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Finding Aid to the Arpen Childbirth Education Film Collection, 1970-1989

Historical Audiovisual Program History of Medicine Division
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Summary Information
Title: Arpen Childbirth Education Film Collection
Creator: Arpen, Sandra
Dates: 1970-1989
Extent: 4 linear feet (18 reels, 4 boxes)
Abstract:
UNPROCESSED COLLECTION. Contents are 16mm film titles produced by foundations, academic institutions, and private sector entities to educate expectant parents about pregnancy, childbirth, and infant care.

Call number: ACC 2016-14
Language: Collection materials primarily in English
Location: History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Access Restrictions:

Unprocessed collection. Access requires production of viewing copies; 30 days prior notice required. Contact the Historical Audiovisuals Program for more information.

Copyright:

These items may be under copyright protection. Please ask copyright owner for permission before publishing. Contact the Reference Staff for details regarding rights.

Preferred Citation:

Arpen, Sandra. Arpen Childbirth Education Film Collection. 1970-1989. Located in: Historical Audiovisuals Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; ACC 2016-14.

Provenance:

Gift, Sandy Arpen, 20161001, Accession 2016-14


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National Library of Medicine

Finding Aid to the Arpen Childbirth Education Film Collection, 1970-1989

Historical Audiovisual Program History of Medicine Division
Processed by Gabrielle Barr
Processing Completed 2018
Encoded by Gabrielle Barr

Descriptive Summary

Arpen, SandraArpen Childbirth Education Film Collection Dates: 1970-19894 linear feet (18 reels, 4 boxes)ACC 2016-14History of Medicine Division. National Library of MedicineCollection materials primarily in EnglishAbstract:UNPROCESSED COLLECTION. Contents are 16mm film titles produced by foundations, academic institutions, and private sector entities to educate expectant parents about pregnancy, childbirth, and infant care.Provenance:

Gift, Sandy Arpen, 20161001, Accession 2016-14

Access Restrictions:

Unprocessed collection. Access requires production of viewing copies; 30 days prior notice required. Contact the Historical Audiovisuals Program for more information.

Copyright:

These items may be under copyright protection. Please ask copyright owner for permission before publishing. Contact the Reference Staff for details regarding rights.

Preferred Citation:

Arpen, Sandra. Arpen Childbirth Education Film Collection. 1970-1989. Located in: Historical Audiovisuals Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; ACC 2016-14.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sandra Arpen worked for 26 years as an educator, trainer, and Associate Director of the Childbirth Education Association (CEA) of Jacksonville, Florida. These films were shown in CEA's childbirth education classes from 1970 through the early 1990s. The organization was folded into the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition in 2004. Ms. Arpen took possession of the films to prevent their discard.


Contents are 16mm films of varying length with color and sound, focusing on childbirth education and produced by entities such as Centre Productions, Inc., Courter Films and Associates, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and the Department of Medical Communications at Temple University Health Science Center. Topics addressed include natural childbirth, nutrition, alcohol and tobacco use, breastfeeding, and ceasarean section. Many of the titles illustrate how to maintain a healthy pregnancy through diet and exercise and discuss common complications women face during pregnancy. Some titles focus on the delivery-room experience, or aspects of life once a baby is born, including post-partum depression. The perspective and experience of both mother and father are considered.

Index Terms

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    MeSH Subjects

    • Breast Feeding
    • Labor, Obstetric
    • Obstetric Surgical Procedures
    • Obstetrics
    • Parturition
    • Pregnancy
    • Pregnancy Complications
    • Pregnancy Maintenance
    Genre Terms

    • Documentaries and Factual Films

    Series Descriptions

    Films 1 Childbirth for the Joy of It, 197016 mm Answer Print. Length: 700'. Color, sound.
    Produced by J. Hathaway Production Services and Cinema Medica.

    The film depicts five couples as they participate in shared natural childbirth. Film emphasizes the delivery experience from the perspective of the parents.

    1 Nutrition in Pregnancy, 197416 mm Answer Print. Length: 860'. Color, sound.
    Produced by Pennsylvania State University's Division of Biological Health, the College of Human Development, and Division of Instructional Services. Written by Carole L. Christopher.

    This film is part of an accredited series on introductory principles of nutrition. It examines nutrition as a key factor affecting fetal health and outcomes in pregnancy. Subjects include physiological adjustments, pregnancy during adolescence, physiological and psychological aspects of lactation, interviews with nutrition experts, stages of fetal growth, and nutrient needs.

    1 Great Expectations, 197516 mm Answer Print. Length: 800'. Color, sound.
    Produced by National Foundation/March of Dimes

    This film discusses recommended foods to eat during pregnancy, especially to manage conditions such as heartburn or morning sickness. Women are shown in labor, and the film concludes by talking about the advantages of breastfeeding.

    1 Lynn and Smitty, 197216 mm Answer Print. Length: 750'. Color, sound.
    Produced by Temple University Health Sciences Center.

    The film shows a woman named Lynn during natural childbirth, being coached by her husband during labor and the delivery of their daughter, Erika.

    1 The Bonding Birth Experience, 197716 mm Answer Print. Length: 800'. Color, sound.
    Published by Parenting Pictures. Written by Courter Films and Associates.

    This film examines natural childbirth and parent-child relations.

    1 The Breastfeeding Experience, 197816 mm Answer Print. Length: 800'. Color, sound.
    Produced by Parenting Pictures.

    This film provides practical information about the breastfeeding experience, chronicling a breastfeeding mother and child from birth through weaning.

    2 Caring and Coping: The New Parent Experience, 198016 mm Answer Print. Length: 950'. Color, sound.
    Produced by Courtier Films and Associates.

    This film features six families describing their experiences with newly arrived infants.

    2 Nicholas and the Baby, 198016 mm Answer Print. Length: 880'. Color, sound.
    Produced by Centre Productions

    This film looks at pregnancy and birth through the eyes of Nicholas, who becomes a big brother to a sister.

    2 Saturday's Children, 198116 mm Answer Print. Length: 1290'. Color, sound.
    Produced by Parenting Pictures

    This film documents four consecutive births on Saturday, June 12, in a Florida hospital. The labors and births that occurred within a 20-hour period were only edited for length and clarity.

    2 2 AM Feeding, 198216 mm Answer Print. Length: 750'. Color, sound.
    Produced by New Day Films. Written and directed by Kristine Samuelson.

    This film documents the challenges of first-time parents. It covers topics such as breastfeeding, physical recovery from birth, infant fussiness, sexuality, marital disagreements, the role of fathers, and single parenthood.

    2 Caesarean Childbirth, 198316 mm Answer Print. Length: 1200'. Color, sound.
    Produced by Professional Research, Inc.

    The film documents the experience of two couples having a caesarean birth. Their stories are told through graphic footage, medical art, and animation.

    3 The Sensational Baby. Part One: From Beginning to Birth, 198416 mm Answer Print. Length: 830'. Color, sound.
    Produced by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Nurses' Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Polymorph Films, Inc. Written and directed by Alexandra Dane Dor-Ner.

    Part 1 of this film examines the sensory possibilities in a fetus and newborn, especially how a newborn's behavior can be influenced by sense perception and prenatal care received by the mother.

    3 The Sensational Baby. Part Two: From Birth On, 198416 mm Answer Print. Length: 830'. Color, sound.
    Produced by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Nurses' Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Polymorph Films, Inc. Written and directed by Alexandra Dane Dor-Ner.

    Part 2 discusses means of parental stimulation, interaction, and responsiveness to the infant's developing senses, as well as the importance of reciprocity and care in newborn development.

    3 Journey to Birth, 198016 mm Answer Print. Length: 750'. Color, sound.
    Produced by March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

    The film shows and discusses fetal development relating to maternal alcohol and tobacco use as well as nutrition.

    3 It's Up to Me, 198516 mm Answer Print. Length: 600'. Color, sound.
    Produced by Frank Vitale, the Public Health Education Representative of the March of Dimes. Written by Barbara Hard.

    This film emphasizes that the health of babies depends on the well-being of their mothers. It features one mother who drank alcohol throughout her pregnancies and caused harm to her children, and a teenage girl who is taking responsibility for her own health in hopes it will have a positive impact on her infant.

    4 Together, with Love, 198516 mm Answer Print. Length: 1150'. Color, sound.
    Produced by Centre Films.

    The film follows a couple during the last two months of pregnancy as the couple prepares for a natural childbirth. Both natural and caesarean births are shown.

    4 Labors of Love, 198416 mm Answer Print. Length: 1000'. Color, sound.
    Produced by Polymorph Films, Inc. Written by Lisa A. McElaney.

    This documentary depicts the birth experiences of four couples. It shows the stages of labor as well as a variety of labor and delivery techniques.

    4 New Cases? Caesarean, 198916 mm Answer Print. Length: 900'. Color. sound.
    Produced by Parenting Pictures.

    The film shows parents who unexpectedly must deliver their children via caesarean section, a group session where caesarean births are discussed, and Dr. Richard A. Stewart who talks about the risks of having a caesarean section as well as noting the different ways anesthesia can be administered to the mother before her surgery.


    Collection Scope and Content Note

    Contents are 16mm films of varying length with color and sound, focusing on childbirth education and produced by entities such as Centre Productions, Inc., Courter Films and Associates, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and the Department of Medical Communications at Temple University Health Science Center. Topics addressed include natural childbirth, nutrition, alcohol and tobacco use, breastfeeding, and ceasarean section. Many of the titles illustrate how to maintain a healthy pregnancy through diet and exercise and discuss common complications women face during pregnancy. Some titles focus on the delivery-room experience, or aspects of life once a baby is born, including post-partum depression. The perspective and experience of both mother and father are considered.

    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Films [series]:
    1
    Childbirth for the Joy of It, 1970
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 700'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by J. Hathaway Production Services and Cinema Medica.

    The film depicts five couples as they participate in shared natural childbirth. Film emphasizes the delivery experience from the perspective of the parents.

    1
    Nutrition in Pregnancy, 1974
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 860'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by Pennsylvania State University's Division of Biological Health, the College of Human Development, and Division of Instructional Services. Written by Carole L. Christopher.

    This film is part of an accredited series on introductory principles of nutrition. It examines nutrition as a key factor affecting fetal health and outcomes in pregnancy. Subjects include physiological adjustments, pregnancy during adolescence, physiological and psychological aspects of lactation, interviews with nutrition experts, stages of fetal growth, and nutrient needs.

    1
    Great Expectations, 1975
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 800'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by National Foundation/March of Dimes

    This film discusses recommended foods to eat during pregnancy, especially to manage conditions such as heartburn or morning sickness. Women are shown in labor, and the film concludes by talking about the advantages of breastfeeding.

    1
    Lynn and Smitty, 1972
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 750'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by Temple University Health Sciences Center.

    The film shows a woman named Lynn during natural childbirth, being coached by her husband during labor and the delivery of their daughter, Erika.

    1
    The Bonding Birth Experience, 1977
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 800'. Color, sound.]

    Published by Parenting Pictures. Written by Courter Films and Associates.

    This film examines natural childbirth and parent-child relations.

    1
    The Breastfeeding Experience, 1978
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 800'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by Parenting Pictures.

    This film provides practical information about the breastfeeding experience, chronicling a breastfeeding mother and child from birth through weaning.

    2
    Caring and Coping: The New Parent Experience, 1980
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 950'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by Courtier Films and Associates.

    This film features six families describing their experiences with newly arrived infants.

    2
    Nicholas and the Baby, 1980
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 880'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by Centre Productions

    This film looks at pregnancy and birth through the eyes of Nicholas, who becomes a big brother to a sister.

    2
    Saturday's Children, 1981
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 1290'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by Parenting Pictures

    This film documents four consecutive births on Saturday, June 12, in a Florida hospital. The labors and births that occurred within a 20-hour period were only edited for length and clarity.

    2
    2 AM Feeding, 1982
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 750'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by New Day Films. Written and directed by Kristine Samuelson.

    This film documents the challenges of first-time parents. It covers topics such as breastfeeding, physical recovery from birth, infant fussiness, sexuality, marital disagreements, the role of fathers, and single parenthood.

    2
    Caesarean Childbirth, 1983
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 1200'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by Professional Research, Inc.

    The film documents the experience of two couples having a caesarean birth. Their stories are told through graphic footage, medical art, and animation.

    3
    The Sensational Baby. Part One: From Beginning to Birth, 1984
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 830'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Nurses' Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Polymorph Films, Inc. Written and directed by Alexandra Dane Dor-Ner.

    Part 1 of this film examines the sensory possibilities in a fetus and newborn, especially how a newborn's behavior can be influenced by sense perception and prenatal care received by the mother.

    3
    The Sensational Baby. Part Two: From Birth On, 1984
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 830'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Nurses' Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Polymorph Films, Inc. Written and directed by Alexandra Dane Dor-Ner.

    Part 2 discusses means of parental stimulation, interaction, and responsiveness to the infant's developing senses, as well as the importance of reciprocity and care in newborn development.

    3
    Journey to Birth, 1980
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 750'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

    The film shows and discusses fetal development relating to maternal alcohol and tobacco use as well as nutrition.

    3
    It's Up to Me, 1985
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 600'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by Frank Vitale, the Public Health Education Representative of the March of Dimes. Written by Barbara Hard.

    This film emphasizes that the health of babies depends on the well-being of their mothers. It features one mother who drank alcohol throughout her pregnancies and caused harm to her children, and a teenage girl who is taking responsibility for her own health in hopes it will have a positive impact on her infant.

    4
    Together, with Love, 1985
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 1150'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by Centre Films.

    The film follows a couple during the last two months of pregnancy as the couple prepares for a natural childbirth. Both natural and caesarean births are shown.

    4
    Labors of Love, 1984
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 1000'. Color, sound.]

    Produced by Polymorph Films, Inc. Written by Lisa A. McElaney.

    This documentary depicts the birth experiences of four couples. It shows the stages of labor as well as a variety of labor and delivery techniques.

    4
    New Cases? Caesarean, 1989
    [16 mm Answer Print. Length: 900'. Color. sound.]

    Produced by Parenting Pictures.

    The film shows parents who unexpectedly must deliver their children via caesarean section, a group session where caesarean births are discussed, and Dr. Richard A. Stewart who talks about the risks of having a caesarean section as well as noting the different ways anesthesia can be administered to the mother before her surgery.