Birth…a play

18 September 2008 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

Where can you hear a woman in labor chanting…my body rocks…my body ROCKS…MY BODY ROCKS!  At the play Birth, of course!  It’s just one of the memorable lines in a performance that will keep you engaged from start to finish. 

Each September for the past 3 years, BOLD (Birth On Labor Day) takes place throughout the month in cities across the country and around the globe.  The main event of BOLD is Birth, “a critically-acclaimed documentary-style play that tells the birth stories of eight women, and paints an alarming picture of how low-risk, educated women are giving birth today”.   

In each city, local volunteer organizers bring the play to their community, raising funds for an organization of their choice and raising awareness for the state of maternity care.  It’s an amazing grassroots movement, educating people about the reality of maternity care, how women’s power is being taken from them in many births today and inspiring people to work toward more empowering, mother-centered, mother-friendly maternity care.   

The latest newsletter from BOLD arrived in my inbox the other morning, and I was stuck by a passage from Earth Lande’s feedback about her experience as BOLD San Francisco’s co-organizer.  She wrote:

 “This play has the potential, no the power to dramatically change people. As an actor and a producer of the San Francisco premiere I know how much raw emotion I am holding. We all are…this is the work of this project. Be prepared to hold this space for people who have their whole world shaken to its core. The audience comes in with all its birth baggage & at the end they leave naked and vulnerable. I have a deep appreciation for feeling emotionally naked, it is a time when great change is possible…”

Having seen Birth several times myself and having felt those feelings, I definitely think she hit the nail on the head!  Change IS possible.  Women are educating themselves and are learning they don’t have to accept the status quo of physician-centered births.  But we still have a long way to go, and movements like BOLD will help us get there!

This play is so incredibly powerful and inspirational.   Get out to see it if you have the chance!  In New England, performances of Birth will take place Thursday and Friday at 7pm in Garmany Hall at the Austin Arts Center at Trinity College in Hartford, CT and in Gardiner, ME at on September 26 at 7pm & September 28 at 2pm.  Check out the BOLD website for a full listing of performances in other cities.

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