Podcast 071: In Utero: the Movie-the Impact of the Prenatal Environment | Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal

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My 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:

  1. how Kathleen’s own pregnancy led her to create this documentary exploring the impact of the prenatal environment on babies.
  2. what she learned from interviewing dozens of experts in the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology and what it means for expecting couples
  3. she answers the question: “Is this movie to “dark” for of pregnant woman to see or should she wait?”

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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.

About the Author

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes. His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience. Dr. Jay is also the proud father of his 3 year old son, Niko who keeps him very busy (and happy) outside of the office.