Resources for the Childbearing Year

Books

Film/Video/YouTube

7 Easy Exercises for an Optimal Pregnancy and Labor (6 minutes)

Did you know that you can do prenatal exercises to help your body and baby be in optimal shape for a quicker, easier natural childbirth? Watch this video to see seven great ones.

The Business of Being Born

Birth: it’s a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to explore the maternity care system in America.

Birth By the Numbers (20 minute short video)

Join Gene Declercq and the rest of the Birth by the Numbers team to explore how the United States is doing on a number of maternal and child health indicators. Are we doing better? Worse? Tune in to find out this answer and more!

Reducing Fear of Birth in U.S. Culture

A great TED-talk by Ina May Gaskin.

Why Not Home?

Why would doctors who attend birth in hospitals choose to have their own babies at home? What do they know about birth that others don’t? Join Jessicca Moore, filmmaker and nurse practitioner, on a compelling journey through maternity care in the United States. Told through the lens of doctors, nurses, and midwives, Why Not Home? examines the latest evidence on risks and rewards of different birth settings. The film presents a balanced and accessible view on the latest research, along with moving personal stories of medical practitioners faced with big decisions for their own growing families. Viewers are challenged to move beyond preconceived ideas, and to envision a fresh future for maternity care in America.

Orgasmic Birth

85 minute award-winning feature documentary that has aired around the world. 7 women and their partners invite you to share their most intimate moments. Joyous, sensuous and revolutionary, Orgasmic Birth brings the ultimate challenge to our cultural myths by inviting viewers to see the emotional, spiritual, and physical heights attainable through birth.

Internet Resources

Podcasts

Delivering Strength Podcast — Real Talk about pregnancy, birth and postpartum health.  (Locally made Cleveland podcast!)

Listen to Light Footsteps on Delivering Strength here.

The Birth Hour –Birth Stories from women in all types of birth situations!

The Expectful Podcast

Birth Allowed Radio

Evidence Based Birth