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The Healing of Birth









Invitation to Intimacy

A documentary film by

British Filmmaker

Elmer Postle


This significant new documentary takes the viewer

through the science, wisdom and heart of 

'Birth Matters'.

DVD-53 minutes

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“I enthusiastically endorse the film made by Elmer Postle on the

psychology of birth... It is recommended viewing for all parents

to be, as well as health care professionals involved with birth.”

Mr.Yehudi Gordon MB Bch FRCOG FCOG (SA), Consultant Gynaecologist

 Authorof Birth and Beyond & The Encyclopedia of Pregnancy & Birth (with Janet Balaskas)


The Healing Of Birth: Invitation To Intimacy preview

(formerly titled The Psychology of Birth)


This film explores the radical implications for each of us and society of acknowledging conscious awareness in utero, during and after birth. The research is in...it is no longer an issue of "are we aware in utero and does our experience have an effect", but simply what are we going to do with this information for the benefit of our children, ourselves and society.


Science tells us the infant is more capable than we had ever imagined. Therapeutic studies reveal adult access to memories that indicate a much more aware infant. An arrival of divine proportions, or a journey through the gates of hell; to engage in the birth process is to embrace the greatest beauty whilst risking our greatest fears.


Safety, support and connection (bonding through continuous physical and emotional contact) are the most vital of elements necessary for human development. This need begins in utero and is essential through out birth and the first foundation years of a child's life. What is the relevance of this information to adults? Our own experience informs all that we do and how we are in life and society.

With Joseph Chilton Pearce, Barbara Findeisen PhD., Sobonfu Some, Ray Castellino,  David Chamberlain PhD.,

Marti Glen PhD., Debby Takikawa and Nancy Greenfield. Narration by Binnie A. Dansby.

Co-originated and produced by Elmer Postle and Debby Takikawa. A film by British film-maker Elmer Postle


“This is an extraordinary film,....and the director’s vision is truly noteworthy”

The Journal Of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health


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Endorsements for the Film


“(The) film is tender and gentle, and the camerawork is excellent”. Sheila Kitzinger, internationally recognised author on childbirth. Recent books include : The New Pregnancy and Childbirth and  Rediscovering Birth.


“It is a great experience that should be seen by all expecting parents.” Lloyd DeMause Director of the Institute for Psychohistory. Books include 'The History of Childhood' and The Foundations of Psychohistory and The Emotional Life of Nations.


 “It is a beautiful and very useful film. I love it and it gave me insights. Also, very moving. Thank you." William Bloom  Ph.D, B.Sc, Cert. Ed.: Arguably Britain's leading teacher, author  & practitioner of the holism movement;  founding  member of “Alternatives”,  St James London.


"Any mother can tell you that her baby is an exquisitely sensitive being. This film presents us with information and research from some of the most respected psychologists and childbirth professionals. The viewer can get a feeling for the profound impact birth has on everyone's life. It also shows there are ways to heal the traumas that a difficult birth can bring, so that we don' t need to feel that we are forever stuck with what has happened to us. To me this film resonates with truth and the message that our society can benefit enormously if we can learn these lessons. It is a wonderful film.” Julie Krausz. Childbirth Education Teacher, YogaBirth and Active Birth Teacher