Our guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal, the writer/director of a diverse body of award-winning dramas and documentaries, including the feature documentary In Utero, which explores the impact of the environment on pregnancy and the next generation.
In this episode, we will cover:
- how Kathleen’s own pregnancy led her to create this documentary exploring the impact of the prenatal environment on babies.
- what she learned from interviewing dozens of experts in the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology and what it means for expecting couples
- she answers the question: “Is this movie to “dark” for of pregnant woman to see or should she wait?”
Resources mentioned in the conversation:
- to view a trailer of the documentary movie, In Utero: https://youtu.be/Rtt-62U9XYs
- the website dedicated to the film: http://www.inuterofilm.com/
- the link to her article: Pregnant? Stressed? Science Says Talk to Your Baby
About Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal:
Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii and currently lives in Los Angeles.
She is the writer/director of a diverse body of award-winning dramas and documentaries, including Beauty Mark, a social documentary exploring America’s obsession with body image, perfection and success, and Sita, a Girl from Jambu, an ethnographic drama about child sex trafficking in Nepal.
Kathleen taught at the University of Colorado-Boulder, then Vassar College, where she obtained tenure. From there, she transitioned to Hollywood, co-producing the feature film Grassroots, starring Jason Biggs, Cedric the Entertainer and Lauren Ambrose, released by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Kathleen wrote and directed the award-winning Lychee Thieves, a multicultural tale set in Hawaii, which was an Academy Award qualifying live-action short.
Her most recent film is the feature documentary In Utero, which explores the impact of the environment on pregnancy and the next generation.
Kathleen is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Thrive Global.