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Starstruck Dork – Updates and Resources from the Our Bodies, Our Babies Event

December 14, 2008

Dear readers, yesterday I attended this previously mentioned “Our Bodies, Our Babies” event at Vanderbilt, and found that, when confronted with OBOS’s Executive Director Judy Norsigian, I became an inarticulate dork. Seriously, I think I was some kind of starstruck. 🙂

In any case, the event was great, with Judy and others presenting and a ton of interesting women on hand in the audience to discuss birth, parenting, and issues of choice and rights and activism.

Some media that came up in the course of the day, which I’ll mention but haven’t necessarily read/watched/listened to as yet:

  • The UNICEF breast crawl video, which never ceases to amaze me. Watch a just born infant initiate breastfeeding.
  • Birth, a radio documentary from Thin Air Media (listen online as American women share their perceptions of birth)
  • Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga, a book by Carol Leonard. Photos on the publisher home page are NSFW. 🙂
  • It’s My Body, My Baby, My Birth, a video featuring the birth choices and stories of several women (primarily focused on and advocating home and unmedicated birth)
  • Absolutely Safe, a film on silicone breast implant safety
  • Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a film about Liberian women, Christian and Muslim alike, who prayed for peace and staged silent protest
  • Teen Voices, which is not just a mentoring and leadership program for Boston-area girls, but also a magazine produced by these teen girls with the tagline “Because you’re more than just a pretty face.”
6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2008 4:56 pm

    We watched the breast crawl video in my Hypnobirthing class and it was pretty amazing. The baby actually does it.

  2. December 15, 2008 1:01 pm

    Howdy! hey..thanks for mentioning my book (Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart, A Midwife’s Saga) ..but what does NSFW mean? ..or am I being the true dork here??

  3. December 15, 2008 1:22 pm

    Thanks for commenting, Carol. “NSFW” stands for “not safe for work” – meaning you might be careful about clicking if you have an uptight manager over your shoulder. Of course, it’s relative, because if you work delivering babies you wouldn’t think twice about the pics! 🙂

  4. December 15, 2008 1:47 pm

    OH! phew! I thought it might stand for “Naked Sassy Fecund Women” or something schmarmy like that. Thanks for the upgrade! xoxo Carol

  5. December 15, 2008 6:23 pm

    Hi Rachel…also, do you think you could include a link to my blog @ Bad Beaver Publishing (Blog of the Ever Elusive Bad Beaver)on your Blogroll? that would be terrific! Thanks! CL

  6. December 16, 2008 10:17 am

    Thank you Rachel for mentioning “Absolutely Safe”. Our company, Alive Mind is the distributor for the DVD which will be available for sale on our site We have partnered with Our Bodies, Ourselves to offer 15% off the purchase of the film, additionally partial proceeds from purchases will be donated to the organization. Please feel free to contact us for more information on this offer. All best, Misha Turner.

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