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Birth Without Violence
Birth Without Violence
Actor: M.D. Frederick Leboyer
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 19min

A revolutionary look at the way we welcome our children into the world features enlightening information, beneficial instruction, and beautiful imagery. Federick Leboyer, MD graduated from the University of Paris School of...  more »


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Actor: M.D. Frederick Leboyer
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Infants & Toddlers, Documentary
Studio: New Earth Records
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/12/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 19min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Import
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Celebration of life
libellula | new york, ny | 04/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What is beautiful about LeBoyer, is not the his association with indian culture and teaching it to white women, but the awareness of the beauty and naturalness of child birth. Let's remember that this was introduced in the 70s in the west, when births in the hospital was at it's highest. And it is getting to that point again. What LeBoyer does it bring our awareness back to the health of the child, the mother, the journey of birth and what it can be, rather than this "illness" that the west has forced upon us.
Look at this as a poem celebrating life and not a literal training course."
The Celebration of Birth
gennieann | 10/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Leboyer is so subtle. What he has found and teaches is still so radical it might be hard for us to see and hear. We expect something completely different; instruction, guidelines, graphic hospital scenes. What he wants us to see is the miracle of a child being born. His first book created such a stir. He was accused of risking the newborn's life What he showed was the simple fact that we need not rush. We can let birth unfold and not,by often unnecessary procedures. aggravate the baby's shock of coming into this world. Naturally, provided conditions are normal. He does not propagate risk taking. With this film he shows clearly, what science later has proved, that the new born sees,hears and feels.

Today courses in baby massage abound . Again Leboyer was the first to introduce baby massage in the Western world. This second film shows a young Indian mother going through an old traditional form of infant massage. With expert loving touch she communicates with her son.

Last but not least, the third film introduces chanting in child birth preparation and labor. What could be more
radical? This is not a hippie movie or 70's movie, as one reviewer calls it. No cannabis involved - no offence meant. I am an admirer of Ina May Gaskin and all the other wise midwives. But this film raises birthing to a different level. It uses water, flood and storm as a metaphor for the process of birthing and labour. Leboyer encourages women not to be afraid. To set aside preconceived ideas of what labour is. The film is a celebration of Womanhood. But sadly few of us are able to listen.

Not an instruction DVD
Mike and Brenda | 09/12/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The first film is not about the birthing process. The film starts with the baby's head already emerged from it's mother and a pair of hands pulls baby out and places it on its mother's belly. No narration or talking as the baby lies there on it's mother's belly.
The second film is a woman massaging her baby. No narration or speaking.
The third film is a woman playing a sitar and singing/chanting. No breathing instruction, narration, or speaking"