This is the second of three documentaries made about Shelly West (Michelle Belesarius) who was crippled as a child by rheumatoid arthritis and blind from age 19. Against all odds — and medical advice — Shelly is pregnant; but she is all determination as doctors work through how her “tiny, twisted, little frame” will cope with the demands of pregnancy. An audience of 600,000 watched this doco with its compelling scenes as the cameras kept rolling while Shelly nearly died during childbirth, and her newborn daughter was whisked away to intensive care.
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Television, 1993 (Full Length)
The first doco about Shelly West
Television, 2000 (Full Length)
What Shelly, Dion and Michela did next
Television, 1977 (Full Length)
Award winning doco about childbirth
Film, 1997 (Trailer and Excerpts)
Feature film built around a real life pregnancy
Television, 1990 (Full Length)
Miles and Shelly’s earlier life in a care facility
Television, 1998 (Full Length)
A doco on a famous NZ birth
Childbirth in New Zealand