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Mother's Advocate Tracks Down Historical Footage for Video Series

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By Jill—Unnecesarean


Mother's AdvocateMother’s Advocate posted a five-part video called The Timeless Way: A History of Birth from Ancient to Modern Times on its website in March 2010.

I posted this five part series here with the fourth part first (simply because I feel it’s the must-see video of the set because of the nature of the footage included), followed by the first, second, third and fifth parts.


Part 4: Changes in Birth Practices

(Possibly triggering)


Part 1: Birth Images from Ancient Times


Part 2: European Birth Images from the 1500s


Part 3: Birth Images from the 1800s


Part 5: Consequences of Modern Birth Practices


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Reader Comments (4)

All I keep thinking is how people perceive those "poor, uneducated women" in the south who had less access to modern hospitals and maternity care - little does anyone realize how good they had it. What a totally different birth experience. There is something so comforting about seeing the grandmotherly image of the black midwives in this footage - I would much rather have birthed with them than any doctor in a hospital.

And every time I hear the name of Dr. DeLee I want to vomit.

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Deranged Housewife

Nice series. Although I take issue with two absolutist statements: "Women need assistance in labor" and "women risk their lives in childbirth." Neither were true for me.

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

I love these. I do agree with Linda about the absolutist statements, but otherwise a great series on childbirth history and birth art. I was disturbed by some of the film footage in part 4 (I had never seen a baby pulled out with forceps on film before), but it's a positive kind of disturbed, if that makes sense.

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBirth Unplugged

I loved that last birth, in which the mother just sort of stares in disbelief, shaking as she reaches to pick him/her up, repeating, "It's a baby!" Sounds like she had gotten so involved in labor/birth that she forgot why she was pushing or what she was doing.

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
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