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Woman in the Moon Films is an independent media production company located in Belfast, Maine.  Nicolle Littrell is “the woman” in WITMF.  WITMF current focus is producing films and other media projects about women’s reproductive health, focused on social change, with an emphasis on web-based distribution.

Recent Projects:

I am a Midwife 2.0

Another round of short videos all about midwives and what they do!  Co-produced  with the Midwives Alliance of North America

Everyone Deserves a Midwife!

Promotional piece for the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM) fundraising appeal for the Birth Trust.

Midwives Alliance of North America President’s Address 2013 with Jill Breen

From the “Birthing Social Change” conference in Portland, Oregon, October 24-27

for more info, visit the Midwives Alliance

Shared Decision Making

An web-based instructional module from the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) centered on the value and practice of “shared decision making” as it applies to the Midwifery Model of Care.

At Home in Maine

A one-of-a-kind web-based film series about homebirth and midwifery care.  Watch films now!

I am a Midwife

An online video series all about midwives and what they do!  Co-produced with the Midwives Alliance of North America.

Mothers, Grandparents, Fathers:  Breastfeeding, Support, Tradition and the Penobscot Nation

A documentary film about supporting breastfeeding mothers and healthy traditions!  Click here to watch the full film.

31 thoughts on “Home

  1. I delivered my daughter at home in 1973. At the time we could find no hospitals in the area that would allow me to be with her mom. We had a midwife helping us but at the time home birth was uncommon. It didn’t take too long for hospitals to change their policies so that dads could participate in the birth of their children.

    • Thanks for sharing your story David! If you’d like to include a more in-depth account, feel free to post on the Community page, under “share your homebirth.” I think it’s really important for Dads to share their perspective on the birth experience.

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  3. Thank you for your website. I am currently planning a homebirth for my second child (due in May 2011). My first child, a 9lb 12oz son, was born naturally in a hospital… although it was not an easy task as I found myself defending against interventions throughout my labor there (and even beforehand when the pressure to induce me grew with each day that passed after my due date).

    I currently live in San Francisco but am originally from New Hampshire. Please check out my website, which is devoted to visualization and birth! http://visualizingbirth.org/

    Best wishes,
    Anna

    • Hi Anna:

      Thanks for you interest! I’ve checked out your website, too, and it seems great–lots of powerful imagery! How about we do some “cross-pollination?” I’ll add a link to your site on my website–and I’d love if you add mine to yours.

      What do you think?

      Congrats on your pregnancy–and on choosing a homebirth. Who is your midwife, btw? I know a few midwives in the San Fran area…

      Nicolle

  4. Hi Nicolle,

    Thanks for your response and I just added your site to my “Sites I Like” list on the homepage. I also plan on revamping my resources soon to include more resources outside of the Bay Area and will include you there too!

    For our next birth, our midwives are Nancy Myrick and Ami Burnham (Rites of Passage Midwifery here in SF). Leading up to the birth, I am so amazed at the amount of care and interest that our midwives have put into their meetings with us. This experience is so drastically different from what I experienced when working with the hospital model for the birth of our first child. From what I hear, the attention that we’re getting is the typical way that care works within the midwifery model. Every woman should have a midwife…even if she gives birth in a hospital!!

    Take care and sending my best wishes,
    Anna

    • Thanks Anna!

      I have added you in my “resources” section under web/birth art. I will also do a post on my News page regarding your site. I think you’ve got some really powerful and beautiful images there and I would like my subscribers/readers to know about what you’re doing! It’s amazing that these incredible images transcend the ages–and in all kinds of mediums. From ancient sculpture to paintings to mandalas to films….women need these images, these reminders that they CAN give birth–we’ve been doing it forever, afterall–and that it is something to be respected, revered even. I think your site’s message is really amazing.

      It sounds like you are well on your way to a really positive empowering birth experience with your midwives–that’s wonderful! I believe I have met Nancy at the Midwives Alliance conference–I may even have her on film! MANA is the professional/social movement organization inclusive of all midwives. If you’d like to see that film, go to: http://www.vimeo.com/3130025 I also filmed the 2009 conference in California, but haven’t done anything with that footage, yet–Nancy might be in there somewhere.

      I would love to be featured on your Resources page–maybe a new category–birth films? Or how about on your home page (I’m shameless)? My work is all about the power of the (moving) image–and positive empowering visuals of birth. It’s about presenting a picture of not only what homebirth looks like, but normal, natural, woman-centered birth. I could send you a few pix for thumbnails if you are interested in including me there. Either way, I appreciate your support!

      Wishing you a happy and pleasurable remainder of your pregnancy…

      Nicolle

  5. Thanks for your message, Nicolle, and for adding me to your site!

    I’m going to look into starting a new section for film on my blog, hopefully this weekend. I also hope to sit down soon and watch some of your films in depth. Do you by chance have any links to short clips of your videos (something in the range of 2-5 minutes)? You are right that all of these images are so empowering for women as they approach their labor and birth experiences. There was a wonderful video I saw when I was pregnant with my first son–it was a short black and white video of a woman birthing twins, one of whom was breech. Her face remained calm and serene and the babies emerged peacefully, placed immediately upon the woman’s chest after their births. I wish I could find that video but it appears to have disappeared from youtube and from the web at large.

    Anyhow, thank you for your work and I really look forward to watching more of your videos and to our future correspondence.

    Take care,
    Anna

    • At present, I don’t have any short clips or trailers of my films. But a still thumbnail pix on your site could link to the film file embedded on my site. I do have two pieces that are quite short, At Home in Auburn: http://wp.me/PYwwl-2o (6 minutes) and At Home in Orland: http://wp.me/PYwwl-3p (7 minutes).

      My two latest films are longer, but some of my best work yet. At Home in Waldo: http://wp.me/PYwwl-aX (45 minutes) and At Home in Orland #2: http://wp.me/PYwwl-cj (20 minutes).

      Let me know which film(s) you might want to include on your site and I’ll send you some stills for thumbnails. Thanks again for your interest and support.

      I would love to see that breech birth film! I would love to film a home breech birth!

      Looking forward to staying in touch…

      Nicolle

    • Greetings!

      I would be thrilled to do a screening of At Home in Maine films in Bath. Just please be in touch with me via my e-mail: wmninthemoon@gmail.com and we can discuss details. I can give you a phone # so we can be in touch that way, too.

      Had a very successful screening last night in Belfast–over 60 people on a Tuesday night!

      Looking forward to connecting up with you…

      Best,

      Nicolle Littrell Woman in the Moon Films

  6. David (see comment above) “caught” our Daughter, Laurel at our homebirth in Searsmont in 1973. As he said, hospital options were not what we wanted at the time. I feel so lucky to have been able to be at home and experience the deep bonding that happened because I was able to relax there and had unlimited access to my daughter. I was only 24 years old at the time, and did not have friends with babies. THe bonding I experienced at her birth and after was a huge resource helping me learn to be a parent.

  7. I love your story, Mia and so appreciate you and David sharing it here on this website. You’ve raised important points about the significance of mother/baby bonding and how important it is to make that space–and how well-supported that opportunity is at home. Also, how important a supported, empowered birth is for making a healthy transition into motherhood.

    Your story also demonstrates that homebirth happens–then, now and into the future.

    Thanks again for sharing!

    Nicolle

  8. Hi, Nicholle! I am Co-Director of an organization called Where’s My Midwife? based in Wilmington, NC. We would love to start featuring fellow activists’ videos on our website’s home page. Would you mind if you were our first featured filmmaker? Feel free to visit our ‘Videos’ page to see some of our work, as well.

    I had my first baby in hospital, second at home with a CPM. I LOVE midwives! Thanks for all of the work you do!

    love-n-sisterhood,
    Kirsti Kreutzer

    • Garsh…that sounds terrific Kirsti! I just heard about your your WMM? from a midwife friend of mine. Great message! I loved the “Midwives Diner” piece. Have you though about expanding your resources to include a “Find Your Midwife” database–search-able by state/city/zip code? That would a really cool way of answering the question!

      I’d love to be your first featured filmmaker. Tell me more about how you would approach this…would you need links from me to embed the video players? All my pieces are on Vimeo. That would be a fine way of going about it, but I’d also like to direct traffic to my website (which wouldn’t happen if you embed straight from Vimeo). Do you need some kind of bio or something to post along with the videos? Let me know which ones you’re interested in posting.

      Let me know what you’re thinking…glad to make a connection with you! Thanks for your interest in my work!

      Nicolle

  9. Hey, Nicolle! We were thinking of using ROAR! on the home page, along with a bio and link to your website. Just send your bio to kirsti@wheresmymidwife.org and we can make it happen this weekend! Also, we were looking into making an app with a map of all midwives. It’s in the planning stages, but I love that someone else thinks it’s a good idea ;)

    Talk soon,
    Kirsti

    • that’s a pretty political piece! and also a bit of an older film as far as my body of work goes (i created that back in 2008). have you viewed some of my more recent releases, “at home in waldo, maine” and “at home in orland, maine (#2)?” like all my films, they feature professional midwifery care. would you consider either of those–or are you really stuck on “roar?”

      i will e-mail you a short bio by saturday–you have the link to my site, but i’ll put it in there again, just in case.

      do you plan on embedding the film from my vimeo page?

      • We lovelovelove that it is political! And I was thinking of embedding the film from your vimeo page, that way if people go to vimeo, they can see all of your amazing work.

        Thanks again, soul sista!
        Kirsti

      • they’re all political, but roar is more directly so. have you looked at “at home in waldo, maine?”

        the embed is fine, as long as you highlight a link to my website near the post. that’s the web presence i’m most interested in developing right now. vimeo is just a platform for video-sharing. if viewers just go to my vimeo page, they’ll bypass my site, which i don’t want!

      • My bio…

        Nicolle Littrell is filmmaker and activist-educator. After having a transformative and empowering experience with the birth of her son at home in 2004, she knew she wanted to create a film about homebirth and professional midwifery care–to help educate others interested in this choice. Thus, “At Home in Maine” was conceived. Four years later, the project has expanded to eight (and counting) authentic, artistic portraits about the homebirth experience. The series looks at the people, practices, philosophies and politics of Maine’s homebirth culture. It’s not just for Mainers! The films have attracted a global audience that extends well beyond Maine’s borders–with viewers from other US States and countries as far-flung as Russia, Iraq and Japan. At it’s heart, the film is about holding a picture of normal, natural, woman-centered birth. Visit: http://www.mainehomebirth.wordpress.com to learn more about “At Home in Maine.”

        Can you please send me a link when the post is live?

        Thanks again for your interest! Looking forward to staying connected.

        Nicolle

        On Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 2:38 PM, Nicolle Littrell wrote:

        > they’re all political, but roar is more directly so. have you looked at > “at home in waldo, maine?” > > the embed is fine, as long as you highlight a link to my website near the > post. that’s the web presence i’m most interested in developing right now. > vimeo is just a platform for video-sharing. if viewers just go to my vimeo > page, they’ll bypass my site, which i don’t want! > >

  10. I birthed my first child (a daughter) at home with midwives in October 2010. I live in Ontario, Canada. It was the best and most empowering experience of my life. Everything about me has changed and it all started with her birth. Thank you for spreading the word about what normal, natural birth looks like.

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    • thanks so much for your interest in AHIM and positive input! i think all women who have given birth are very wise and have much to share, regardless of where they gave birth. we can all learn so much from each other…women are amazing!

      nicolle

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