The Psychology of Birth: Invitation to Intimacy

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Distributed through Owl Productions, http:// owl.postle.net/birth/ Email: elmerowl@postle.net (53 minutes)
Reviewed Title: 
The Psychology of Birth: Invitation to Intimacy

This is an extraordinary film, suitable for a wide audience, on the importance of the events during the earliest of human developmental stages. The film presents new material about what babies can tell us about their experience, given a supportive atmosphere, and as well how adults explore and heal traumatic separations and problematic relationship issues.The script is well written (and sensitively narrated by Binnie A. Dansby) and director's vision as shown through the images is truly noteworthy. This is an educational or documentary film that features Joseph Chilton Pearce, Barbara Findeisen, MA, MFT, Sobonfu Some, Ray Castellino, DC, RCST, David Chamberlain, PhD, and Marti Glenn, PhD with Debby Takikawa and Nancy Greenfield also featured. The work was co-originated and produced with Debby Takikawa.The cover of the DVD describes the film in the following way: "Science tells us the infant is more capable than we had ever imagined, therapeutic studies reveal access to memories that indicate a much more aware infant. If an unsafe environment leads to traumatic breaking of contact, then the atmosphere of an ideal, supported birth, creates conditions where healing can take place. An arrival of divine proportions, or a journey through the gates of hell; to engage in the firth process is to embrace the greatest beauty while risking our greatest fears."All involved with the making of this film need to be commended because the entire production reflects quality from the conception of ideas to the editing. Viewers can take the new concepts and ideas from prenatal and perinatal psychology that are offered and have their own insights and curiosities about their own lives. I would highly recommend this film for everyone, but especially if you are a teacher, a therapist, a researcher, a midwife, or anyone working with new mothers and fathers, or those interested in understanding the prenatal and perinatal timeframe from a psychological perspective.What Babies Want, an Exploration of the Consciousness of Infants is a documentary (VHS/DVD) by Debby Takikawa (2004), and narrated by actor, Noah WyIe. Beginnings, Inc. A Resource Center, distributes the film. A Resource Center, P.O. Box 681, Los Olivos, CA 93441 (805) 688-9877, www.whatbabieswant.com. Email: info@whatbabieswant. com (1 hour, 6 minutes)."What Babies Want" looks into cutting edge science, older customs, and traditional cultures in an effort to search for ways to keep children's spirits intact. It vividly illustrates the effects that environment and early experience have on a baby's growth, physical and mental health.The film is illuminated with stories and personal experiences of infants, children and adults. It is warmly narrated by Noah Wyle, who with his wife Tracy, share moments of their adventure in parenting their young child, Owen.From the website: "This remarkable documentary is about a new way of looking at the beginning of life; a quiet revolution on how we perceive our beginnings. It is full of joyful possibility, both provocative and engaging. The interview personalities are some of the founders of prenatal and perinatal psychology, and experts on early development, thinkers and scientists on the frontier of this rapidly growing field. The documentary brings to life their comments and concepts, illustrating their work with amazing pictures, ranging from ultrasound images of babies in the womb, to observations of parents and children in various stages of new life. The experts include: David Chamberlain, PhD, psychologist, Ray Castellino, DC, RCST, Barbara Findeisen, MFT, Marti Glenn, PhD, Jay Gordon, MD, Mary Jackson, Midwife, Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD, Joseph Chilton Pearce, and Sobonfu Some. The work was co-originated and produced with Elmer Postle."In sum, "... this fascinating documentary... is a clear and gentle message that babies are more aware and present than we ever imagined. We are affected by and able to respond to the circumstances of our lives right from the start. In fact, early experiences influence how we form our perceptions of the world. These early impressions also affect our ability to learn, to trust and to develop relationships."These two films have been a long time in the making and they are both filling a huge gap in how to explain the importance of prenatal and perinatal period to a broad audience.Reviews by B.J. Lyman, PhDSanta Barbara, California

Publication Date: 
03/2005