New Changes with At Home in Maine!!

August 8, 2011.  As some of you may have noticed, “At Home in Maine” is undergoing some changes.  I’ve spruced up the look of the website a bit (got to love that paisley!) but more significantly, I am in the process of transitioning the “At Home in Maine” series to Video on Demand (VOD).  Soon, all the films will be available to watch via rental or purchase (as a digital download).  So far, “At Home in Winthrop”, “At Home in Waldo” and “At Home in Orland (#2)” are all viewable through VOD. In the coming weeks, more films in the “At Home in Maine” series will be available via VOD.

It is a big change and one that I took a lot of time to research and consider.  I found a great new online distribution service, “filmDIY” that is making this possible.  Education, information and inspiration are important goals of this project–and accessibility is a key value.  However, I have to make a living, too!  I’m graduating from my Master’s Program at U Maine in a few weeks!  So, far I have created 11 films for this series–mostly with out-of-pocket resources.  I want to keep doing the work I’m so passionate about and sustain the “At Home in Maine” project.  Revenue from VOD will generate resources to keep adding to this body of work–presenting more diverse representation of families choosing homebirths, midwives, locations in Maine and a variety of homebirth experiences.  The prime goal of “At Home in Maine” is to help educate women and their partners about the choice to have a homebirth–with the intention of increasing access to information about this choice.   The recent CDC report about the 20% increase in homebirth credits the “subculture of white women” as responsible for this increase.  I’d say much of this has to do with the Internet–and the vibrant online Natural Birth Movement, which is making it easier for women to share their stories and learn about their choices in childbirth.  “At Home in Maine” is part of that Movement, which aims to transform the way birth is seen and done (especially in the US).  To help “normalize” the choice to have a homebirth.

The “At Home in Maine” films make a great gift for expectant parents and an excellent educational tool for childbirth educators and doulas to present what homebirth looks like–and just as important, what normal, natural, vaginal birth looks like.  The films make an excellent addition midwives’ lending libraries.  And to midwifery and nursing schools and women/gender/cultural studies program collections, as well!  At $4/4 days for rentals and $14 per film (be in touch if you want to purchase the whole series, I offer “bundle” discounts), I’m working at maintaining a balance between accessibility and affordability.  Digital downloads can be burned to disc–or even uploaded to your own secure servers and/or video-sharing platforms (for academic/educational use only–meaning not available to the general public).

Please spread the word about this series!  I also have launched a Kickstarter campaign, as well, to generate more resources to sustain the work I’m so very passionate about!  Over the next few months, I will also be screening films from the series in various communities.  The screenings in Belfast in April and Brunswick in July were sold-out shows!  Won’t you consider please supporting my work with “At Home in Maine”–via renting/purchasing films, donating to the Kickstarter campaign, scheduling a screening–or just spreading the word about this work?

A sincere “thank you” to those that have done so already–in ways large and small!

Hope you’re having a great August!

Peas and carrots,

Nicolle

Today’s the Big Day!!

“At Home in Winthrop, Maine” premieres at the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick tonight at 6:30 pm!  Discussion with me, the family in the film and the midwives to follow!  Lots of great food at the Frontier!  Suggested donation:  $5 individuals/$10 familys.

For directions, etc. go to:  explorefrontier.com

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Premiere Screening of At Home in Winthrop

BRUNSWICK, MAINE.  It is the eve of solstice, June 2010.  Jenn and James Currier stand on a quite neighborhood street engaged in what appears to be a slow, swaying dance.  In fact, Jenn is having a contraction; labor is the rhythm she moves to. Later that evening, in the dining room of her home, she will give birth to her son Robbie in a birth tub supported by her husband, her mother, her doula and her professional midwives, Sarah Ackerly ND, CPM and Josie Skavdahl ND, CPM of Northern Sun Family Healthcare and Birth Center.

This story is presented in a new documentary film, “At Home in Winthrop, Maine” by Belfast, Maine–based filmmaker Nicolle Littrell and will have it’s premiere screening at the Frontier Café on Wednesday, July 27th from 6:30-8pm.

A discussion with Littrell, the Curriers, Ackerly and Skavdahl will follow the screening.  Admission is by suggested donation:  $5 for individuals and $10 for families.

The film is part of “At Home in Maine”, a film series and educational resource about the choice to have a homebirth and receive professional midwifery care in Maine.  To learn more about At Home in Maine visit: www.mainehomebirth.wordpress.com  

The premiere of “At Home in Winthrop” is part of a weeklong celebration of events centered on the opening of a new birth center at Northern Sun Family Healthcare, one of two freestanding birth centers in Maine and staffed by CPMs.  For info about Northern Family Sun Healthcare visit:  www.northernsunfamilyhealthcare.com

For more information about the screening and to see a trailer for “At Home in Maine” visit: www.explorefrontier.com

To visit the event Facebook page click here.

At Home in Maine Film Screening at U Maine Next Wednesday, March 16th!!

Hey Friends and Subscribers of At Home in Maine!  Please share this link with your friends/fans to help promote this event.

At Home in Maine at U Maine for Women’s History Month

Looking to drum up some major interest in this event–and with this, attention on and support for Women’s Reproductive Health Choices and Choices in Childbirth.

With the recent (and ongoing) political onslaught on Women’s Reproductive Health Choices, we need more support than ever in this area–and for Women’s Studies Programs in Higher Education.  Please share away!!!  Thank you!!  Hope to see you on the 16th!!