After being unable to conceive for nearly 10 years, we were blessed with our miracle pregnancy! Instead of being induced, we waited...and waited...and waited...until our baby was ready. Then, at 42 weeks and 1 day, my water broke and labor began. After 5.5 hours, we welcomed our baby into the outside world with no medical interventions, labor augmentations or pain killers - yes, I felt EVERYTHING. The birth was midwife-assisted, grandparent-witnessed and (the most amazing) husband-supported. Our baby was born as I sat on a birth stool and I was able to see the process unfold in a full-length mirror opposite my position (when I was able to open my eyes). I believe God rewarded our plans, prayers and dreams that day as we - finally - held our miracle baby in our arms.
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This is a short documentary that was made for a video contest for Birth Matters Virginia.
The video consists of a synopsis of a typical birth by a registered nurse in a labor & delivery unit of at a local hospital, followed by individuals and couples sharing their birth experiences.
The focus of this documentary is to show people that they have a choice in their birth, rather than just trusting "professionals" to take care of everything for them. You can educate yourself and have an amazing experience in your birth rather than just a "medical procedure."
Many thanks to:
Laura, Louis & Esther, David & Paula, Brian & Nicole, Dana & Mike, Jeff & Elizabeth, Jonathan, and all of their kids!
I hope you enjoy.
Camera: Panasonic DVX-100a; Mic: MXL-990
Song: "Emil and Auguste" by Jonathan Cooke ( http://www.myspace.com/theillustratedmanual )