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Arpen Childbirth Education Film Collection

 Collection
Identifier: ACC 2016-14

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.

Dates

  • 1970-1989

Extent

4 Linear Feet (18 reels, 4 boxes)

Creator

Physical Location

Materials stored offsite; 30 days prior notice required. Contact the Historical Audiovisuals Program for more information.

Language of Materials

Collection materials primarily in English

Access Restrictions

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

Copyright Information

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

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.

Collection Summary

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.

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.

Physical Location

Materials stored offsite; 30 days prior notice required. Contact the Historical Audiovisuals Program for more information.

Provenance

Gift, Sandy Arpen, 20161001, Accession 2016-14

General

Processed by
Gabrielle Barr
Processing Completed
2018
Encoded by
Gabrielle Barr
Title
Finding Aid to the Arpen Childbirth Education Film Collection, 1970-1989
Status
Unverified Partial Draft
Author
Gabrielle Barr
Date
2018
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latn
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English
Edition statement
1.0

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Historical Audiovisuals Collection Collecting Area

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