20 February 2008

Yep... Birth Junkie, Here Again

I posted a while ago about The Business of Being Born. Anyway, it will be shown again in the DFW area this weekend in Richardson.

GOOD NEWS! There will be two showings on the 23rd of Feb @
February 23, 2008 11:30am & 2:00pm
1778 N Plano Road, Ste. 100
Richardson, TX

$5 or free with a baby item donationFor more information call: 888.99.SLING or visit: peppermint.com

This is what their website says:Get a Sneak Preview of "The Business of Being Born"We are so pleased that our new Peppermint retail store was chosen to host a special sneak preview of Ricki Lake's new movie, "The Business of Being Born."Ricki Lake and filmmaker Abby Epstein examine birth culture in America, and ask questions about the way American women have babies.Footage of women having babies punctuates THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN. Each experience is unique; all are equally beautiful and equally surprising.Along the way, Epstein conducts interviews with a number of obstetricians, experts and advocates about the history, culture and economics of childbirth. The film's fundamental question: should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potential medical emergency? Epstein uncovers some surprising answers.

Special Screening Event Details:Saturday, February 23
Screening times: 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Cost: $5 or FREE with a baby goods donation

19 February 2008

The Birth Addict...

That would be me. I found this link on another person's blog, and I'm sitting here in tears.

DFW Birth Photographer

I know that many people think I'm whacked for being so fascinated by the birthing process. I think it is one of the most beautiful things to watch. I also realize that many see it as a means to an end. That birth is something you have to go through to get your baby. How it happens doesn't matter. To me, it does. My first birth was full of interventions, and I feel like Allison was born when she wasn't ready. No, it's not like it's the most terrible thing that can happen, and in the end, I ended up with a healthy little girl.

But I knew that when I got pregnant with my next that things would be different. Barring any complications, I would call the shots. I would be informed. My blind trust was gone, and that was a good thing. I used a midwife (Molly Germash, one of the best in the DFW area... I loved her.), and she respected my choices... Gave me tons of information... Helped me have a really pleasant pregnancy... I learned how help with swelling nutritionally. I could go on and on. And the most important thing was that I felt like I was visiting a friend. We hugged and talked for an hour or more at every appointment. Sometimes, I had to wait a little while because she was taking time with another client, just like she would do with me.

I had Anna, and felt empowered. She was born when she was ready... She was born without any unneeded interventions. My birth was perfect.

The same thing happened with Ezra. I know that I would not have been able to have the birth I wanted in a hospital setting. Ezra was huge. Ezra was born 19 days past his due date. I knew all the risks, and took many precautions. We knew my pelvis could handle a large baby. We had biophysical profiles to determine that he was healthy inside my womb, just not ready to be born yet. I used another midwife for this birth, Sorani Munoz, and couldn't have been more pleased. (I was going to use Molly again, but she was going to be on vacation the month he was due.)

Anyway, look at those photos. *sigh* They are stunning, and fully capture the intimacy and beauty of birth.