Play Tells Stories Of Childbirth

Nov 7, 2013

A play being produced in Burlington brings theatergoers face-to-face with issues surrounding childbirth.

Birth” is based on nearly 100 interviews that playwright Karen Brody conducted with mothers across America.

She distilled those interviews to tell the stories of eight women and their birth experiences.

Director Trisha Denton says childbirth is often a "taboo" subject for conversation, and many women are left in the dark about what the experience is like.

She believes that the process has become "medicalized",  and that women need to know there are alternative birthing experiences.

"Birth" is being presented at Burlington's Main Street Landing Theater November 8 and 9.

VPR's Neal Charnoff talks with Denton about the play.