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Old 09-27-2007, 07:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I created this montage for a talk I'm doing at a local university on midwifery and homebirth. Nearly all birth videos are too long, and some didn't feature what I really wanted to convey. Anyway, here is what I put together:

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I love it!
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That's beautiful. I found the song distracting though.
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That's beautiful. I found the song distracting though.

Distracting as in too loud? Music not your style? Lyrics weird?

It's one of my fave songs and I wanted something that actually appealed to college students, rather than the typical birth chants/new age music.
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Distracting as in too loud? Music not your style? Lyrics weird?
weird lyrics, and the melody or something just didn't quite go with the pictures. Maybe his voice was too pronounced? I found myself paying attention to the lyrics and losing focus of the pictures. I muted it a few times, then would turn it back on to see if it got better, but it didn't. That's never happened when I watched a montage with music, so it stood out for me.

On it's own the song is fine, but it took away from the montage for me.

Maybe there's something without words that would go well?
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Yeah, there might be, I'd have to look for it. For me, it cannot be new agey....but I'll look.


Anyone have more input on the music?
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Sorry this probably doesn't help, but I liked the music I vote for keeping it lol.

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Urg. Pam, what's the music you put it with? I can't get anything to play! By the way, the pictures are beautiful!

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Just beautiful, and I actually liked the music too
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Well, it made me cry about a bucket. . . .thanks!

And that song is perfect. Who's singing?. . . must obtain for labour play-list. . .


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Well, the first time I had Death Cab for Cutie's "I'll Follow You into the Dark" - then I changed it to a cover of Coldplay's "Yellow" with Petra Haden and Bill Frisell.

I'm still thinking about it more. I'm not there yet. Thanks for the input.
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thanks!

thought: does the audience know what VBAC stands for?

also, I think that photos of labouring women's facial expressions are really interesting - especially since they're not all contorted in pain. .kwim?

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Beautiful Pam! The music works for me, and yes, I would think it a good choice for college students. What kind of students are you speaking to? Are they specifically midwifery/childbirth students?

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I think the song's beautiful. But I think it'd be better if the pictures changed just a little more slowly, and if there were gradual transitions between them like a few of the photos have. Also, will it let you match up the end of the song with the end of the slideshow? It seems like kind of an abrupt ending.

(Hey, I wanna come hear your talk! When is it?)
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That was beautiful. Tears welled up in my eyes. And the music was great. I have it low, so I didn't really hear the words. It was soothing and a great tempo, though.
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That was awesome! I like the choice of music too.
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I changed the music to "Dream a Little Dream" and added smoother transitions to the photos. thanks, ladies!

The talk is for a class on transition customs/rituals as it differs between Japan and the U.S. You know, birth, weddings, death, etc.

The talk last year was ok, but they had a nurse-practitioner there that didn't really know anything (and didn't do births in the hospital)...she kept saying that women had all these choices (and in our local hospital, trust me, they DO NOT), women don't birth on their backs any more, blah, blah, blah...

This year I wanted to just focus on midwifery, show births of people in the community, what they look like, why they choose it, etc. I don't want to get into the logistics of countering her all the time because last year it got crazy. (Like when she told the class that I was wrong: the baby's cord has a vessel of mom's blood in it, too. "That's why we have to be so careful when we draw for cord blood gases!" Ugh. After two minutes on that debate, I dropped it.)
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Beautiful .

I would suggest the Dixie Chick's "Lullaby" for the music. Someone had to tell me that it was sung by them. You wouldn't know it.

Some of the lyrics:

They didn't have you where I come from
Never knew the best was yet to come
Life began when I saw your face
And I hear your voice like a serenade

How long do you wanna be loved?
Is forever enough, is forever enough?
How long do you wanna be loved?
Is forever enough cuz I'm never never giving you up.

I slip in bed when you're asleep
to hold you close and feel your breath on me
Tomorrow there'll be so much to do
So tonight I'll drift in a dream with you...

Mama to Thing 1 and Thing 2.
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I'm loving "Dream a little dream". Can I put a link on my website, please? It's luverly
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Its absolutely beautiful!: And the music plastered a perma grin through the entire montage! Nice touch!

I so wish you were my Midwife! I showed the MW who attended the last three of my births, your picture of the baby 'born in the caul in the water' (my ultimate dream birth, btw) and she had the nerve to insult it "eeek!" because it scared her.: I felt her fear during Liam's birth and ended up getting out of the pool to deliver on land. I'm kicking myself for it now. oh well. At least Ireland was born in the water and she was 10lb 5oz no problems pp either. I'm never going to her again, then again I may never deliver again.

Only telling you that story to say how much I admire the way you empower families!
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I love it! I think my favorite pic was the last one, the girl looking at her new sibling on the blanket.

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I'm loving "Dream a little dream". Can I put a link on my website, please? It's luverly

Yes!

And I'd love to change it to the Dixie Chicks, but I cannot bear another song change - I just got the timing right at the end with this one.
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thought: does the audience know what VBAC stands for?

also, I think that photos of labouring women's facial expressions are really interesting - especially since they're not all contorted in pain. .kwim?

Yes, that's one thing that I'll explain up front....in fact I'm likely to discuss some issues (like we can do VBACs at home, as well as twins and breeches and we view those as variations on normal, not catastrophes waiting to happen). I'm still working on the presentation - I'm not one for totally planned out presentations as I get more nervous following a script, but I'm working on a basic outline and some powerpoint stuff.

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Love it!!!

Just the right length and the music was great...

I was holding dd (4wks) and she was fussin like crazy and the minute Mama Cass started singing, she stopped and looked right at me and layed her head on my shouler....

Now I need to seriously go look for my Mamas and Papps LP (yes, LP).....

Gonna send the link to my Doula if that is ok....
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we view those as variations on normal, not catastrophes waiting to happen
That is such an important message to impart

It's wonderful

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I. Loved. It!!! And I'm emailing it to my parents and In-laws...
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I Love this book. I don't know if it's too late for you to read it:

Culture, Religion & Childbearing: A Handbook for Health Professionals

by Alix Henley and Judith Schott

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Culture-Reli...=3MXC6278QBA3K

I loved the photo montage. Fabulous!
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I love how smooth and warm Cass Elliot's voice is in that song particularly and it goes along with the progression of the images very well indeed. Great ultimate choice for music!

The women's faces do reveal alot about the depth and breadth of the here and now experience of birthing. The fathers also reveal the truth of their experiences in those images, as do the siblings.

I wish I could be there to hear you speak, Pam. It'd be a treat. I think it's a wise move to just simply inform and show. Seeing is believing. A picture is worth a thousand words. (add your favorite applicable old saying here)

Please let us know how your presentation goes.


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I particularly loved that you didn't show any midwives (as far as I could tell.) Just moms and their partners and children. Great! (But as I am in my office I had the sound turned off and now I just have to go listen to it . . .)

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Love the video! Mind if I share it with some friends?

I couldn't listen to the music (don't have sound on this computer), but if you're still unsure/looking, I wanted to suggest "In Metal" by Low. It might be a little too ... creepy, though.

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"In Metal" Lyrics:

Filling holes with tiny sounds
Shining from the inside out
Picture of you where it began
In metal
In metal

Partly hate to see you grow
And just like your baby shoes
Wish I could keep your little body
In metal
In metal
In metal
In metal
In metal
In metal
Let us know how it goes! Wish I could attend.

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