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‘Birth’ to recount stories of labor experience
by LaTria Garnigan
October 04, 2012 04:37 PM | 2887 views | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Karen Brody’s “Birth” play will hit Atlanta Oct. 13 and offer women a sense of the birthing experience.

Brody is the founder of the Birth on Labor Day organization, which uncovers the secret lives of low-risk women in labor as they confront coercion in hospitals.

“She really has been a visionista about changing the way that birth is viewed,” said Teresa Howard, producer.

To get the stories of the play, which features eight women, Brody interviewed 100 women around the country and got their birth stories.

“She really wants women to take back their responsibility of giving birth,” said Howard.

Profits from the play will benefit the Atlanta Birth Center.

Howard, owner of the Labor of Love Doula & Child Birth Services, said in the last 25 years, women have done whatever they have been told.

The play goes from a range of stories with the women including one who starts off hiring a midwife, but then ends up with a different birthing plan and a woman who takes all of the classes and reads books and ends up with a home birth.

“This play is very powerful, there is very little set and it’s mainly the women’s stories that really are the impact here,” said Howard.

Along with the play, there will be an expo with exhibitors, snacks for the 1 p.m. performance and wine for the 7 p.m. performance. Howard added the 1 p.m. performance is family-friendly and children are encouraged, however the evening performance is more geared towards adults.

“I think it’s going to be funny … I think it’s a good date night,” said Howard. “It will get people talking — this is about starting conversation, about women realizing they have options they may not have believed that they had.”

If you go
 When: Oct. 13
 Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way, NE, Atlanta
 Cost and times: 1 p.m. matinee, $12 age 10 to adult, children are $10; 7 p.m., $15 age 10 to adult, children are $10 and lap babies are free.

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