Audio/Visual Resources for Pregnancy & Childbirth

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Ancestral Women. Kiiskakuna Productions, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund, Directed by Rosana Matecki, $19.95 (DVD, 48 minutes)

Christine Roy, a Canadian midwife of Abenaki roots, embarks on a journey that starts in Bolivia, meeting fellow Quechua and Aymara midwives and finds an ancestral knowledge inside the practice of midwifery. From there she moves on to Akewesasne and engages in rich discussions with Katsi Cook, an acclaimed Onkwehonweh (Mohawk) midwife and activist. Circling homeward brings Christine to Eeyou Istchee, traditional Cree territory in James Bay Quebec, where the Cree people are creating a new midwifery that blends traditional knowledge with contemporary healing practices.

This documentary offers invaluable insight into the power of ancestral roots, and how it can inform today's midwifery care.


Choices in Childbirth. InJoy Videos, $89.99 (2 Volume DVD Set) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Choices in Childbirth guides parents step-by-step through three different childbirth interventions and provides an even-handed presentation of benefits and drawbacks.

Volume 1: Epidural Anesthesia 20 minutes. Compare and contrast two birth stories: an epidural and a non-medicated birth. Understand the epidural procedure and how it may affect labor and birth. The merits and drawbacks of this most common pain relief option are explored thoroughly.

Volume 2: Cesarean Birth 22 minutes. With first-of-its-kind, 3D cesarean animation, intertwined with one couple's unplanned cesarean birth story, viewers will have a better understanding of the procedure than ever before. (An actual surgery is included at the end to be shown at your option).


Gestational Diabetes DVD. InJoy Productions, $39.99 (22 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

This program teaches pregnant women who have gestational diabetes how to keep their blood glucose in a safe and healthy range for the remainder of their pregnancy. It explains the condition, the risk factors and covers healthy food choices, physical activity, medications and more.

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Itís My Body, My Baby, My Birth: a Film about Natural Childbirth. Wisewoman Childbirth Traditions, $13.95 (DVD format, 27 minutes)

An educational birth film that tells the story of seven mothers and their emotional journeys to natural childbirth. Beautifully filmed, the DVD presents the views and experiences of mothers, their partners (including one lesbian couple), midwives, an obstetrician and a childbirth educator. Each womanís story is unique and powerful. Pain, safety and fear are all addressed in this compelling film.


Miracle of Birth, 4th Edition: Five Birth Stories DVD. InJoy Videos, $49.99 (51 minutes/5 segments) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Candid interviews, real labor footage and a diverse collection of mothers and birth experiences will keep viewers entertained and informed as they prepare for their own birth experience. This inspiring 61-minute program follows five women through the miraculous process of birth. Features a natural birth, and induced epidural birth, and the vaginal birth of twins.


Multiples: More of Everything DVD, Volume One — Prenatal & Birth.  InJoy Videos, $39.99 Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Multiples: More of Everything DVD, Volume Two —– Postpartum & Breastfeeding.  InJoy Videos, $39.99 Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

This two-volume series prepares parents for the special challenges of having twins or more through the experiences of other families. Stories of twin and triplet pregnancies, births and first-year developmental milestones will inform and encourage viewers.

Volume 1: Prenatal & Birth — teaches parents what to expect during their pregnancy, how to cope with possible complications and how to be better prepared for the delivery.

Volume 2: Postpartum & Breastfeeding — shows the realities of caring for multiples, from the first few days to first birthdays.

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Pain Management for Childbirth DVD: Volume 1 Comfort Techniques. InJoy Productions, $49.99 (29 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Volume 1 of this 2 volume set provides an understanding of labor pain – why it occurs, what to expect and how to manage it without pain medications. This DVD demonstrates physical and mental techniques and includes footage of a couple having their first child, using a variety of comfort techniques and delivering their baby naturally. 

Pain Management for Childbirth DVD: Volume 2 Analgesics & Epidurals. InJoy Productions, $49.99 (28 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Volume 2 of this 2 volume set provides expectant parents with an understanding of the two most common labor pain medications. Using real labor footage and 3d animation, viewers will learn how pain medications are administered, how they work and the risks and benefits of each. The DVD includes footage of a single mother who chooses to have an analgesic and then later, an epidural.


Planned Cesarean: Your Guide to a Positive Birth Experience DVD. InJoy Productions, $49.99 (36 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Many parents are disappointed or anxious when they find out that they need to have a cesarean birth. Using 3D animation of the surgical procedure and personal birth stories, expectant parents are reassured that a planned caesarean birth can be a positive family-centered experience. Content Includes:

  • Signs of Labor — signs of preterm labor, amniocentesis, labor signs
  • Preparing for Surgery — relaxation exercises, preparing for recovery, restrictions
  • Surgical Procedure — operating room, epidural, spinal block, general anesthesia, support people, 3D animation of surgery, newborn procedures, bonding, family-centered birth tips
  • Recovery — breastfeeding, rooming-in, visitors, support, emotions, body mechanics, warning signs

Positions for Labor DVD: Maternal Movement and Optimal Fetal Positioning. InJoy Vidoes, $39.99 (19 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

This program uses state-of-the art 3-D  animation of fetal rotation and descent, to show moms and their support people the benefits of walking, sitting, forward leaning, side-lying and more throughout labor and birth.

 

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Relaxation, Rhythm, Ritual: the 3Rs of Childbirth DVD $69.95, 15 minutes

In this 15-minute video, Penny Simkin shares moments from the labour and birth experiences of ten women. A welcome addition to the films that childbirth educators show in their classes.


Stages of Labor, 3rd Edition, DVD. InJoy Productions, $49.99 (27 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

By familiarizing yourself with the natural process of labor, you can reduce fears and increase feelings of preparedness. Stunning 3D animation of a baby inside her mother's womb looks at the four stages of labor. Combined with real birth footage, this comprehensive program shows common emotions during labor, demonstrates coping methods, and provides helpful tips for support people. Featuring:

  • Stunning animation of mother and baby gives a realistic view of anatomy and birth physiology
  • All new birth footage and interviews with relatable families
  • Early/active labor information updated based on new research
  • Addition of the fourth stage of labor, including physiological changes and bonding
  • More emphasis on skin-to-skin contact and keeping mother and baby together after birth

There’s a Baby: a Children’s Film about a New Baby. Penny Simkin, $23.95 (DVD, 11 minutes)

This gentle film shows Maia’s joy and excitement as she learns about the new baby, greets her with a kiss and a song, and shows us a bit about life with a new baby.

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Understanding Birth: a Comprehensive Guide, 3rd Edition DVD. InJoy Videos (2 DVDs, 135 minutes & 48 minutes) $129.95 Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

The second edition of this award-winning program includes current, evidence-based information, all new footage, and an overall fresh look. As viewers follow the featured families from pregnancy through postpartum, they see a variety of labor experiences, including a natural birth, interventions, and an unplanned cesarean section.

Two DVDs are included with the purchase: Understanding Birth 2nd Edition Express condenses the full-length program and provides the most sought-after topics in less than an hour. The package includes a Facilitator Guide that provides discussion questions and information about the featured families.


Understanding Pregnancy DVD: a Comprehensive Guide. InJoy Productions, $59.99 (78 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

A healthier pregnancy starts here, with current research-based prenatal care recommendations, these DVD models healthy habits and teaches about:

  • Fetal development
  • Prenatal care
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Discomforts in pregnancy
  • Understanding hazards
  • Emotions

Understanding Prenatal Nutrition DVD. InJoy Productions, $39.99 (15 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

This concise DVD teaches you why good nutrition is essential for a healthy pregnancy and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle.

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Complete List

Ancestral Women. Kiiskakuna Productions, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund, Directed by Rosana Matecki, $19.95 (DVD, 48 minutes)

Choices in Childbirth. InJoy Videos, $89.99 (2 Volume DVD Set) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Comfort Measures for Childbirth. Penny Simkin, $82.95 (91 Minutes) DVD

Gestational Diabetes DVD. InJoy Productions, $39.99 (22 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

It's My Body, My Baby, My Birth: a Film about Natural Childbirth. Wisewoman Childbirth Traditions, $13.95 (27 minutes) DVD

Miracle of Birth, 4th Edition: Five Birth Stories DVD. InJoy Videos, $49.99 (51 minutes/5 segments) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Multiples: More of Everything DVD, Volume One Prenatal & Birth.† InJoy Videos, $39.99 Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Multiples: More of Everything DVD, Volume Two Postpartum & Breastfeeding.† InJoy Videos, $39.99 Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Pain Management for Childbirth: Volume 1 Comfort Techniques. InJoy Productions, $49.99 (29 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Pain Management for Childbirth: Volume 2 Analgesics & Epidurals. InJoy Productions, $49.99 (28 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Planned Cesarean: Your Guide to a Positive Birth Experience. InJoy Productions, $49.99 (36 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Positions for Labor: Maternal Movement and Optimal Fetal Positioning DVD. InJoy Videos, $39.99 (19 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Relaxation, Rhythm, Ritual: the 3Rs of Childbirth. Penny Simkin, $69.95, (15 minutes) DVD

Stages of Labor, 3rd Edition, DVD. InJoy Productions, $49.99 (27 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Thereís a Baby: a Childrenís Film about a New Baby. Penny Simkin, $23.95 (DVD, 11 minutes)

Understanding Birth: a Comprehensive Guide, 3rd Edition.† InJoy Videos $129.95 (2 DVDs, 135 minutes & 48 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Understanding Pregnancy: a Comprehensive Guide. InJoy Productions, $59.99 (78 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Understanding Prenatal Nutrition. InJoy Productions, $39.99 (15 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

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