Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Our new baby, installment #17
In addition to the copy of Optimal Foetal Position, our home birth midwife each week would send us home from our appointment with something else to read or watch. On one ocassion, it was a vintage VHS of a film called "Birth in the Squatting Position," which was only about 10 minutes long but showed the crowning and births of a handful of babies in stark anatomical fasion. The only sound one hears in addition to the background music is the narrator in his English accent sounding like the host of Wild Kingdom's World of Animals as he explains in awe that women actually give birth squatting -- and smile as they do it! It took many weeks for my husband to bring himself to watch the film, which left him sort of speechless. It left me sort of speechless, too. One of the births shows a baby whose head molded so incredibly that it looked more like a summer squash than a human!