I am a Midwife Because…Part II

I am a Midwife Because…Part II is the follow-up to the video of the same name released last week, featuring 7 different midwives! Learn how the experiences of being a research student, a Peace Corp volunteer, a New York City police officer, and a 7-year old child led seven American midwives into the profession of midwifery. The midwives featured in Part II represent a spectrum of educational backgrounds and provide services to women in their families in a variety of settings including clinics, homes, hospitals and birth centers. Here is a glimpse of their amazing and inspiring stories!

Part II marks the last I am a Midwife video we’ll release this season. More coming in September! Until then, please share this series with anyone you feel could benefit from learning more about midwives and the safe, supportive and satisfying care they provide.  Be sure to subscribe to I am a Midwife on Youtube!

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Co-produced with Nicolle Littrell of Woman in the Moon Films

Midwives Address Health Disparities: Video #3 from I am a Midwife

Why do more women and infants of color die in the US than their white counterparts? Six different midwives address the critical issue of health disparities in the US and describe how midwifery care improves birth outcomes for women and babies in vulnerable communities by providing safe, supportive and culturally sensitive care.

From I am a Midwife, a new online video series all about midwives and what they do.  A new video will be released weekly throughout May and June.  Subscribe to the I am a Midwife channel on Youtube.

Brought to you by the Midwives Alliance of North America and co-produced by Woman in the Moon Films.

Midwives Know Birth Matters

In Midwives Know Birth Matters twelve different midwives, practicing in all settings, speak about the importance of birth for babies, mothers and birth partners. The quality care midwives provide can make all the difference in facilitating a safe, supportive and satisfying experience. Midwives know how we are born and how a woman becomes a mother matters!

I am a Midwife is a new online video series about midwives and what they do. A new video will be released weekly throughout May and June.  Subscribe to I am a Midwife on Youtube.

From the Midwives Alliance of North America

Co-produced by Woman in the Moon Films!

Midwifery Care: What’s in it for Women?

Check out the debut video for I am a Midwife, a new online video series about midwives and what they do! From the Midwives Alliance of North America and co-produced with Nicolle Littrell of Woman in the Moon Films.

In Midwifery Care: What’s in it for Women? eight “real life” midwives describe describe the safe, satisfying and supportive care midwives in all settings provide women and their families!

A new video will be released weekly in May and June focused on topics important for women and their partners to consider when researching their birth options.

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Sneak Peek #2 for “I am a Midwife” from the Midwives Alliance

Every Woman Deserves a Midwife!

It’s spring, the flowers are blooming and so is I am a Midwife, a new online video series all about midwives and what they do, from the Midwives Alliance of North America!

Check out the new sneak peek for this exciting new public education campaign, “Every Woman Deserves a Midwife!”

Nicolle Littrell of Woman in the Moon Films is co-producing the series with MANA.

The “official” launch for the series is Saturday, May 5, International Midwives Day!

In the meantime, please subscribe to the Youtube channel and share with EVERYBODY you think can benefit from learning about the stellar care that midwives provide in all settings–home,  hospital and birth center–and to all kinds of women and their families!

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At Home in Waldo, Maine Screening at Camden Public Library, Tuesday Oct.11

CAMDEN, MAINE.  “At Home in Waldo, Maine” will screen at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 11, from 6:30-8pm.

“At Home in Waldo, Maine” presents the homebirth experience of the Weavers–Melinda, Jerry, Ravi and Gideon–a family living in midcoast Maine. The film observes Melinda’s approaching delivery in context of the Weaver’s daily activities and documents the pre-natal planning and support the family receives from their professional midwives.
The Weavers are (semi) homesteaders, home/internet-based entrepreneurs, homeschoolers–and ro…ck and rollers (their band is Odlaw and their song, “Learn to Love” is featured in this film)!

This 46-minute film is both an intimate document of their experience and an exploration into the relationship between how we live and how we birth.

“At Home in Waldo, Maine” is one of the recent releases from “At Home in Maine”, an online film series about homebirth and midwifery care: www.mainehomebirth.wordpress.com The series is the creation of Belfast-based filmmaker Nicolle Littrell of Woman in the Moon Films.

Following the film, there will be a discussion with Nicolle, the Weavers and Morningstar Midwifery, the professional midwives who assisted the family. Refreshments will also be served.

The event is free and open to the public; however, donations will be accepted to support ongoing work on the “At Home in Maine” series.

Click here to visit the event page on Facebook.

At Home in Maine Film Series About Homebirth on Mothering.com

BELFAST, MAINE.  “At Home in Maine,”  an online documentary film series about homebirth and midwifery care is currently the featured media on Mothering.com, a popular web publication about Natural Parenting and Living.

The film series presents eleven authentic, artistic and intimate portraits of the homebirth experience, representing the diversity of families who are choosing homebirth, the midwives who serve them, the different locations in Maine where homebirths are happening and a variety of homebirth experiences.

“At Home in Maine” is featured on both the Mothering.com homepage and as separate blog post.  The blog post features a trailer from one of the new releases in the series, “At Home in Morrill, Maine.”

Mothering.com has a “large and passionate” readership both in the United States and internationally, as described on the website.

“At Home in Maine” is the creation of Nicolle Littrell, a Belfast-based filmmaker, educator and activist.  The film series was inspired by Littrell’s own homebirth experience in 2004 where she gave birth to her son in a farmhouse in rural Montville, Maine, assisted by two Certified Professional Midwives.

“Given the publication’s focus on natural parenting and lifestyle choices, I’d say ‘At Home in Maine’ is right at home on Mothering.com,” says Littrell.  “When I was pregnant, I looked to Mothering magazine to learn about my choices in childbirth.  It’s really exciting to now share a film series I created–that was inspired by my own positive homebirth experience–with Mothering.com’s vibrant online community.”

Homebirth is on the increase in the United States, up by 20% between 2004-2008, states a recent report from the National Centers for Disease Control.  Littrell credits the vibrant Natural/Normal Birth Movement on the Internet as to why this increase is occurring.  “The Internet has become the prime venue for women to learn about their choices in childbirth.  Access to information is key.  Through the Internet, women are learning about birth, sharing their wisdom and resources–and creating their own web-based communities.  It’s pretty amazing.  To me, it feels like a revolution.”

The film series can be viewed through Video on Demand (VOD) for rental or digital download.

“‘At Home in Maine’ is a great resource for women and their partners to learn about homebirth, as well as seeing what normal, natural childbirth looks like, which unfortunately, most people in America do not have a picture of.  The films are also an excellent educational tool for birth professionals and schools,” says Littrell.

On Tuesday, October 11th, Littrell will screen “At Home in Waldo, Maine,” one of the recent releases from the series, at the Camden Public Library, 6:30-8pm.  Refreshments and a discussion with Littrell and the film participants will follow the film.

For more info about “At Home in Maine” visit:  mainehomebirth.wordpress.com or contact Nicolle Littrell at Woman in the Moon Films.

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