This is the link to my multimedia piece, "Birthing Herself: Women, Midwives and Empowerment ".

This multimedia story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital empowerment and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.

Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future 2013 Assignments: Multimedia.

Topic Leadership


Nothing compares to the miracle of birth! This is a very beautiful slide show and touching music. Thank you for these beautiful emotions, LatiNegra!

Greetings from Ukraine, Iryna

Well done! Your message is all so clear, meaningful and very touching. I would recommend this for every woman who has experienced the miracle of birthing and all who are aspiring to birth life some day. I think too that every father and aspiring father will also relish viewing this beautiful slide show.

Thank you so much for sharing this very inspiring and empowering message!

Much love, Green Girl

Dear Ynanna,

Your piece is so lovely and moving, I weep. The quotes are exquisite, all the photos amazing and the music is perfect and beautiful. Many years ago, I chose not to have children; although I loved children, I chose not to bring more people into al already crowded world. It was not an easy choice and I have certainly had some regrets. However, in due course my nieces and nephews filled that void -- one in particular who has always been more of a daughter to me than a niece -- as did the hundreds of children I taught in acting/comedy classes. But one of my sisters always had a midwife, and I was present for the births of two of her three children, and am so glad. What an astonishing thing it all is and how miraculous, every single time. I love one of the quotes you use about a soul coming from Heaven to earth through the mother. That seems perfectly expressed, indeed. So, thank you for the power and love in this beautiful piece of work. Love, Sarah

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby

Dear Sarah, Thank you for sharing your story and feeling with me. I'm so happy I could touch you so profoundly. Thank you for being so supportive!

Love and Light, Ynanna

Ynanna Djehuty

"The moment I spoke with my midwife, the uncertainty of entering the unknown was replaced with courage.."

Ynanna, what a truly uplifting and beautiful video. You captured so powerfully the profound gifts a mid-wife gives to the mothers in freeing them to bring forth their courage, their life-giving force, their privilege as vessels for new beings, and their life-affirming energy as they bring a new life into this world.

The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and it is clear from your video that midwives and doulas perform this task with incredible dedication and love, supporting the mothers physically, spiritually, and emotionally. The quotes, music and images captured the spirit of your profession in a heartfelt and inspiring way leaving the viewer in no doubt that each birth is indeed a miracle.

Thank you Janice. Truly, I am glad you could receive the message I intended to send with my video. I am so humbled by your compliments and hope to continue to spread the message that a mother-centered birth is a reality. Thanks!

Ynanna Djehuty