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Comments, Reviews, Feedback of "Birth As We Know It"

I'm absolutely elated about my birthing experience and am forever grateful to Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova and her amazing film "Birth As We Know It" for instilling the confidence in me to have my baby at home, rather than in the hospital as I had been planning to do.

I am 42 and it is my first baby. My doctor told me I was a "high risk" category, so a c-section was due.When I heard in the film that birthing a child could be blissful rather than painful I was very surprised to hear such a thing as the idea was completely foreign to me. I watched the whole DVD 17 times! (all 3,5 hrs of it) Watching so many beautiful women giving birth so peacefully, helped my fears to melt away. It enabled me to avoid a build up of anxiety as the due date approached and put me into a significantly relaxed frame of mind. Not only that, the notion of having my baby in the water was also completely new and totally appealing as I feel very relaxed in water.

Everything Elena brought forward in her film was well articulated in a beautiful way that rang true for me, especially the things she said about how our own birth trauma affects our self-confidence during the delivery. I believe everybody, especially those planning on having a child, would benefit greatly from seeing it. I had a beautiful homebirth with a midwife."

Simone Italia, age 42

"This film delivers a powerful transmission of what it really takes to give birth consciously."

Tatiana Sargunas, spiritual midwife, mother of 4.

"Thank you so much for this WONDERFUL movie! I have already watched it twice...and am so happy to have such a wonderful movie to add to my birth resource library. I will be having my third homebirth (fifth birth) in the spring, and have found that your movie has really given me insight into birth that I had never considered before.

Your dedication to this movement is phenomenal. A true blessing to MY children, and theirs! Thank you! "

~Mya

Letter from South Africa:

"Dear Elena, I recently bought the DVD Birth As We Know It.

My son has just turned a year old and I still feel that I never gave birth to him. He was simply removed from my body by c-section after a failed induction. The induction was done, basically, due to nervous midwife and doctor.

Despite having trained as a doula and planning a water birth at home, I still ended up in a hospital, not being able to hold my son until 12 hours after he was born and suffering badly from post-natal depression.

I hope to have more children and seeing this DVD has helped me find a starting place. I realise now that I have so much work to do on myself before i can consider another child. I need to find that belief in my body that has been so devastated by my past experience. This has been such a gift to me, and I am so thankful to find this information that I had to thank you for it.

I live in South Africa, which I'm told has the highest c-section rate in the world (around 80% of all births). It is very hard to find support for natural childbirth - from friends and family alone, never mind health professionals! I'm considered quite crazy for even considering homebirth an option.

I hope once I have worked through my own issues that I will be able to give something back, hopefully by educating women in my country about just how wonderful their bodies are and that we are designed perfectly to give birth without intervention. Your film will be instrumental in my efforts.

Thank you again for this wonderful gift you have given the world.

much love and bright blessings, Sarah"

"I was spellbound with 'Birth As We Know It'. I will watch it again and again for years to come".

Stephanie Neurohr, filmmaker and mother of 7.

"Dear Elena,

My goodness, what a gorgeous piece of work. While the film is longer than I expected, I did not regret that fact, because it made possible more thoroughness than is customary. Whenever my attention wavered for a moment, I was brought back, again and again, by a new message and by your amazing voice and manner.

I appreciate the modesty, the lack of stridency, and the gentleness of the message. In other words, you accomlished the important (but often overlooked) task of making your delivery of the message match the content of your message. The viewer feels treated as gently as do the parents who are bringing their babies into the outside world.

I often find birth films either overly romantic or overly political. "Birth As We Know It" is neither, but manages to deliver an unmistakeable and unforgettable message, all the same.

I am in your debt for the chance to look at what you have made. If I may be of help relative to your film, I hope you will let me know. My best wishes for your work, and my gratitude to you for reaching out".

Dr. Michael Trout, APPPAH vice-president

"Birth As We Know It" is a stunning film that pulls you in and mesmerizes you with its beauty. It delicately depicts and sensitively observes one of natures most private and yet miraculous events: the birth of a new human being. Rare and intelligent. Scientifically sound. Highly recommended to all future parents who want to birth a new generation of loving and caring children. With best regards, Thomas"

(Thomas R. Verny MD, DPsych, DHL, FRCPC, founder and a long time president of APPPAH)

Dr. Michel Odent: 'We must pay tribute to Elena for prompting us to re-examine basic features of human nature. Her film explains why millions of women, all over the world, dream of giving birth in the sea, among dolphins.'

"Every young woman in the world, before she even thinks of having a child, should see "Birth As We Know It", Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova's film. Every woman needs to know that she has a choice between fear and joy. This film is about the happiest day in a woman's life ­ the day she gives birth. It will help her to prepare for a joyous birth, instead of a possibly wretched one and avoid the pitfalls of 'modern' medicine, which fails to recognize that birth is a normal, natural process that women have been carrying out successfully for five million years.

This film will lead her toward experiencing the empowerment that a natural birth will give her, which is her birthright. It is unlikely that she will ever see as important a film again during her lifetime."

George C. Denniston MD, MPH, Retired Professor of Family Medicine, University of Washington President, Population Dynamics, Seattle WA

President, Doctors Opposing Circumcision Former Associate Medical Director, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

"Truly a landmark global production! It could be carried as a new class of documentaries!

Elena Tonetti-Vladimorova has cracked the egg open before our eyes. Nothing can bring female valor and compassion so vividly into our awareness. Nothing can reveal more tenderness. She shows the last vestiges of our technological age for just what it is ...efficient but mildy ruthless ... its time to make the next move to a real global civilization not just another economy. It is time to do that with the compassion deeply inherent in our natural ways of being. She has compiled the evidence in the most moving way. This is a planetary moment. One of the most cherished events in life has now been brought to the altar in the most peaceful way it can happen."

Jim Channon

Social Architecture

jim@arcturus.org

"Beautifully crafted and visually stunning, Birth as we know it not only inspires us to birth consciously; it also gives us the information we need to prepare our minds and bodies for this pivotal event. Birth as we know it will be invaluable for mothers, fathers, midwives and everyone involved with birth and babies, awakening us all to the central role of birth in life-long health and wellbeing.

Love to you, dear sister, Sarah"

(Dr Sarah J Buckley, GP/family physician,www.sarahjbuckley.com Author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering; The wisdom and science of gentle choices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting"

"Hello! My name is Amy Khoo. I live in Costa Rica in the Gulfo Dulce. Recently I had the pleasure of watching your new film "Birth As We Know It". I found it so inspiring! well intended and well documented.

Actually, I have seen some of the raw, unedited footage of Tatiana and Igor Chaikovsky at the 3rd International Dolphin/Whale Conference in Hawaii in 1991. It was what inspired me to have a water birth!

So, later we ourselves birthed our first son here, IN THE OCEAN!

He was born Jan. 1 , 1993. We built a raft and moored it 1/4 km off shore and sunk the raft below the water surface so i could be sitting underwater, floating in the ocean. (Tidal changes here make it difficult to sit on the shoreline to calmly give birth as the waves would be pushing and pulling constantly.) Our birth experiences, both with our first and later our second (on land) were all that your movie is about.

We were fortunate to have been able to take responsibility for birthing our sons as we wanted to...naturally, consciously and sacredly.

Also my pregnancies were equally embraced as an incredibly amazing time for me when I devoted as much time and attention as I possibly could to the betterment of my health - mentally, physically and spiritually... Indulging in self awareness not only for my own benefit but for the second heart that was beating inside me!!! It was my duty. What a blessed gracious gift from God...conceiving, growing and birthing babies!!! Aahhh...then raising them is a thousand times rewarding even more than the lead up pregnancy/birthing times.....

Well, Elena, I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your video and hope it serves to inspire many many people to follow their hearts and have conscious births. Blessing to you and our eternal gratitude, Amy"

www.yogapavones.com

"It is amazing, one of the most powerful birth films that I have seen. Inspiring, informative, delightful, full of gems and stories to counteract this crazy world we live in...I love your narration, so natural and yet profound, I wanted to write down so much of what you said. I also found it personally profound, your understanding of life, limbic imprinting, your dancing... Simply amazing!

Many blessings sister, Sarah"

"Dear One,

I spent a morning on your film and other treasures- your bonus features, going back and forth, and taking notes. I have already begun to spread the good news of your priceless work, and will certainly write a review for all APPPAH publications.

My congratulations and best wishes, David"

(Dr. David Chamberlain, Psychologist, Author, The Mind of Your Newborn Baby (3rd edition, 1998), now in 12 translations Editor, www.birthpsychology.com

"Dear Elena,

I was at the screening at the 'Open Secret'. I was very impressed with your film. Thank you for making it! It touched me very deeply. My friend, Jonathan, was also touched deeply – he was re-experiencing his birth trauma! I told him to breathe through it rather than leave (which he was ready to do) and he said later he felt deeply healed. Did you know your film could do that?

I suggest you add this to your introduction when you show the film: "This film could, in fact, re-stimulate your own birth trauma. This can be a good thing if you don't resist it. Breathe through the feelings and know you can survive them. This can be a great opening for you...." I was a trained re-birther, so I took a lot of people through re-experience of their birth trauma. It was easy for me, except that I was re-experiencing my own circumcision trauma. OUCH!"

Lion Goodman, Evocateur

"Bravo, Elena!

You deserve accolades for bringing the beauty of birth, with its miraculous possibilities, to the attention of all those who have observed birth as normative abuse! Birth needs to be acknowledged as the orgasm of womanhood and honored in that light. When women are prepared, birth is an ecstatic experience, and you have documented and shown it in such a way that there can be no doubt about its potential.

Love, Marilyn Milos"

"I would like to express to my community what the work "Birth As We Know It" is:

There is Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

There is Shakespeare's Hamlet.

There is Nadia Comaneci's - first ever - 1976 perfect score of 10.0 in Olympic gymnastics.

There is Einstein's cognitive epiphany E=MC(2).

Next to each stands Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova's documentary "Birth As We Know It".

I wish to both god and the devil I had had something to do with the making of this perfect stone. But even though I have been lucky enough to have known Elena for several years and even though I knew of her previous beautiful video "Birth Into Being", I had no clue of what she was up to or an inkling of what she was capable of.

To everyone who generously contributed in the birth of this beautiful jewel I offer thanks and congratulations. To Elena I simply bow (and I am not one who bows). To everyone else – one final word: Magnificent!"

Richard Roth, film-maker

"I have been showing Amber and Nassim's birth in my Birthing Body & Soul class which I teach at a local pediatricians office. I have had such incredible positive feedback! I think it teaches something I have not seen anywhere else. It is such a valuable contribution to our work. The whole film is! but I get a very direct feedback on that section and it is wonderful".

Shelley Campbell, childbirth educator

"I showed 'Birth As We Know It' to my daughter-in-law, Danelle, who was born by c-section because she was breech. She collapsed into hysterical sobs. As she witnessed c-section in the film, she was re-visiting her own traumatic birth.

After the crying was over she felt an enormous release. Six years of therapy in one hour!! Even though her own son was breech, she chose to deliver at home, unassisted. It was quite a remarkable healing for Donelle, and Elena said she has the same stories from women all over the world. This is an exquisite film!

Marilyn Milos, NOCIRC founder and president

"Elena,

I just can't thank you enough for contributing your film to my library. It is amazing. Inspiring. Life changing... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are ever in the Seattle area, please let me know as I would be honored to meet you and or hear you speak.

Very best wishes,

Corey Colwell-Lipson"

"Rich with some of the most stunning images of birth that I have seen, "Birth As We Know It" captures the peace and connection of the birth experience and beautifully demonstrates that pregnancy offers a profound opportunity for increased awareness, opening, and transformation. Imparting an important and powerful message through its bold statements and imagery, Birth As We Know It will infuse women with the inner knowing that they can create a natural and loving journey into birth. I highly recommend this film to health care providers and prospective parents alike."

Vicki Abrams, CCE, IBCLC, Director of the Childbirth Education Program at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

Elena's WORKSHOP TESTIMONY:

"Dear Elena!

I want to share with you about my amazing healing that happened at your workshop in Florida. I am 64 years old, nevertheless, I am so happy to have attended it.

I didn't really want to go, but my daughter, Ra-El, who had been to your workshop before and who is my biggest teacher! wanted me to go with het this time. So I went.

My experience was amazing! So much good came out of it. And, it was done so well! The part where we experienced to be born in Love was the most powerful! It was done with so much kindness and gentleness - it was just what I needed! The healing that I felt that weekend has had such long-lasting effects, especially with my heart. I have a pacemaker implanted because of a weakened heart condition. Two weeks after the seminar I had my six-month test following the implantation. For the past 7 1/2 years my heart's pumping efficiency had been at approximately 27, when normal is 55. The test indicates that I am now at 50! I attribute that to the healing I received during your workshop. The doctors are overwhelmed, because they say it is extremely rare that such an improvement can occur. I call it a God-given Miracle.

Another powerful gift from that re-birthing experience, has been my release of my daughter. She has been also re-born in my mind and spirit to be free to live the life she chooses. I have been free now to accept that she lives so far away, in CA, and free from the overwhelming sadness from missing her presence.

And finally, there was a first-time experience of being at peace with the other women. The loving, caring atmosphere was so nurturing to sooth my fears and anxieties. I've never had that in my life. The guidance from you, Elena, was so wise and focused on being unashamed and supporting one another. It too was truly a gift!

I can hardly wait to go on the second level to continue the healing. Thank you!"

Rose Mary Amantia

E-mail exchange with a medical student at Harvard about circumcision:

From: Colleen Harrison

To: elena@birthintobeing.com

Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 5:59 PM

Subject: Your circumcision video

Hello, I'm a medical student at Harvard and I recently saw your video on U-Tube about circumcision. Could you tell me anything that would help me defend myself and your video against my classmates' claims that it contains false information, is biased against Jews, and tells only one side of the story? I sent the video link to my class and unwittingly received a bunch of angry calls!

Help!!!

Thanks, Colleen Harrison

----- Original Message -----

From: Elena Tonetti

To: Colleen Harrison v Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 7:07 PM

Subject: Re: Your circumcision video

Dear Colleen!

I am so sorry you got into so much trouble. But I praise your desire to learn more. There is a lot of info on the subject on many sites dedicated to it by numerous organizations committed to stopping that insanity. If Jewish and Muslim people want to mutilate their babies, it's on their conscience, but why 75% of ALL babies in the US are being mutilated, has no explanation or justification. NO ONE medical association in the world, including American, recommends it. The video does not contain any false information. I have some links on my "resources" page on my site, as well as the article on circumcision.

Actually, I remember some of the links by heart:

www.circumcision.org

www.nocirc.org

www.noharmm.org

www.norm.org

www.icgi.org

www.cirp.org

www.infocirc.org

and many, many others...

Good luck!

May you find your truth.

Elena

----- Original Message -----

From: Colleen Harrison

To: Elena Tonetti

Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 3:55 PM

Subject: Re: Fw: Your circumcision video

Elena,

Thank you so much for your reply. I really appreciated your video so thanks for making it and for putting on U-Tube. I'll take the issue up with my classmates--thanks for the links!

Cheers!

Colleen

Harvard Medical School

November 28. Elena Tonetti wrote to Marilyn Milos and George Denniston:

"Marilyn, George! how can we help this kid?"

----- Original Message -----

From: Marilyn Milos

To: Elena Tonetti

Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 8:32 AM

Subject: Re: Fw: Your circumcision video

Hi Elena,

I wrote this to Colleen:

Dear Colleen,

The video does not contain any false claims. The information is accurate.

I tried to save that baby. The mother was willing to leave the boy intact but the father insisted on circumcision. The nurse's name is Dee and Dr. Ed Boyce performed the circumcision at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California, in 1982. Sheila Curran and I were there to videotape the event...with the hope that it would spare other babies. It has.

A hospital circumcision is often done differently than a circumcision performed by a mohel at home. However, amputating highly erogenous tissue from the body of a newborn baby is always a painful and traumatic experience, even -- and perhaps, especially -- if the infant appears to fall asleep. Many babies go into a semi-comatose state as a way of defending themselves from the torture.

You can send anyone who challenges the circumcision video to me! I will respond.

Sincerely, Marilyn

Marilyn Fayre Milos, RN, Executive Director National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers

On 11/27/06, Colleen Harrison wrote:

Dear Dr. Denniston,

Hello, I am a second-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. I would like to put on a lunch talk about the pros and cons of circumcision, and I was wondering whether your organization could put me in contact with any physicians in the Boston area who might be willing to give an hour of their time. Another student organization will provide the "pro" side, and I am specifically looking for a speaker to address the cons of circumcision.

Thank you,

Colleen Harrison

---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: George C Denniston MD

Date: Nov 28, 2006 7:30 PM

Subject: Re: Looking for speaker on circumcision to come to Harvard Medical School

To: Colleen Harrison

Dear Colleen,

I am a graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard School of Public Health. I haave been dealing with this issue for decades as President of Doctors Opposing Circumcision (DOC). Those in favor of circumcision do not have a leg to stand on. I will send you a draft of what a circumciser is.

I do have the perfect speaker for you. He is Ronald Goldman PhD, director of the Circumcision Resource Center in Boston. My only regret is that I cannot be there to hear the discussion. You can contact him at crc@circumcision.org 617-523-0088 Do take a look at our website, and especially the foreskin curriculum, and the video about the foreskin. They are both quite short. You are already with us, but this will give you the most info quickly. It is terribly sad, but my Jewish friends do have a lot of difficulty with this issue.

DOC does not approve of religious circumcision, because I was persuaded by a Harvard philosopher that if circumcision is harmful (of which I have NO doubt) then I cannot discriminate against Jewish boys by not including them in our efforts to eradicate circumcision. So we are pro-semitic in reality.

For now, George Denniston MD MPH

"Dear Elena,

Please bask every day in the knowledge that you have produced a masterpiece that is changing the world. I am the witness. After that, everything can be anticlimax and still it will be wonderful. "

Dr. George C. Denniston

And here is another e-mail exchange:

----- Original Message -----

From: Paramanadoula@aol.com

To: elena@birthintobeing.com

Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2006 11:42 PM

Subject: Re: "Birth As We Know It"

Thanks, but I am not sure pregnant women should be watching "births".

Liliana Lammers

----- Original Message -----

From: Elena Tonetti

To: Paramanadoula@aol.com

Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 3:42 PM

Subject: re:"Birth As We Know It"

Wow! There is an opinion for you! May I ask you why?

----- Original Message -----

From: Paramanadoula@aol.com

To: elena@birthintobeing.com

Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 11:42 PM

Subject: Re: Fw: "Birth As We Know It"

Women see films and make plans...then they are not completely spontanous...their intellectual brain is full of images...instead of listenning to their bodies they think!

To give birth you need privacy, warmth and a person who makes you feel secure...and protects your space from humans!

Liliana

----- Original Message -----

From: Elena Tonetti

To: Paramanadoula@aol.com

Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 12:19 PM

Subject: re:"Birth As We Know It"

I see... Well, you have a good point... But also, there is an undeniable evidence of how helpful it can be for some women to witness what's possible and how much healing happens when they see it. I'm including a few of letters to support what i just said:

...Letters skipped...

----- Original Message -----

From: Paramanadoula@aol.com

To: elena@birthintobeing.com

Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 12:15 AM

Subject: Re: "Birth As We Know It"

Of course, we can easily find anecdotes to support almost everything, that is not a problem.

Too many books, too many films...too many gadgets...and too little on the need for Privacy...

Liliana

----- Original Message -----

From: Elena Tonetti

To: Paramanadoula@aol.com

Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 1:35 PM

Subject: Re: "Birth As We Know It"

Actually, I strongly emphasize the importance of privacy in my film. (in the "birthing field" chapter).

Elena

----- Original Message -----

From: Paramanadoula@aol.com

To: elena@birthintobeing.com

Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 10:29 AM

Subject: Re: Fw: "Birth As We Know It"

Filming and PRIVACY???

----- Original Message -----

From: Elena Tonetti

To: Paramanadoula@aol.com

Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 1:35 PM

Subject: Re: "Birth As We Know It"

OK... How do you suggest women should find out about their need for privacy?

----- Original Message -----

From: Paramanadoula@aol.com

To: elena@birthintobeing.com

Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 12:29 PM

Subject: Re: Fw: "Birth As We Know It"

Mary gave birth to Jesus in a stable...no humans beings around. Good to remember. If pregnant women were not bombarded by so many books, magazines, etc, they will be more in touch with their bodies and they will know intuitively about the need for privacy.

By for now,

Liliana

Reviews

"Birth As We Know It is a stunning film that pulls you in and mesmerizes you with its beauty. It delicately depicts and sensitively observes one of natures most private and yet miraculous events: the birth of a new human being. Rare and intelligent. Scientifically sound. Highly recommended to all future parents who who want to birth a new generation of loving and caring children"

-Thomas R. Verny MD, DPsych, DHL, FRCPC

www.trvernymd.com


"Beautifully crafted and visually stunning, Birth As We Know It not only inspires us to birth consciously; it also gives us the information we need to prepare our minds and bodies for this pivotal event. Birth As We Know It will be invaluable for mothers, fathers, midwives and everyone involved with birth and babies, awakening us all to the central role of birth in life-long health and wellbeing.

It is amazing, one of the most powerful birth films that I have seen. Inspiring, informative, delightful, full of gems and stories to counteract this crazy world we live in...I love your narration, so natural and yet profound, I wanted to write down so much of what you said. I also found it personally profound, your understanding of life, limbic imprinting, your dancing... Simply amazing!"

-Dr Sarah J Buckley - GP/family physician, Author of

"Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering; The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting"

www.sarahjbuckley.com


"My goodness, what a gorgeous piece of work. I often find birth films either overly romantic or overly political. "Birth As We Know It" is neither, but manages to deliver an unmistakable and unforgettable message. The viewer feels treated as gently as do the parents who are bringing their babies into the outside world."

-Dr. Michael Trout, APPPAH vice-president

"This is a planetary moment. One of the most cherished events in life has now been brought to the altar in the most peaceful way it can happen.. Not only is the moment of birth a deserved public event but the way in which the birth can now be a family tradition is profound."

-Jim Channon, Global Social Architect

"I showed 'Birth As We Know It' to my daughter-in-law, Danelle, who was born by c-section because she was breech. She collapsed into hysterical sobs. As she witnessed c-section in the film, she was re-visiting her own traumatic birth. After the crying was over she felt an enormous release. Six years of therapy in one hour!! Even though her own son was breech, she chose to deliver at home, unassisted. It was quite a remarkable healing for Danelle, and Elena said she has the same stories from women all over the world. This is an exquisite film!"

-Marilyn Milos, NOCIRC Founder and President

"Every young woman in the world, before she even thinks of having a child, should see Birth As We Know It. Every woman needs to know that she has a choice between fear and joy. This film is about the happiest day in a woman's life ­ the day she gives birth. It will help her to prepare for a joyous birth, instead of a possibly wretched one and avoid the pitfalls of 'modern' medicine, which fails to recognize that birth is a normal, natural process that women have been carrying out successfully since the beginning of time. This film will lead her toward experiencing the empowerment that a natural birth will give her, which is her birthright. It is unlikely that she will ever see as important a film again during her lifetime."

George C. Denniston MD, MPH, Retired Professor of Family Medicine, University of Washington

President, Population Dynamics, Seattle WA

President, Doctors Opposing Circumcision

Former Associate Medical Director,

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

 

"I spent a morning with Birth As We Know It and have already begun to spread the good news of this priceless work. My congratulations and best wishes"

-Dr. David Chamberlain, Psychologist

Author, The Mind of Your Newborn Baby

Editor, www.birthpsychology.com

"Elena Vladimorova has cracked the egg open before our eyes. Nothing can bring female valor and compassion so vividly into our awareness. Nothing can reveal more tenderness. She shows the last vestiges of our technological age for just what it is ...efficient but mildly ruthless ... its time to make the next move to a real global civilization. It is time to do that with the compassion deeply inherent in our natural ways of being. She has compiled the evidence in the most moving way. Three cheers for the director and the dancer! Truly a landmark global production."

-Jim Channon, Global Social Architect

"Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful film, I love it. I am a Doula trainer and international speaker. I showed the film at two Doula workshops recently- one in Austria and the other in the Netherlands and all loved your film."

-Debra Pascali-Bonaro -- www.orgasmicbirth.com

"I have been showing Amber and Nassim's birth in my Birthing Body & Soul class which I teach at a local pediatricians office. I have had such incredible positive feedback! I think it teaches something I have not seen anywhere else. It is such a valuable contribution to our work. The whole film is! but I get a very direct feedback on that section and it is wonderful."

-Shelley Campbell, childbirth educator

"We must pay tribute to Elena for prompting us to re-examine basic features of human nature. Her film explains why millions of women, all over the world, dream of giving birth in the sea, among dolphins."

-Dr. Michel Odent

"I was spellbound with 'Birth As We Know It'. I will watch it again and again for years to come".

Stephanie Neurohr, filmmaker and mother of 7

"I just can’t thank you enough for contributing your film to my library. It is amazing. Inspiring. Life changing!!!!!!!!!! If you are ever in the Seattle area, please let me know as I would be honored to meet you and or hear you speak. Very best wishes"

-Corey Colwell-Lipson

 "Bravo, Elena! You deserve accolades for bringing the beauty of birth, with its miraculous possibilities, to the attention of all those who have observed birth as normative abuse! Birth needs to be acknowledged as the orgasm of womanhood and honored in that light. When women are prepared, birth is an ecstatic experience, and you have documented and shown it in such a way that there can be no doubt about its potential."

-Marilyn Milos

"This film delivers a powerful transmission of what it really takes to give birth consciously."

-Tatiana Sargunas, spiritual midwife, mother of 4.

"I'm absolutely elated about my birthing experience and am forever grateful to the film "Birth As We Know It" for instilling the confidence in me to have my baby at home, rather than in the hospital as I had been planning to do. I am 42 and it is my first baby. My doctor told me I was a "high risk" category, so a c-section was due. When I heard in the film that birthing a child could be blissful rather than painful I was very surprised to hear such a thing as the idea was completely foreign to me. Watching so many beautiful women giving birth so peacefully, helped my fears to melt away. It enabled me to avoid a build up of anxiety as the due date approached and put me into a significantly relaxed frame of mind. Not only that, the notion of having my baby in the water was also completely new and totally appealing as I feel very relaxed in water.

Everything brought forward in this film was well articulated in a beautiful way that rang true for me, especially the things about how our own birth trauma affects our self-confidence during the delivery. I believe everybody, especially those planning on having a child, would benefit greatly from seeing it."

-Simone Italia age 42

"I live in Costa Rica in the Gulfo Dulce. Recently I had the pleasure of watching your new film "Birth As We Know It". I found it so inspiring! well intended and well documented. Actually, I have seen some of the raw, unedited footage of Tatiana and Igor Chaikovsky at the 3rd International Dolphin/Whale Conference in Hawaii in 1991. It was what inspired me to have a water birth! So, later we ourselves birthed our first son here, IN THE OCEAN! He was born Jan. 1 , 1993. We built a raft and moored it 1/4 km off shore and sunk the raft below the water surface so i could be sitting underwater, floating in the ocean. (Tidal changes here make it difficult to sit on the shoreline to calmly give birth as the waves would be pushing and pulling constantly.) Our birth experiences, both with our first and later our second (on land) were all that your movie is about. We were fortunate to have been able to take responsibility for birthing our sons as we wanted to...naturally, consciously and sacredly. Also my pregnancies were equally embraced as an incredibly amazing time for me when I devoted as much time and attention as I possibly could to the betterment of my health - mentally, physically and spiritually... Indulging in self awareness not only for my own benefit but for the second heart that was beating inside me!!! It was my duty. What a blessed gracious gift from God...conceiving, growing and birthing babies!!! Aahhh...then raising them is a thousand times rewarding even more than the lead up pregnancy/birthing times....."

-Amy

www.yogapavones.com

 

"I recently bought the DVD Birth As We Know It. My son has just turned a year old and I still feel that I never gave birth to him. He was simply removed from my body by c-section after a failed induction. The induction was done, basically, due to nervous midwife and doctor.

Despite having trained as a doula and planning a water birth at home, I still ended up in a hospital, not being able to hold my son until 12 hours after he was born and suffering badly from post-natal depression.

I hope to have more children and seeing this DVD has helped me find a starting place. I realize now that I have so much work to do on myself before i can consider another child. I need to find that belief in my body that has been so devastated by my past experience. This has been such a gift to me, and I am so thankful to find this information that I had to thank you for it. I live in South Africa, which I'm told has the highest c-section rate in the world (around 80% of all births). It is very hard to find support for natural childbirth - from friends and family alone, never mind health professionals! I'm considered quite crazy for even considering homebirth an option. I hope once I have worked through my own issues that I will be able to give something back, hopefully by educating women in my country about just how wonderful their bodies are and that we are designed perfectly to give birth without intervention. Your film will be instrumental in my efforts. thank you again for this wonderful gift you have given the world."

-Sarah

"I want to share with you about my amazing healing that happened at your workshop in Florida. I am 64 years old, nevertheless, I am so happy to have attended it. I didn't really want to go, but my daughter, who had been to your workshop before and who is my biggest teacher! wanted me to go with her this time. My experience was amazing! So much good came out of it. And, it was done so well! The part where we experienced to be born in Love was the most powerful! It was done with so much kindness and gentleness - it was just what I needed! The healing that I felt that weekend has had such long-lasting effects, especially with my heart. I have a pacemaker implanted because of a weakened heart condition. Two weeks after the seminar I had my six-month test following the implantation. For the past 7 1/2 years my heart's pumping efficiency had been at approximately 27, when normal is 55. The test indicates that I am now at 50! I attribute that to the healing I received during your workshop. The doctors are overwhelmed, because they say it is extremely rare that such an improvement can occur. I call it a God-given Miracle. Another powerful gift from that re-birthing experience, has been my release of my daughter. She has been also re-born in my mind and spirit to be free to live the life she chooses. I have been free now to accept that she lives so far away, in CA, and free from the overwhelming sadness from missing her presence. And finally, there was a first-time experience of being at peace with the other women. The loving, caring atmosphere was so nurturing to sooth my fears and anxieties. I've never had that in my life. The guidance from you, Elena, was so wise and focused on being unashamed and supporting one another. It too was truly a gift! I can hardly wait to go on the second level to continue the healing. Thank you!"

-Rose Mary Amantia

 

 

 


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