Recommended Books and Videos
Goer, Henci. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth. Perigee Books, 1999.
Gaskin, Ina May. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. Bantam Dell, 2003.
Scott, Pauline. Sit Up and Take Notice! Positioning Yourself for a Better Birth. Great Scott Publications, 2003.
A Breech Birth and Shoulder Dystocia. The video shows two separate 10-minute segments of different births. The first birth shows a frank breech delivery, and during the second birth the unexpected complication of shoulder dystocia occurs, while the mother is pushing lying on her back, semi-reclined. With the correct and effective intervention of rolling mom over to hands and knees, the 10lb. 8oz. baby is quickly dislodged and delivers. Mom had no episiotomy or tear. Video Farm, Summertown, Tennessee.
Birth in the Squatting Position. Women birthing upright in privacy, with powerful images. We are left wondering, "How have we strayed so far away from what birth once was?" 10 minutes. Purchaseable through Birth Works®, Inc. @ (888) 862-4784
Gentle Birth Choices This documentary demonstrates the ability of women in childbirth, dispels commonly held beliefs, and speaks to the importance of women taking charge and making choices regarding their birth. VisionQuest Video, Venice, CA. (310)577-8581.
The Timeless Way: A History of Birth from Ancient to Modern Times. Vintage film footage and recent video combined depicting the history of birth from ancient to modern times, with emphasis on the history of upright birthing positions. This video promotes introspection and inspiration for mothers considering birthing choices available today. 20 minutes. 1998. InJoy Videos, Boulder, CO. 1-800-326-2082.