Doulas: A Documentary, explores the role of birth doulas both inside and outside of the birth room. Explaining both the logistics and the intricacies of doula care, it educates expectant parents while celebrating the process of supported birth. This movie is an ideal educational tool for childbirth educators, prenatal clinics, nursing schools, medical schools, and midwifery programs.
"Why Not Home?"
Why would doctors who attend birth in hospitals choose to have their own babies at home? What do they know about birth that others don't?
Join Jessicca Moore, filmmaker and nurse practitioner, on a compelling journey through maternity care in the United States. Told through the lens of doctors, nurses, and midwives, Why Not Home? examines the latest evidence on risks and rewards of different birth settings. The film presents a balanced and accessible view on the latest research, along with moving personal stories of medical practitioners faced with big decisions for their own growing families. Viewers are challenged to move beyond preconceived ideas, and to envision a fresh future for maternity care in America.
"Mama Sherpas: Midwives Across America"
With c-section rates dangerously over 30% in America, are midwives the solution? Executive produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, this topical documentary provides an investigative lens into how midwives work within the hospital system.
This film quietly shows the life of a home birth midwife, from prenatals, to births, to postpartums, while also examining what the birth environment looks like in states where home birth midwifery is not legal, and families are faced with fewer birth options.
"The Business of Being Born"
The Business of Being Born documents actual home births and water births. They follow Cara as she attends several births. It provides statistics about our current birthing techniques and the challenges faced by today's doctors. Many experts are interviewed and they cite a multitude of reasons for these challenges, such as the overuse of medical procedures in the interest of saving time.
"Pregnant in America"
When his wife became pregnant with their first child, Steve Buonaugurio documented the couple's experience with the American maternity system. It reveals the cabal of hospital, insurance and health organizations that puts profits before a pregnant woman's safety and health. Buonaugurio also records the couple's plans for a home birth, their ultimate defiance of the system.
Everyone loves Babies... Experience joy and happiness at its purest in this life-affirming, universal celebration of the magic and innocence of babies.
"The Milky Way"
The Milky Way is a documentary exposé about breastfeeding in the United States. It will make every viewer rethink how we treat mothers. The film will empower women to trust their body, their baby, and themselves in their unique journey.
“Although the popularly desired outcome is ‘healthy mother, healthy baby,’ I think there is room in that equation for ‘happy, non-traumatized, empowered and elated mother and baby.’”
“There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.”
—Laura Stavoe Harm
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers — strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”
—Barbara Katz Rothman
“The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you.”
Successful childbirth depends on the acceptance of the process.”
“Rain, after all is only rain; it is not bad weather. So, also, pain is only pain unless we resist it, then it becomes torment.”
“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.”
—Myla + Jon Kabat-Zinn
“When enough women realize that birth is a time of great opportunity to get in touch with their true power, and when they are willing to assume responsibility for this, we will reclaim the power of birth and help move technology where it belongs–in the service of birthing women, not their master.”
“Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life.”
“Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.”