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Face of Birth:  A Documentary about the Politics of ChildbirthOn April 20, 2013, I will be showing a new film called The Face of Birth here in Maricopa, AZ. For anyone that is interested, it costs $10 and the proceeds will go towards scholarships for my students. You can find more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/529730953726326/?fref=ts

I just sat down to preview this for the showing. I was a bit apprehensive before watching this film, because I thought it might undermine women’s legitimate choice or desire to also choose a hospital or cesarean birth. But it didn’t. It is about working to allow women the right to choose home birth as well as other choices. It obviously favors home birth, but it also acknowledges that it’s okay for women to make other choices, and that it is the ability to make a choice that is valued. It is, in fact, advocating for women to have choices, period. This is something I am very much in line with.

I also loved the experts they chose to interview. It includes well known childbirth advocates, such as Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent, and Robbie Davis-Floyd, but it also includes some very articulate and intelligent midwives that helped to provide a whole range of information on childbirth choices.

The stories from women were also very touching and filled with raw emotion. It is obvious from these interviews, the impact choice can have on a birth, be it home birth or in the hospital. They very accurately show the difficulty present when a women is wanting to choose something that is not culturally mainstream and the effect it can have on a woman and how they feel about themselves and the experience.

This is a great movie to watch for those who are wanting to understand the choices that are available and the effect that taking away choices has.

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Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.

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