnant. Good example of midwifery care. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes, I would! It's important to know women capabilities for natural birth. 
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Birth in the Squatting Position

Birth Works International, www.birthworks.com

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From DVD back cover: In this classic, refreshing, and empowering film from the 1970's, women are shown giving birth in upright, squatting positions. We see primarily the last moments of birth with close-up views of a perineum stretching on its own. 

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Born In Water: A Sacred Journey

Doble Via Productions and the Andaluz Waterbirth Center

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From DVD back cover: A beautiful collection of seven waterbirths, including a home water birth, attended by midwife, Jennifer Gallardo, at the Andaluz Waterbirth Center in Guatemala and Oregon. Copyright 2001

Also available on YouTube (below)

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Born in Water: A Sacred Journey

Doble Via Productions and the Andaluz Waterbirth Center

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The Business of Being Born

Producer Ricki Lake and director Abby Epstein; New Line Home Entertainment

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From DVD back cover: Inspired by their own unique birth experiences, producer Ricki Lake and director Abby Epstein team up to provide a nation of mothers-to-be with insight into the process of childbirth and the various options available when preparing for life's most special event. From pregnancy to the miraculous moment of birth, The Business of Being Born is an entertaining and informative celebration of the road to motherhood that 'should be seen by every pregnant woman in America' (Jack Mathews, New York Daily News). Copyright 2007

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Catching Babies: Celebrating the Power of Birth, Women & Midwives

IFTIN Productions

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From DVD back cover: What if we could change the world by changing the way babies are born? CATCHING BABIES is a 60 minute documentary film that weaves the stories of mothers and midwives on a journey to bring life into the world. Filmed along the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, CATCHING BABIES follows women as they study midwifery at Maternidad La Luz. As the women juggle their rigorous academic struggles, they must also provide quality health care to mothers and babies. Watch the sister-midwives as they live and learn in this transformative space, which gives birth to babies, mothers and midwives. Copyright 2011

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A Clear Road to Birth

directed and produced by Judy Seaman

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A documentary about unassisted birth. Copyright 2002

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Creation: An Educational Documentary of Instinctual Birth 

Morningstar, Shanti Productions

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From DVD back cover: All of the wimyn in this creation birthed by desire against a modern current. Even the wimyn helping the wimyn. Some left their country. Some were VBACs, post-dates, pre-dates, first birth and births after many days with broken water. Some said hello and good-bye the same day. One birthed her twenty-first child. All said no to drugs and surgery and followed an instinct that led them to a miracle. May the simple and sacred lead us to a more peacefilled planet. 

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Duka's Dilemma

Jean Lydall and Kaira Strecker, BBC

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From DVD back cover: A married mother of five, Duka enters a state of emotional turmoil when her husband marries again. Among the Hamar in Southern Ethiopia who live with herds and cultivate small fields of sorghum in their remote, bush-covered country, men are allowed to marry more than one wife, but few do. From dilemma to resolution, the complicated relationships between the wives, the husband and his mother are intimately investigated in the fourth film by Jean Lydall featuring Duka. Copyright 2001

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Examination of the Pregnant Abdomen Near Term: A Pathway to Palpation with Jan Robinson

Jan Robinson, Jan Robinson Midwifery Educational Services

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From DVD back cover: Viewing this video will provide you with an understanding of the skills necessary for inspection, palpation and auscultation of the pregnant abdomen near term. 

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Student Reviews:

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes. 
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes.
More comments: Some details differ from US mother supine with straight legs. No support under knees, on back for long time! Shows umbilicus at 24 weeks not 20. 

Did you enjoy this DVD? No.
Is it helpful to your studies? It would have been earlier, but not at this point. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Only if they've never had their hands on a pregnant belly. 
More comments: It's pretty basic. 

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes. I really wanted someone to walk me through this. I have learned by watching and trying in my practice and it was helpful.
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes. It is always helpful for me to have a visual!
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes. 
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Examination of the Term Neonate: A Family Centred Approach

Jan Robinson, Jan Robinson Midwifery Educational Services

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Student Reviews:

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes.
Is it helpful to your studies? A little. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Not strongly. 
More comments: British charm, baby is a week old not a newborn. Midwife has hand in the way sometimes. 

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes.
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes. 
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Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes. 
Is it helpful to your studies? Somewhat helpful, some different terms per England slang. Only a few small details were new. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes, earlier in the studies. 
More comments: Sometimes difficult to see because of way film was shot. I wish more definitions were given. 

Did you enjoy this DVD? It was a bit boring, but had a lot of info. 
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes, easy explained. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Since I don't know another one, yes. I think it could be done ore fluidly even in parts on newborns. I see how it could be stressful on a little one but a midwife just video tapes her exams. She could go back and edit with community pretty easily. 
More comments: This one just got kind of long and hard to concentrate on.  

Did you enjoy this DVD? yes. It was really helpful for me to watch newborn exam and have the midwife talk through the process.
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes. The woman touched on a few things that my midwife did not which was great. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes. 
More comments: Beware, the exam is when the baby is 1 week old and filming is not the greatest. It was hard to listen to the baby crying over her talking- especially since she could have just stopped the camera and resumed when the baby was calm. 


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Finding the Words: A Documentary About Children Recovering from Autism

Elizabeth Horn/Horn Productions, Inc. 

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From DVD back cover: Centers of Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics statistics indicate that 1 in every 150 children in this country will be diagnosed with autism....FINDING THE WORDS is urgently needed: a film that presents vast amounts of information in an understandable way to inspire home as we, as a society, prepare to enter what many health professionals are calling the 'Autism Age'. 

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FIVE Countries SIX Births SEVEN Babies: Mother Nature's Design for Birth

EcoBirth, Love Delivers

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From DVD back cover: These families share their most intimate moments of birth so we can understand how simple, safe and sacred it can be. 

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The First Hour of Life

Marshall Klaus/ Le Dieci Lune Association for Natural Birth, Italy

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Fron DVD back cover: Marshall Klaus was holding a conference in Italy when the project was born to make a documentary about the first hour of life of the newborn. We now know that the first hour and a half are what one calls a 'sensitive period' for a certain number of processes to take place and for bonding to begin. This is a precious time with cannot be repeated. In his subdued and smiling manner, Marshall paces us through the results of his research on the topic. Even though this started out as an educational documentary, it ended being a lot more because as we listen to Marshall speaking, we get to witness the intimate and emotional progress of four Italian families having a home birth. 

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Student Reviews: 

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes
More comments: It has good information but not presented in the most exciting way. 

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes. I loved learning new things about the first hour and look forward to implementing some things. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes.
More comments: I like Klaus' philosophy that 'the first hour (after birth) belongs to the parents.'


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General Skills for the Student Midwife

Midwives College of Utah

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Including Explanation and Management of Maternal and Newborn Vital Signs Outside of Normal Range. Copyright 2006

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Guerrilla Midwife

Skwatta Camp Productions

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DVD synopsis: Along the fragrant streets of Bali and desolate Acehnese refugee camps of the Indonesian Archipelago, Midwife-Ibu Robin Lim–finds herself at a time and place where midwifery is put to the test. Filmed immediately following the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, this culturally mesmerizing, heart-wrenching documentary vividly demonstrates why we must change our protocols for pregnancy and childbirth, and return to a gentle, natural method, if our planet is to survive the dominance of mankind.

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Home Birth: The Spirit, The Science and The Mother

Sage Femme, The Home Birth Series Volume III Part I

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DVD synopsis: Home Birth: The Spirit, The Science, and the Mother is a 46 minute DVD produced by Sage Femme with interviews of doctors and mothers who have given birth at home. The film also includes two home births amongst the interviews with much joy and siblings present.

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I Watched My Brother Being Born! Including Children at Birth

Kovacs Video, www.familybirthing.com

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DVD synopsis: This story is about two siblings ages five and seven witnessing and helping out at the birth of their brother. It shows a gentle water birth, that focuses on the children. This movie is for expectant parents and birth professionals who want to prepare children for the arrival of a new baby. 

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It's My Body My Baby My Birth: A Film About Natural Childbirth

WiseWoman Childbirth Traditions

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DVD synopsis: It's My Body, My Baby, My Birth is an educational childbirth film that tells the story of seven mothers and their emotional journeys to natural childbirth. We hear from mothers, partners, midwives and an obstetrician. Each woman's story is unique and powerful. Pain, safety, and fear are all addressed int his honest and compelling film. The beauty of birth is self-evident. 

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Student Reviews: 

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes, very much
Is it helpful to your studies? Excellent help. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Definitely. 
More comments: Has some wonderful explanations of why a vaginal birth / home birth is best. 

 

It's My Body, My Baby, My Birth

Available for streaming on YouTube!

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Midwife's Assistant Orientation: Clinical Training

Birth Joy Consultants

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2004 edition. 

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A Natural Delivery of Vertex Twins

Birth Gazette Video

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This video shows the birth of vertex twins after a labor of less than one hour. The mother was told her twins would have to be delivered by cesarean section. After thorough screening by the Farm Midwives, she was accepted for delivery by the Farm Midwifery Center. Innovative care resulted in the natural births of the babies. They weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and 7 lbs. 7 oz. Copyright 2005

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Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret

Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Sunken Treasure LLC

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DVD synopsis: Enter the world of undisturbed birth as 11 couples share their intimate personal journeys, facing their fears and moving through pain into the ecstasy of birth. 

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Student Reviews:

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes.
Is it helpful to your studies? Definitely, language is helpful to explain to clients especially. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes, and soon to be mothers and fathers. 
More comments: Drew (male) watched too and thought it showed exactly how he wants his kids to be born. 

Did you enjoy this DVD? Excellent!
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes, numbers sections- great. 
Do you recommend this to other students? YES.
More comments: A very balanced discussion of joy, ecstasy and pain. Both elements of birth and life. Thanks! 


Psalm & Zoya: The Unassisted Homebirth of Our Twins

Earth Birth Productions

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Copyright 2005. 

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Newborn Exam for the Student Midwife

Birth Joy

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Normalizing the Breech Delivery

By Midwives Valerie El Halta and Rahima Baldwin Dancy, CPM
Produced by Amanda A. Smith, MFA

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This video makes it clear that a breech delivery should not be undertaken by an inexperienced practitioner. However, it reflects the midwives’ experience and conviction that everyone who attends pregnant women should have basic knowledge of the breech delivery. Copyright 1997. 

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Student Reviews:

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes, though mostly because it was so outdated. That hair! At least the techniques are ageless. 
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes, if only because there are so few breech training videos. 
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The Psychology of Birth: Invitation to Intimacy

Directed by Elmer Postle, Owl Productions

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This is an extraordinary film, suitable for a wide audience, on the importance of the events during the earliest of human developmental stages. The film presents new material about what babies can tell us about their experience, given a supportive atmosphere, and as well how adults explore and heal traumatic separations and problematic relationship issues.

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Student Reviews:

Did you enjoy this DVD? Glad to know the Santa Barbara Institute exists for me as a resource. 
Is it helpful to your studies? It was ok. I found it interesting to hear these adults stories on attachment problems in later life after a traumatic birth and how it affects them. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Reminds me how important it is for a mother and baby to bond.  
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Trauma, Brain & Relationship: Helping Children Heal

From Neurons to Neighborhoods Community Conferences; Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, Center for Clinical Studies and Research

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With Dr.s Bruce Perry, Constance Lillas, Daniel J. Siegel and many others. This engaging 30-minute documentary features leading-edge mental health professionals who introduce revolutionary new discoveries that help identify, prevent and heal trauma in children. 

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Trauma, Brain & Relationship: Helping Children Heal

From Neurons to Neighborhoods Community Conferences; Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, Center for Clinical Studies and Research

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Student Reviews:

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes! I found it useful when working with parents/ families. 
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes! During pregnancy education on parenting is important. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes. It reminds us how important the birth and what follows can play on the child's life. 
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Vaginal Examination and Pap Smear: A demonstration of Gynaecology Teaching Associates

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Flinders University, Australia

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From DVD back cover: This sensitive educational video has been designed for health professionals. It clearly and concisely demonstrates a technique that has been shown to be effective in helping women feel more comfortable. It shows how a pap smear can be a positive empowering experience for a woman. 

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Student Reviews:

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes, watched it twice. 
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes, always good to see different cervices and different ways of doing things.
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes.
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Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes! It was thorough and educational. 
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes! I feel ready to try pap this week after watching it two times. The information was presented in a simple way. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Absolutely. It was a little cheesy but very helpful!
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We Know How to Do These Things: Birth in a Newar Village

by Barbara Johnson

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From DVD back cover: For these villagers, giving birth is a family affair; while a young girl is in labor, the birth attendant, mother and mother-in-law alternate between lending a hand and story telling. Barbara Johnson studied documentary film and photography with Jerry Liebling and Elaine Mayes at Hampshire College from 1970-1974. She began working for the Smithsonian's newly formed National Anthropological Film Center in 1975. She was sent to Nepal to document early childhood socialization and daily life in a large farming village in the Kathmandu Valley. One of the Film Center's solo research filmmakers, she lived in this village for 15 months in 1978 and 1980. The 50 hours of sync-sound 16mm film which she shot in Nepal are part of the Smithsonian's Human Studies Film Archives. We Know How To Do These Things is made from the last hour of film she shot in Nepal.

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Student Reviews:

Did you enjoy this DVD? Yes! Loved learning about birth in other cultures and seeing how the women interact. 
Is it helpful to your studies? Yes. It is always helpful; to have other perspectives of women and birthing to remind us that birth is normal. 
Do you recommend this to other students? Yes. 
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What Babies Want: An Exploration of the Consciousness of Infants

Directed  by Debby Takikawa

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This innovative film is about the profoundly important and sacred opportunity we have in bringing children into the world. Surprising and sometimes shocking, it challenges our beliefs about what infants are thinking and doing. It includes groundbreaking information on early development as well as appearances by the real experts: babies and their families. 

Also available on YouTube (below)!

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More comments: Interesting and supportive of what I share in my classes. Minor tone of shame/ blame in a few spots. Still Struggle, actually more and more, with the research supporting the truth of babies, awareness from conception and abortion policies world wide. 

 

What Babies Want: An Exploration of the Consciousness of Infants

Directed by Debby Takikawa

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