Midwifery and Birth Film festival- Washington DC

 In Celebration of May 5th International Midwives Day

Please join us for a Free All Day
“Midwifery and Birth Film Festival”
Saturday, May 7, 2011          from 2:00 PM until 10:00 PM
ECAC (Emergence Community Arts Collective)
733 Euclid Street NW, Washington DC 20010
Come for some; Stay for all! 


Film Schedule –  These movie times are an approximation 
2:00    Bringin In Da Spirit – Through the use of first person narrative and rare archival images, this documentary provides a moving glimpse of the African-American Grand Midwives who have skillfully brought scores of children across the threshold of existence. Narrated by Phylicia Rashad. 
3:00    It’s My Body, My Baby, My Birth – This is an educational childbirth film that tells the story of 7 mothers and their emotional journeys to natural childbirth. Through storytelling and photos, we hear the mothers’ stories. Partners express their fears and concerns, ultimately transforming as well. 
3:30    Babies – This visually stunning new movie simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from first breath to first steps. From Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo, BABIES joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.
5:00    Home Delivery – This film documents the lives of three women in New York, who are from different backgrounds and for very different reasons have decided to go up against social trends and take the birth of their children into their own hands… and homes. 
7:00    Questions and Answers and General Discussion.
7:30    All My Babies – This is a 1953 educational film  was originally produced to educate midwives in the Southern United States. It was produced by the Georgia Department of Public Health.  Mary Frances Hill Coley, an African-American woman who helped deliver over 3,000 babies in the middle part of the 20th century, is seen in this film. Miss Mary, as she was called.
8:00    Guerilla Midwife – This film follows Ibu Robin Lim into the trenches of her work. From Bali, where hemorrhage after childbirth is a leading cause of death, into the Tsunami disaster zone in Aceh, where her battle is fought with only one weapon, love. In this culturally mesmerizing, heart-wrenching documentary, you will discover why we must reinvent our protocols for pregnancy and childbirth in order to preserve our Planet’s Humanity.
9:30    The Business of Being Born – This is a personal documentary tackling the controversial debate between at-home and hospital births in the United States. It contains shocking facts (illuminating to both men and women alike), regarding the historical and current practices of the child-birthing industry. The chronicle is interwoven with footage of married couples opting for home birth.
Nurslings are welcome!    Bring your own snacks!
Sponsored By 
       MANA Midwives of Color     DC Area Supporters of ICTC 
       DC Chapter of ACNM     Birthing Hands of DC


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