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post #21 of 77
Thanks, Kristi!!

Icesk8 - the 20/20 childbirth show is tentatively scheduled for the end of June. I'll post info here when I know for sure. There will be segments on UC, homebirth with midwives, and orgasmic birth. Ina May Gaskin, Ricki Lake, Christiane Northrup and others (me and my daughter Joy!) were interviewed.
Laura
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post #23 of 77
I wanna see it. Hopefully there will be a link here in July? :
post #24 of 77
Laura,
A lot of ICAN and doula groups would want to see or own the movie.

Ricki Lake's movie got publicity from private group screenings, and Orgasmic Birth is being shown on June 26 at a local YMCA on Long Island, NY and open to the public and they have a bunch of screenings all around the country for local birth / parent related groups.

BTW/ I have seen you on screen and you sound terrific, smart, well informed and without a silly agenda "selling" UC to anyone! You're a wonderful ambassador and educator about UC !

I think the issue is always how they edit the TV interviews. Now that is an uncontrollable part, they can make a Nobel Laurette look like an idiot in the editing process or manipulate your words to fit the hosts or TV show point of view and agenda.
post #25 of 77
Thanks, dewi! That would be nice if there was interest in the film from ICAN and doula groups (assuming the film is decent)! One thing that's different about UC films (as opposed to "BOBB" or "Orgasmic Birth") is that they don't always have the support or interest of groups that are primarily comprised of doulas or midwives. ICAN groups might be interested, though. I know there are quite a few midwives and doulas who DO support UC, but many feel it's dangerous and/or could negatively affect their incomes.
Laura
post #26 of 77
Laura
Years ago (early 1990's ??) I purchased a few of your books and many back issues of those newsletters. I can not remember how I found you but it was before the Internet. Maybe from Complete Mother? I was so intrigued because it all rang true what you wrote, and I already knew I was done having children.

I donated all of it to my local ICAN chapter library. I made every pregnant doula friend or women having a VBAC or HB read your book! I made everyone crazy.
Most thought it was all brilliant, others were dumbfounded by the idea to be alone.


What I wanted people who did not think unassisted free birthing was for them (most people are in that category) , is that as a mammal they could be by themselves and could trust birth. It is there for them and no matter who is attending the birth they MUST find that inner peace and confidence to trust their body to work normally, not the doctor, hospital, doula or a midwife can gave any birthing women that gift it is for them to find on their own.
Your book shows them in the most unpreachy respectful kind way how to find themselves to give birth normally no matter who is attending them.

In that sense you are the truest of "childbirth" educators.

This is why Freebirths are so important to mainstream and if presented that way all can learn. As a feminist I think woman need to understand they can birth their own baby, what better way then reading and seeing women do on their own. We then still have all our choices to suit our won life and fit into what is right for them, but there are many lessons to be learned from you my dear!
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post #28 of 77
That's so sweet of you to say, dewi. Sometimes the criticism I (and I'm sure many UCer's/homebirthers) endure feels overwhelming, so it really helps to hear something positive.
Laura
post #29 of 77
Thread Starter 
I haven't faced much criticism personally yet, but I see it all over the place. I try to just ignore it, but sometimes it's hard. I really opened myself up to criticism by participating in the film, and I have to admit I am nervous about handling it. But, it is worth it to me to educate and enlighten people, to try to open their minds and show them another way, to at least let them see that birth can be beautiful and normal and not a medical emergency.
post #30 of 77
hee hee I probably look silly on film. i was so sick that whole month and then my accent! lol glad to hear it will air though.
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post #32 of 77
Sofysmommy - I didn't know you hung out in these parts! You're listed as "S - 2nd baby, 2nd UC" above (hope that's right). I didn't find you hard to understand at all. You added an international feel to the documentary!
Laura
post #33 of 77
can't wait!! to hear from you and others how is goes....and hoping it gets here as well.

I'm totally LOL at the michael moore statement. yeah that!! I've seen you many times and you are always professional and poised.

kudos to you for getting the word out!!

Rebecca
post #34 of 77
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Originally Posted by laurashanley View Post
Sofysmommy - I didn't know you hung out in these parts! You're listed as "S - 2nd baby, 2nd UC" above (hope that's right). I didn't find you hard to understand at all. You added an international feel to the documentary!
Laura
actually it is 3rd baby second UC
post #35 of 77
Thanks, Rebecca! It's kind of funny/sad how much I (and no doubt many other women) worry about how we look on camera. With 20/20, my daughter Joy and I didn't know that we were definitely going to be interviewed until a few days before the crew arrived. The first thing Joy said when she found out was, "Well, I guess it's too late to lose weight!" In my advanced age (50), I think I'm better about this than I used to be. How I look is actually the least of my concerns.

Heather - I don't know that the UK documentary will necessarily open you up to much criticism. I'm always amazed at how little response these things get. I remember when the NY Times UC article was published in 2002 I thought I would get letters from around the country, and more requests from the media for interviews. I got two letters from people who saw the article, and one request for an interview (from Health magazine - who did a terrible article). It would be 5 years before I was interviewed by another newspaper.

Of course, some would say I should have contacted newspapers, magazines, TV stations, etc. and tried to promote UC, but I've always felt more comfortable waiting for the media to contact me (although I do write to Oprah every few years!). The reporters who have contacted me this past year have really had a genuine interest in the subject, and most of the articles haven't been too bad. I do think UC is an idea whose time has come!
Laura
post #36 of 77
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Originally Posted by sofysmommy View Post
actually it is 3rd baby second UC
Sorry about that! I changed it on the list.
Laura
post #37 of 77
you guys have no idea how excited I am about the 20/20 episode! I lovvve that show so I really can't wait for 20/20!!
post #38 of 77
Thread Starter 
OK! We have a date!!!

Wednesday July 9 at 9 PM on UK TV (Granada/ITV) Channel 5!
post #39 of 77
wait, i'm confused--when is the 20/20 episode? and when is the documentary coming out?

i tried reading again.

Iz blames it on pregnancy brain!
post #40 of 77
I'm confused too. 20/20 is always on a friday and the outlaw is a movie, so I dunno what would be on on a wednesday on a local tv channel.
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