Have you seen or heard of this new documentary, Birth Story, about midwife, Ina May Gaskin? Gentle, natural births are becoming more and more common and even if that's not your cup of tea, it's still important to get everyone aware of it. I want to dispel the negative myths about delivering at a birth center or at home, in a tub or on a stool. I want people to know that it's not weird or dangerous. It's beautiful and natural, comfortable and peaceful. It's safe and normal. I gave birth completely free of any pain killers or drugs, and it was amazing. More than calling it painful, I call it intense, but also the most incredible experience of my life as I worked with my body and my baby to bring him into the world. (I also used Hypnobirthing, which helped immensely with relaxation, having zero fear, and working with and through the contractions instead of tensing up and fighting against them.) The hardest part was recovering (I had no external tears and no complications...just a normal recovery) and everyone has to go through that one way or another.
So here is this documentary about women and birth and community and love. Please watch and re-post and consider donating to ensure that this film reaches as many people as possible.
"Anything you can give will help us birth this film—it’s an exciting time for independent documentaries and also a challenging one—funding sources have dried up and the market is harder than ever, especially for women-centered films. But we believe the time is right to present a movie that celebrates women and their bodies, that honors what we can accomplish when we work together in community, and that shows childbirth the way we never see it in the mainstream media—unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring."
--Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore, Birth Story Filmmakers
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