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BIRTH WITH DR. R. D. LAING

New Zealand, 1977 (MIFF 1978)

Director: Sam Pillsbury

This documentary examines childbirth practices in Western Society. The commentary is by Dr. R. D. Laing, who asks: 'Why is this celebration of life so often turned into a biological and emotional disaster area?'

Laing challenges and raises questions about the immediate and long-term effects of many of the detached and routinised procedures that are often out of tune with the feelings and needs of mothers at a time of their greatest vulnerability.

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