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!

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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Midwives Alliance on Facebook

Midwives Alliance website

Thanks for your support!

at home in lisbon falls, maine

a few pix from the gorgeous homebirth i filmed a week ago.  happy 1 week bday max!  born peacefully in the water…surrounded by love…supported by professional midwives…the gold standard of care.  at home in lisbon falls, maine!  stay tuned for the film later this year…

moments after birth


The Interviewer Gets Interviewed: Bill Anderson of the Camden Post Speaks with Nicolle Littrell about Homebirth and Normal Birth

Check out this interview by video documentarian Bill Anderson where I speak about all things homebirthy.  Not being one to not have anything to say…grab a cup of tea and settle in ’cause it runs about 45 minutes!

Celebrate Midwives and Birth Film Festival TOMORROW at the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick!

Calling all birth-anistas and the like!  And early birds…films start screening at 9:15am!  Luckily there will be good coffee and delicious snacks on hand from the Frontier Cafe’ to make all the more worthwhile!

See you in the a.m.!

“At Home in Maine” Opens “Celebrate Midwives and Birth” Film Festival at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick, Saturday, November 19th!

Brunkswick, Maine.  “At Home in Northeast Harbor, Maine” and “At Home in Maine, Part III” will kick-off the film festival “Celebrate Midwives and Birth” at the Frontier Cafe’ in Brunswick, Maine, Saturday, November 19th.  The screenings begin bright and early at 9:15a.m.  And you can get that morning cup o’ joe and a breakfast treat right there at the Frontier Cafe’!

The film festival is co-sponsored by an impressive list of Maine-based birth/midwifery organizations including Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton (one of 10 accredited direct-entry midwifery programs in the US) BirthRoots in Portland, Red Tent Midwifery, Open Circle Midwifery in Portland and Northern Sun Family Healthcare and Birth Center in Topsham.  Normal birth and midwifery care are alive and well in Maine!!

The list of other films being shown includes the popular “The Business of Being Born,” “Home Delivery,” and Christie Turlington Burns’s new film about the maternal mortality crisis, “No Woman, No Cry.”  There will also be a “Moms and Midwives” panel discussion about normal birth, choices in childbirth and midwifery care.

For more info, visit the “Celebrate Midwives and Birth” blog or go to the Facebook event page!

Major pat on the back to Tiffany Carter, a midwifery student at Birthwise who has organized this exciting event!  Good work Tiffany!!

Hope to see you there!

At Home in Maine, Part 3 Available via Video on Demand

“At Home in Maine, Part 3” is the third in a series of films that looks at a 2008 campaign to license Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) in Maine.  I produced this film in 2009.  The film highlights “other views” on licensure, including opponents of the bill, namely the Maine Medical Association (MMA) and also diverse perspectives from members of Maine’s professional homebirth midwifery community.

The narrative features another homebirth story, the first homebirth of Valerie and Todd, a couple who live in Orland, Maine.  Their second homebirth (with their third child) is featured in “At home in Orland #2.”  Their first homebirth is also featured in the film short “At Home in Orland.”

As “At Home in Maine, Part 3” details, though the bill for licensure was not passed, unprecedented legislation legalizing CPM’s use of a short list of meds at birth was signed into law.  The film offers a unique look into the complex dynamics surrounding the licensure process and underscores the safety of homebirth, the professionalism and training of CPMs–and the importance of these practitioners having legal access to anti-hemorrhagics, such as pitocin and methergine (the new bill did not grant access to the latter) and other meds at births.

This film is available for rental ($4/14) or purchase as a digital download ($14) and runs 45 minutes.  Click here to go to the film page.

On November 19, “At Home in Maine, Part 3” will screen at the Frontier Cafe’ in Brunswick, as part of the film festival “Celebrate Midwives and Birth: A View Across Cultures”, sponsored by Birthwise Midwifery School, based out of Bridgton, Maine.  Birthwise is one of 10 or so accredited institution-based direct-entry midwifery programs in the United States.  “At Home in Northeast Harbor, Maine” and several other popular films such as “The Business of Being Born”, “No Woman, No Cry” and “Home Delivery” will be also be screened as part of the program.

Stay tuned for more details!

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.

The Countdown Begins!

Only 5 days left to meet the funding goal with the At Home in Maine Kickstarter campaign!  There has been a strong influx of support over the past 2 days and I’m feeling jazzed!  In fact, they’ve been the most abundant 2 days in the entire run!  Thanks so much to all who have supported this project!

Can the goal of $8,000 and change be met in the next 5 days?  I’m feeling like it’s possible!

If you have been considering pledging to this campaign won’t you please do so today?  And please please spread the word to anyone and everyone you think might have an interest in supporting this project–it’s about homebirth, it’s about midwives…about choices in childbirth, about access to information about those choices.  It’s about women and their families…and normal, natural birth!

Let’s harness the power of our networks on the Internet and bring this baby home (to use a phrase)!

Let let countdown begin!  5, 4, 3, 2….