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BORN: An hour-long audio journey exploring the postpartum experience in contemporary American life.
"Congratulations on another exceptional show. Your piece beautifully reveals the multi-dimensionality of life after giving birth, including its unanticipated intensity, considerable challenges and distinctive break from life from birth. I admire how the show seamlessly provides so much insight into the biological, psychological, social and historical context for the postpartum experience in the United States today. Undoubtedly, this broad perspective will be illuminating the those who have gone through this experience and those who have not."—Carol Sakala, PhD, MSPH
Director of Programs, Childbirth Connection
NATIONALLY DISTRIBUTED BY PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL IN SEPTEMBER 2008
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BORN and THE BIRTH TOUR 2008 are nationally sponsored by Organic Valley, Motherlove Herbal Company, gDiapers, Mothering Magazine and The Institute of Noetic Sciences
From the producers of BIRTH, Thin Air Media presents Born, a one-hour audio journey exploring how one event can change your life.
Thin Air Media’s Born is non-narrated, consisting of a multiplicity of voices woven together with sound. Throughout the piece, Born examines the current cultural context under which American babies are born. From an emotional, physical, and evolutionary perspective, Born delves into the postpartum experience in today's society.
Born observes “maternal instinct” and the hardwired physical, mental and spiritual changes of new motherhood. What are the chemical and hormonal reactions in her body? How long does the postpartum period last and do American mothers have the support they need to make this leap into a completely new life? How does her identity change as a woman, mother, partner, worker, friend and daughter? Born weaves personal stories of mothers and fathers and how they sense themselves, their babies and the world around them with expert analysis from neurologists, psychologists, therapists, obstetricians, pediatricians, midwives, evolutionary biologists and sociologists.
Born further explores the importance of pre-verbal experiences and how those impressions carry over throughout life. How much time does a baby actually need with its parent to ensure healthy and optimal development? How instrumental is a mother’s nervous system to the way in which her baby’s nervous system develops? Many people believe that a newborn simply feeds, poops and sleeps, but much more is in fact happening. How does the postpartum experience impact a baby’s blueprint for life?
Born then hears from the partner and the people surrounding the mother and baby as they transition into this new life. How does her relationship change to those around her? What support systems are necessary for families to thrive? When families enter into the postpartum period, are they prepared to handle it? And, Born pinpoints recent historical shifts that have greatly contributed to the conditions for what has become the contemporary postpartum experience.
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