Our childbirth series is designed to improve the quality of care during childbirth and protect the lives of birthing women. Ten million women suffer injury, infection, or disease in childbirth each year, and 300,000 of these woman die. The series features more than 10 videos surrounding normal birth that demonstrate best-practice care during labor, birth, and immediate postpartum. They showcase a midwifery approach to care with a birth attendant working solo, the norm in small facilities throughout much of the developing world.

Our videos include the faces of birthing women to model the rapport between the birth attendant and the woman. This interaction is an important feature of our films which aim to teach humanistic care for birthing women.

A tremendous amount of work has gone on “behind the scenes” to ensure the accuracy, authenticity, and humanity of our childbirth videos. We are very grateful to all the people who have given their time and expertise so generously to make this video project a reality, and especially to the women who agreed to be filmed.

Primary Sources

A Book for Midwives, Hesperian Health Guides, 2013
IMPAC: Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care, WHO, 2006
Labor and Delivery Care HEAT Module, The Open University

Midwifery and Medical Experts

Robyn Churchill, CNM
Dr. Karen Hays, CNM
Dr. Justus Hofmeyr
Dr. William W. Young

Clinical Site Partners

Dr. Rachel Karrach, United Mission Hospital, Nepal
Dr. Rejoit, Ministry of Health, Hinche, Haiti
Dr. Steven Eads, Midwives for Haiti

Health Worker “Actresses/Actors”

Pabitra Khanal, Nepal
Mirline Laguerre, Haiti
Genette Thelusmond, Haiti

Narration

English:  Charlotte Blake Alston
Spanish:  Maria Alexandra Granja
French:  Jeanne Bernier
Nepali:  Anita Bindu

Animation

Ray Downing

Financial Support

A grant from The Price Family Foundation was instrumental in making the Childbirth Series possible. In addition we would also like to acknowledge the generous support we receive from our friends and neighbors in the Mad River Valley of Vermont and beyond.