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A beautiful piece of animation

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By Emjaybee

Mother of Many, about birth and midwives. We spend a lot of time on science here at the Unnecesarean, but sometimes art speaks more clearly about what we’re fighting for.



Hat tip: Feministing

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Reader Comments (11)

Isn't it sad that seeing how compassionate the animated midwife was, made me cry? I'm literally crying into my cheerios right now. I don't think I've ever seen a mom treated that way in a hospital.

May 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa Manz

And that was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Where in the world did you find that, Emjaybee?

Vanessa, I began bawling. Just a bit. Humanized birth and gentle treatment of laboring mothers in any setting gets me every time.

May 15, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill

I'm speechless. So beautifully done.

It made me cry too... and mostly because I want so much to be that mom when my baby comes this summer (sans the hospital part, though!) I am sure it's possible, but being an HBAC I am working so hard to overcome my doubts!

May 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Loved this! Shared on my blog and Facebook :)

May 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

I just loved the way the MW rubbed her cheek against baby. This made me cry, it is how birth should be, not how it is for too many women. There is a group for VBAC women on yahoo (UKVBACHBAC), Sylvia, come find us ;-)

May 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

Hey Jill; I found this at Feministing, and if it hadn't been so late at night, probably might have remembered to give them credit:


May 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremjaybee

That was beautiful! I loved the part where the midwife felt the belly and the outline of the baby appeared - incredible! But my favorite favorite part was the midwife's magic wand to suddenly clean up the birth room. It feels like we do that a lot - cleaning up quietly while the family has their time together.

May 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterk. emvee

That was beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. I love the change in mother's body as she's pushing, and going through the most intense times, and she turns red as though she's so enveloped in what her body is doing... I also loved how many of the mothers looked afraid until they were touched, or smiled at, and then suddenly their breathing slowed and everything was going to be alright. Just beautiful.

May 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Here is a great article on the process of making the film by the writer Emma Lazenby


May 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremjaybee
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