Recommended Books and Videos

Recommended Books

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, Bantam Dell, 2003.

Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic and Birth

Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally, Revised Edition.

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer, Perigee Books, 1999.

Gentle Birth Choices

Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year: A Guide to Health and Comfort Before and After Your Baby Is Born

Birth Reborn

Sit Up and Take Notice! Positioning Yourself for a Better Birth. by Scott, Pauline - Great Scott Publications, 2003.

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth (Sears Parenting Library)

The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth, Second Edition

The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia

Recommended Videos

A Breech Birth and Shoulder Dystocia. The video shows two separate 10-minute segments of different births. The first birth shows a frank breech delivery, and during the second birth, the unexpected complication of shoulder dystocia occurs, while the mother is pushing lying on her back, semi-reclined. With the correct and effective intervention of rolling mom over to hands and knees, the 10lb. 8oz. baby is quickly dislodged and delivers. Mom had no episiotomy or tear. Video Farm, Summertown, Tennessee.

Birth in the Squatting Position. Women birthing upright in privacy, with powerful images. We are left wondering, "How have we strayed so far away from what birth once was?" 10 minutes. Purchasable through Birth Works®, Inc. @ (888) 862-4784

Gentle Birth Choices This documentary demonstrates the ability of women in childbirth, dispels commonly held beliefs, and speaks to the importance of women taking charge and making choices regarding their birth. VisionQuest Video, Venice, CA. (310)577-8581.

The Timeless Way: A History of Birth from Ancient to Modern Times. Vintage film footage and recent video combined depicting the history of birth from ancient to modern times, with emphasis on the history of upright birthing positions. This video promotes introspection and inspiration for mothers considering birthing choices available today. 20 minutes. 1998. InJoy Videos, Boulder, CO. 1-800-326-2082.

 (series of 5 episodes)





Newborn Birth Injuries: The Untold Story is a life-changing documentary on the cause and prevention of brachial plexus birth injuries that aired on PBS stations nationally, and was viewed by millions of people. PBS used the 5-minute Spotlight On short as filler in between programming times. While currently no longer airing on PBS, you can view it by clicking here.

UBPN was also fortunate to be able to produce a more detailed 25-minute version of the documentary, to help generate greater awareness and educate the general public with actionable specifics regarding the cause and prevention of brachial plexus birth injuries.

WATCH AND SHARE! Help us spread the word, share this video, and save future babies and their families from unnecessary suffering! 


 You can also purchase the DVD of the full 25-minute documentary by clicking here, and will help continue UBPN's efforts towards awareness and prevention of this injury.


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