at home in northeast harbor

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runs 36 minutes

It’s the January full moon in Northeast Harbor, a beautiful coastal town in downeast Maine.  Though it’s zero degrees outside, warmth and laughter radiate from the bedroom where Tammy is laboring.  Tammy and her husband Tim are surrounded by family, friends and their professional midwives as she prepares to give birth to their third child at home.

This is their second homebirth experience for this couple.  Each time they were attended by Julie Havener and Chris Yentes of First Light Community Midwives.

The birth is juxtaposed with scenes from a lively pre-natal visit, as well as personal interviews.  In these candid discussions, Tammy and Tim address important issues surrounding birth, including fear, personal and cultural expectations around birth, allowing others to help and how homebirth can be healing.

This film shows how quality midwifery care and support–and a woman’s intuition about and relationship to her own body–can make all the difference in her birthing experience.  And the importance of family, laughter and surrender.

At Home in Northeast Harbor, Maine shows the intimate nature of this important family event, the challenges and joys of homebirth.

4 thoughts on “at home in northeast harbor

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful gift of child home birth. I learned alot about my own feelings and concerns while watching this video.
    Blessings to you and your family!

    1. You are most welcome, rhonda. I’m thankful to Tammy and Tim, the parents who graciously allowed me to step into their world and film their son Oakley’s birth. It’s incredible to think that he will be 1 in just a few weeks! Time flies when you’re having babies (and putting together birth films!)….

      Do you feel comfortable articulating the feelings and concerns the film raised?

      Glad you found this site–thanks for sharing.

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