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Baby Catchers of the Amazon (2005)

Only available in Canada, United States

Deep in the Amazon jungle, the hospital is a long drive away and expectant mothers dread the long drive. Coming to their aid are specially trained midwives, many who have plied their craft their whole lives. The women of the villages trust these midwives, many of whom they have known their whole life, rather than trusting doctors they may have never met, in a faraway hospital. Because the Amazon basin is filled with strong superstitions the midwives’ practice involves a mix of traditional customs and catholic beliefs. This stark documentary is filled with vivid images of the Amazon, personal portraits of its people, and intimate encounters with live births.

Stephanie Pommez

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georgic, posted on May 17, 2016

In the USA midwifes of home birth are not garbed in hair coverings and surgical masks. it seems that these baby catchers are influenced by the WHO in some way? Really, What is that for? Zika might be spread? I don't think so. The rituals of the massaging and the leg crossing is a way of adjusting the hips and lower back after birth. It is similar to what a chiropractor might do in the USA..

LIfe is the same everywhere. Here few have electricity and therefore no refrigeration. No running water and sewage but birth still is the same. Babies come out with cords wrapped around their necks or not. Some more blood then others, but... They come out..

CicaS, posted on May 16, 2016

Hi Fellows from Gaia spiritual movies.
I just became a member to be able to watch "Baby Catchers of the Amazon" and Death Makes Life Possible (2013) and have been round and round this site just to lear that the first movie is only available in US and Canada.
I am Brazilian and live in AU

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lynn19, posted on May 15, 2016

Such beautiful, content people. One might wonder if they are as isolated and happy now eleven years later. May The Magdalen always be prominent in their future.

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on May 16, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write! We appreciate your review of the documentary.


LINDAB8, posted on August 3, 2014

A remarkable film. Fascinating - so very different than our lives in the U.S.

Peaceandlove, posted on December 27, 2013

This is a beautiful film. I retired after being a midwife in Texas after 17 years. I imagined birth and midwifery to be like it is demonstrated by these women. The reality of birth here is complicated by women being divorced from their bodies and their strong birthing spirits. Legal factors and generous fear mongoring sometimes make complications and fears of complications over-shadow the natural rhythm of birth. I found beautiful peace from seeing these women with eyes in their hands and their spirits united with the families.

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