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Feature November 2010

November 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home

The Blessing of Birth

A friend of mine Jodie Myers films chidbirthing – www.MyBirthMovie.com. In reflecting upon what this means to her, this is what she says:

“ When people hear what I do for a living, their first response is usually a cumulative facial expression that sums up “Huh, What, Why, Really?” if you can imagine what that looks like on their faces. Then when they graduate to the use of vocabulary, their responses are quite divided, especially between men and women. Men’s imaginations usually go down under, as they visualize the more graphic and dramatic image of childbirth. They get kind of squirmish, especially if they’ve never attended birth. Women tend to connect with the emotional experience, whether they’ve experienced it themselves, or through stories they’ve heard or through the media. Media images, as we know, can yield a positive or negative response. Lets face it, childbirth on TV and in the movies is very dramatized with a lot of cursing, screaming and fear. I hope through my work to change that image into a more positive one. For the most part, however, and after finding out more about what I do, people are intrigued, at awe, and either wish they knew me when they had their babies years ago, or wonder who on earth would want THAT filmed?!

Personally, I think it’s the most amazing gift, to have the birth of your child, probably the most important moment of your life, captured and edited into a short personal documentary. My birth movies, not only unfold the birth of a baby, but the birth of a mother as well. Sometimes I see the shift clearly as it happens. It could be the moment she surrenders to the process and lets go, the moment she takes control and steps into her power, the moment it ‘hits’ her that in a very short time she’ll be meeting her baby, or the moment she forgives herself, her mother, or her partner for whatever she may have been holding on to. This gradual shift peaks when she holds her newborn for the first time, skin to skin, and falls so deeply in love. This is the moment her life has changed forever.

I never imagined finding myself filming childbirth for a living. As a kid, I never had one focused dream of “I want to be a _____,” but I do remember loosing myself in the pages of old National Geographic magazines, wanting to go “there” and meet “these other kids” and try “their food, clothing, games, homes… in Japan, Lapland, Kenya, Nepal…” The images were all so intriguing. I wasn’t even reading the articles. A seed was planted in my young mind; the desire to travel the world one day, to see it in person and feel the world with my heart.

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