at home in waldo

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Runs 46 minutes

At Home in Waldo, Maine presents the homebirth experience of the Weavers–Melinda, Jerry, Ravi and Gideon–a family living in midcoast Maine.  The film observes Melinda’s approaching delivery in context of the Weaver’s daily activities and documents the pre-natal planning and support the family receives from their professional midwives.

The Weavers are (semi) homesteaders, home/internet-based entrepreneurs, homeschoolers–and rock and rollers (their band is Odlaw and their song, “Learn to Love” is featured in this film)!

This 46-minute film is both an intimate document of their experience and an exploration into the relationship between how we live and how we birth.

To learn more about the Weavers, click here.

From Ellie Daniels, CPM
of Morningstar Midwifery:
This film gives you the opportunity to witness the first labor and birth for a 42 year old mother. Her birth is long and not without some complications, which the midwives are proactive in addressing. As labor extends into the third day, you see all of the ways that midwives support a woman in the home environment, including helping to keep her fed, hydrated, rested, and coping emotionally. She walks, squats, rests, and shares her thoughts and feelings through her slow but steady progress.

Not only are long labors exhausting for the mother, but they can also affect the baby. This baby shows us he is tired by releasing some of his meconium (first bowel movement) into the amniotic fluid in the latter part of the labor. The midwives are prepared to deep suction his airways after the birth of his head but before the birth of his body so that he doesn’t inhale the meconium into his lungs. They also treat him homeopathically for this. If he had needed more assistance, he would have received some oxygen as well.

Meconium stained fluid is one of numerous more common birth complications that midwives are trained to respond to. Others for the baby include the cord being around the baby’s neck or body, the baby needing assistance with its first breath, or fluid or mucous in the airways. For the mother, they include needing assistance with the delivery of the placenta, excess bleeding, or injury to the vagina or perineum.

For the vast majority of mothers and babies, birth, whether long or short, a first baby or fourth, is both normal and uneventful. Midwives are facilitators of the process, helping to support, reassure, and safeguard the family and respond swiftly and skillfully if problems arise. In a culture where normalcy in birth is sometimes forgotten, and where older mothers or longer labors are intervened with and treated as high risk, midwives hold the space for the normal to work itself out. As always, it is the fundamental health and positive attitude of this beautiful mother and baby that determine the ultimate outcome.

9 thoughts on “at home in waldo

  1. Beautiful birth. Melinda’s calm vocalizations as the baby was born were so full of confidence and calm. Wow. This is one of the first videos I’ve seen that really show the full support of midwives throughout the process. I’m inspired!

    1. hi:

      thanks for your interest in “at home in maine.” the full-length film is available for rental for $4/4 days or purchase as a download for $14. click the “watch now” or “download” buttons under the video player to complete the transaction; you will then be able to watch the full-length version of “at home in waldo.”

      nicolle

  2. I think I’ve seen this full-version video on other websites. Could you please let me know what the website is? As I’m Korean, I’ve no way to purchase this. I’d appreciate it if you’d send me this video or let me know the website where this video is posted. Thanks in advance.

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