A video produced by Cassandra Doughty and Valerie Ann Toizer in 1998 (68:30 min.)
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Reviewed by Susan Hodges in the Citizens for Midwifery News, Vol. 4, Issue 2, April 1999
a midwife? What do midwives do? How do they do it? Where do they do it?
Why do they practice? What is it like to be cared for by a
midwife during pregnancy and childbirth? This video answers all of
these questions in an informative tapestry of midwives in action as well
as talking about their work and philosophy, along with actual births
and mothers talking about their birth experiences. Although somewhat
long,the video provides an excellent introduction to the kind of
care midwives can provide in various settings, and the benefits of that
care for mothers and babies.
Broken into sections by a
humorous and homey cartoon story, the video includes both nurse-midwives
and direct entry midwives – eight in all. The several different nurse
midwives each have distinctive practices in particular settings, from an
inner city hospital city, to a small town birth center and home birth
practice, to a Native American home birth midwife. Woven throughout the
midwives' narratives are a number of home and birth center births,
including a water birth at the end. Thank you to these women and
families who have shared their special moments with all of us.