Coming May 2017

If we hope to create a non-violent world where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred, we must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life, birth. For that is where our deepest patterns are set. From these roots grow fear and alienation or love and trust.
— Suzanne Arms

a mother's quest for a natural birth after a cesarean

 

OVERVIEW

When Thais Derich walked into the hospital on the day of her son's birth, she thought she knew all the answers. One week later, she walked out of the hospital overwhelmed with questions. Not only had she been physically and emotionally damaged, she also felt utterly disillusioned by the majority of the hospital's financial, legal, and medical protocols. For the next three years, Thais focused on recovering from that day, as well as preparing for the day she may become pregnant again. And then she did get pregnant—and her resolve to give birth the way she originally intended was put to the test.

A universal story about betrayal, trust, and listening to one's instincts, Second Chance illuminates the gaping holes in our healthcare system - particularly when it comes to giving birth - as well as provides a voice for all the mothers who have walked away from their delivery experience wondering what in the hell really happened. 

 

REVIEW BY ERICA WEISS, MD, OBSTETRICIAN/GYNECOLOGIST

I often get asked, “What is it like to delivery a baby?”  My response is always the same.  Women deliver their babies; I really just help guide them.  Second Chance is a beautiful, raw and poignant story of the role of birthing in women’s lives.  It takes us on one women’s journey yet it is so real that it is almost impossible to not take it to heart as partly our own.  It reminds us that all our relationships are at the core of bringing life into this world.  Not all women choose to become a parent; many women are unable to, and not all women view birth in the same way.  The one theme that ties us all together however is trust.  We must trust our own choices and know they are right for us.  We must trust our bodies and know that they are ready for this experience.  We must trust that our patients know what they need in the face of the moment as well as along the way.  And we must be able to trust that our providers’ recommendations are clinically sound as they guide women in the process.  I think we can get there, at least I must trust that we can.