CHOICE: A Birth and Baby Film Festival 2013

| March 21, 2013 | 1 Comment


“You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.”  – B.J. Palmer

In 2012 a group of Ottawa moms and childbirth advocates organized CHOICE: A Birth and Baby Film Festival.  Over 10 months, 11 films were screened, each followed by a community panel discussion.

I had the pleasure of working with this great group of women and participated in organizing the events and moderating the panel discussions.   The festival was truly the testament to what a small group of committed people are capable of.

I have been studying birth since 1999 and have been educating women since 2001. Despite all the books I have read, videos I’ve watched, births I have attended and courses I’ve completed, having the dialogue with local mothers and birth professionals after each of these films, has expanded my depth of understanding women and the deep impact of birth 100 fold.

The film festival helped women desperate to find a supportive provider get the care they needed, it created community, it allowed healing for those traumatized through abuse in the system, and sparked a movement in Ottawa to protect women’s rights in childbirth.

As a result of the great success of the CHOICE film festival we are screening 5 more films this year.

Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7pm kicks off the 2013 festival with the Australian film, The Face of Birth.  Although the film is based in Australia, we face the same issues in birth right here in Ottawa.

There is also a preshow presentation starting at 6pm on Restorative Exercises for birthing and postpartum women.

All screening take place at St. Paul University, 223 Main Street.

Do plan to stay for the panel discussion, it’s the best part.

You can watch the film trailer here: httpv://

I also invite you to share this with anyone you think may be interested in understanding more about choices in childbirth.

Discounted advance tickets and film festival passports are available at:  All proceeds will be donated to local birth and breastfeeding groups. 

What did you take away from the 2012 CHOICE film festival?

“When there were great interactions between the panel and public, something powerful happened to all of us. The discussions that were more intimate and included personal experiences of the public as well as the panel members were by far the best.”

“The knowledge I got from watching most of the films. People I meet and got to know from the community.”

“The sense of community, and coming into contact with a vibrant birth-activist community. The honest, and thoughtful panel discussions, that speak to the heart of what it means to birth in our culture.”

“My midwife agreed to take me on as a client at the labouring under an illusion panel.”

“The diversity of experiences and the passion for birth in Ottawa.”

“I had only attended the one film, but I enjoyed hearing from the nurse who had worked in Labour and Delivery.”

“Freedom For Birth was the most memorable for me because it really hit home to me that we as women don’t even recognize that our rights are breached. And this is where the problem begins.”

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  1. Fan R says:

    It is great to have such a supportive communities, and discuss baby related topics.

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