"THE MOST CINEMATIC BIRTH DOC EVER..."
- OAKLEY ANDERSON-MOORE
"Finally, a film that tells the story of labor, birth and beyond; These Are My Hours captures something essential and raw."
- CAROLINE PAUL
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE GUTSY GIRL: ESCAPADES FOR YOUR LIFE OF EPIC ADVENTURE
"While other documentaries on birth have faithfully recorded and narrated a wide range of birth stories, Kirschenbaum’s brings the viewer close to feeling the sensations of birth... This ability to access the physiology of birth through film on the level of the sensory, as opposed to just the visual, is rare."
- ANNA HENNESSEY
VISITING SCHOLAR IN PHILOSOPHY, UC BERKELEY
“As a long-time supporter of undisturbed homebirth, I was thrilled to watch Emily birth her baby in such a warm, comfortable environment. That ecstatic moment alone was worth the price of admission! These Are My Hours is going to revolutionize birth when people see that women truly are capable of giving birth under their own power.”
- LAURA SHANLEY
AUTHOR OF UNASSISTED BIRTH
"These Are My Hours is the most intimate portrayal of a woman in labor I have ever seen. The power, strength, and everyday miraculousness of birth are all captured in this new homebirth film. I recommend it for all parents-to-be as well as practitioners seeking to expand their trust in birth-giving parents."
- ANNE FRYE, CPM
AUTHOR OF HOLISTIC MIDWIFERY
"Whoever watches These Are My Hours becomes a companion, a godparent in this woman’s labor, a participant in a small yet enormous slice of life. The film contrasts the true glory of the female body and its muscular and existential potential: Emily is not just a pregnant woman; she is the primal life-giving woman who wishes to do, can do and does do. This is, simply and in all its complexity, experiencing a revelation - of a new person, who will grow up to view the female naked body naturally, with respect and curiosity, in its beauty and ugliness, the way it really is."
- LEDA GALANOU
"These are My Hours is a profoundly moving visual experience. There is no more intimate, powerful act than childbirth. This film captures one woman's birth story in beautifully nuanced, emotionally charged detail."
- CRISTINA ALGER
AUTHOR OF THE DARLINGS AND THIS WAS NOT THE PLAN
"I just finished watching it and loved it. I think there is a lot that particularly resonated with me because I am so fresh postpartum. In particular, I appreciate that Emily births with minimal commentary (and that the commentary is limited to her own), disruption, or politicization. The result is a portrayal of birth that requires patience in the absence of sensationalism and/or fear. The audience is presented with a birth that unfolds instead of becoming a glossed-over caricature."
- KIM DAU, RN, MS, CNM
DIRECTOR, UCSP NURSE-MIDWIFERY/WHNP EDUCATION PROGRAM
"I've never seen anything like These Are My Hours. Without fear or anxiety, it looks closely at birth, and the body that moves through it, to deliver something that is both emotionally righteous and visually profound. Like its protagonist, the film is unafraid of its own power."
- CARMEN WINANT
AUTHOR OF MY BIRTH
“This is birth uninterrupted, powerful, embraced. This is family birth. This is an authentic birth. A depiction of birth most of the media has no reference point for.”