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“Where our heart’s knowing meets the edge of science… and ancient wisdom guides our future”
A Hand Full of Hope
If we hope to create
a non-violent world
where respect and kindness
replace fear and hatred
We must begin
with how we treat each other
at the beginning of life.
For that is where
our deepest patterns are set.
From these roots
grow fear and alienation
~or love and trust.
Photo and poem by Suzanne Arms
This film shows what is possible for 95% of mothers and babies, who canand shouldbirth normally. It is a most impressive and significant film for medical and nursing students, residents, faculty and hospital staffas well as for young people, pregnant women and fathers-to-be. It will help them all fathom the exquisite, built-in and behavioral processes that are meant to occur naturally between a mother and her baby during birth. These processes evolved four hundred thousand years ago. They are still relevant and should dictate our perinatal care practices today.
Marshall Klaus, MD, American Academy of Pediatrics award-winning Neonatologist, Researcher, Author of Care of the High Risk Newborn, Mothering the Mother and Co-author of Your Amazing Newborn
“As a midwife and childbirth educator, I have been using Giving Birth ever since it came out in 1998. The impact it has on pregnant women and their loved ones and on classes of college students makes this one of my most effective tools in contradicting the current mindset of birth as dangerous, excruciating, and worthy of routine major medicalization. In fact, I have found it to be such an asset that I personally bought ten copies and donated one to each of the branch libraries in my county!
Somehow, we must express to todays young mothers that where they should be placing their worry is in the medicalization of birth, so that they can begin to place their trust in their own innate health, strength, and abilities. This is what this film by Suzanne Arms does. It is a gift of powerful public education.
I say, hurray for Suzanne Arms compelling, concise, eloquent, beautiful film.”
Karen Ehrlich, CPM Senior Midwife and longtime Childbirth Educator
If we want to create a less violent world, we must begin by paying close attention to the “primal period.” This means all of the experiences that a human being has from conception to his or her first birthday, and all of the experiences the mother has during that time. Why is this time different from all others and more important? Because during this time every baby and its mother are actually one biological system. And what happens to the two of them during this period shapes the rest of their lives.