The Business of Being Born



Friday April 20, 2012
7:00 pm
Saint Paul University, Ottawa





Manel Discussion and Talk Back to follow the film.

Meet the manelists:

  • Kenneth C. Johnson, PhD is a research scientist/senior epidemiologist with 25 years of the experience whose recent work has focused on breast cancer risk related to active and passive smoking.  His perinatal work over the last two decades includes: research on the limitations of randomized controlled trials in perinatal research, consulting epidemiologist to the MANA Statistics and Research Committee 1991-2004, co-principal investigator on the CPM2000 study of 5,418 planned homebirths published in the British Medical Journal in 2005 and more recently research on vaginal breech birth.  He holds adjunct professorships in epidemiology at the University of Ottawa and Queens University.
  • Stephen Lenser is a high tech professional in the area of e-learning course development, and dad to an eight year old boy and an almost-six year old girl. Stephen has had the experience of supporting a partner through the polar opposites of birth scenarios:  he and his partner had a textbook-perfect homebirth with a midwife when their first baby was born.  Although they were planning another homebirth for their second child, that baby was breech, and they were forced into the hospital for a surgical birth which resulted in both short- and long-term trauma symptoms for his partner. He has since co-founded the Coalition for Breech Birth and was instrumental in organizing the first ever International Breech Birth Conference.
  • Dr. Mike Carreira is a local family wellness chiropractor practicing in Barrhaven for the past 8 years.  His practice has a strong focus on prenatal and pediatric family chiropractic.  He is also father to 3 home birthed babies where he was the primary support person through each labour.  The birth of his third baby was the most watched live birth on the planet with a global audience as it was broadcast live online.

Location of Screening

All screenings will be held at Saint Paul University at 223 Main Street in Ottawa.
For information on the location of the screening, please click here.

Advance sales are now closed. 

Tickets will be available at the door for $15, until we are sold out.  Cash only.

Paperless Tickets


Note that paper tickets will not be issued. You will receive a confirmation e-mail. When you come to the film, please state your e-mail address to enter the festival. You do not need to print anything – we’ve gone paperless!


Business of Being Born – Movie Trailer

All proceeds donated to local birth and breastfeeding groups, including the Coalition for Breech Birth.

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