I stumbled upon a wonderful Canadian artist, Amanda Greavette, who does lots of paintings depicting beautiful scenes of birth. *Sigh* if I only had time or a place to paint! *sniff!*
I’m so excited, I just ordered a new book/dvd set entitled “I Watched My Brother Being Born.” I think it’ll be great to add to my list of kids books and a resource for my Sibling Doula niche.
Here is a synopsis for the book:
This book by mother and daughter team Anne and Katarina makes a great compliment to the DVD by the same title. Katarina and her five year old brother Magnus watch their baby brother being born and tell about it in this charming and fact-filled book. The book takes on the voice of Katarina but also has an introduction for parents.
“My goal with this book is to teach our children that giving birth is a natural, safe and fulfilling process. Unless the birthing mother has an illness that needs special medical attention, it need not be treated like a disease. By including our children at birth they can see that it is a normal and healthy physical event…”
Illustrative photos from Anne’s third childs actual birth at home in a birthing tub make this book a rare find.
Here is a synopsis for the dvd:
I’m really excited about this great DVD that shows home water birth with children present. This is a great tool you can use to get your child(ren) ready to experience the birth of a sibling. This 21 minute movie is about two siblings ages five and seven who are present for their brother’s home water birth. Partially told in the voice of seven year old Katarina, this is an excellent resource for expectant parents and birth professionals who are wanting to prepare children for the arrival of a new baby. A paperback book version seen above is also available which is a great accompaniment to watching the video. 21 minutes long.
We women could talk about birth for forever, but we rarely get to talk to dads about their experiences. Birth can be just as powerful an experience for partners and I would love to hear from them.