One World Birth is offering their Birth Stories DVD set at cost ($7.50) until June 30th. Because of contractual issues, they have to sell or destroy the remaining copies by July 1. Here is a link to their website and offer. Toni and Alex, the creators of OWB, had a similar outcome to mine after the birth of their first child; they had an undeniable compulsion to share information with others about empowered birth. Our stories are quite different. I gave birth at home in Texas, and they did it in a hospital in England. I had no choice but to share the most amazing experience of my life, totally natural birth, with the world in the form of the book Birthright. Toni and Alex created One World Birth to house their gift to the world – film. They have been traveling around the world, interviewing birth attendants, experts, and parents in a brave attempt to educate people about taking birth back from the birth industry. You can see recent interviews with Ina May Gaskin, Michele Odent, and other birth champions on their website.
Why is it so hard to reach people about taking birth back?
It’s because most people don’t care. They look at you like you have two green heads if you light up about homebirth. Most people are not in that tiny little time of life when they care an iota about giving birth. The only people besides birth workers who care about birth are the ones who are between finding out they are pregnant and giving birth. That’s it. No one else is going to sit down and watch The Business of Being Born, even though it should be a must-see for anyone of child bearing age. There are however, those of us who remember how much giving birth meant to us, how much it changed our lives, how it could be such a beautiful experience for so many more mothers, fathers, and babies if birth were something that women owned and cherished instead of having it dominated by a world of hospital politics and fear.
I wish Birthright was a best-seller. I wish everyone in the world would be talking about One World Birth. I hope they sell all of their DVD sets before they have to be destroyed. Eternal optimism is my achilles heel. Buy one for your local library or for a young married couple. If you know someone who is pregnant, order her a copy of Birthright. It will give her the tools she needs to walk confidently into labor, birth, and motherhood.
Every mother and baby deserve to have a supported, quiet, gentle, personal, and private labor and birth. It is an exquisite thing when fearlessly left alone.