A Mother is Born

Friday May 24, 2013
6:00 pm Pre-show Presentation
7:00 pm Feature Film
8:00 pm Community Panel
Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University, Ottawa

“This is a remarkable film, more so as it has been created by medical students from The University of Alberta– covers the roles of family docs, obstetricians, midwives and a strong statement in support of physiological birth.”  Dr. Michael Klein, award-winning & world-renown physician scientist, author & leader in the field of normal birth.

Featuring Interviews with Dr. Michael Klein, Senior Scientist and Maternity Care Researcher, Vancouver, BC | Dr. Shiraz “Raz” Moola, Obstetrician, Nelson, BC | Joanna Greenhalgh, Registered Midwife, Edmonton, AB | Joan Margaret Laine, President of the Alberta Association of Midwives | Dr. Marlene Lidkea, Physician, St. Albert, AB | Dr. Beverly O’Brien, PhD, University of Alberta.

A Mother is Born is a documentary created by Birthing Babies Together.

“We are a group of three medical students from the University of Alberta (U of A) who have come together to create an educational documentary about woman-centered care that focuses on the various birthing options available for low-risk obstetrics. Our mission is to bridge the gap between doulas, midwives, nurses and physicians with a focus on interprofessional education. We want to discover where common ground exists. ”


Our goal was to create a film that was respectful, balanced and evidence based.  Instead of furthering the divide, we wanted to promote collaboration.  One of the biggest goals of our film is intended to foster respect for the contributions of all disciplines.  

For more information on the film, please visit the Birthing Babies Together website.

Special Presentation Preceding the Film – 6:00 pm

The pre-show presentation begins at 6:00pm.  Please join Dr. Nancy Salgueiro for a presentation on Optimal Fetal Positioning.  She will discuss how your baby’s position can influence the course of your labor and birth and what you can to help your baby achieve the best position for a gentle birth.  Details on the presentation and presenters can be found here.

Panel Discussion and Talk Back to follow the film.

Teresa Bandrowska ~ Teresa is a mother of four and grandmother of one (with another due in July).  She has been a midwife since 1988, practicing as a nurse and doula for six years before that.  Teresa feels privileged to serve childbearing families and continues to be in love with her work.

Jean Craigie ~  Jean has been a labour and delivery nurse for 18 years, working at the Civic hospital.  She attended the 2009 Breech Birth conference and was impressed with what a group of consumers was able to make happen.  She has been known in the community as a natural birth supportive nurse.

Jamie McCallum ~ Jamie is a midwifery client and mother of 2 beautiful boys.  Since becoming a mother, she has become an advocate for families, mothers and babies.  She is a trained volunteer for public health, serving as a Breastfeeding Buddy and is currently working towards becoming a certified Doula through DONA International.  She is also a member of Mothers of Change and the Informed Choice Coalition.

Leslie McDiarmid ~ Leslie has worked in the area of education, health and social services for over 30 years.  For the past 18 years she has worked in various leadership roles with the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre supporting the work of a variety of teams and programs including clinical services, early childhood development programs, and community development/community capacity building initiatives.  In the Fall of 2008 she became the Executive Director at South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre.  Leslie is committed to developing appropriate programs and services for a diverse community, and continues to work to achieve health equity in policies and practices throughout the Centre.  The mother of two grown children, she spends her time with family, friends and volunteering at the Hospice at May Court. She is a recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award and The Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.

Jennifer Young ~  Jennifer is a Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator whose training hasd been obtained through CEA Ottawa, Lamaze Childbirth Education Program, Birthing From Within and CAPPA .  She has also taken the DONA Birth Doula Workshop and has been working as a doula on-and-off between giving birth to her own children.  In addition, Jennifer has completed the CAPPA Canada Lactation Educator course.  Jennifer has been teaching Childbirth Classes in the Ottawa area for several years privately, with Birthcare and the Ottawa Hospital.  Her volunteer experiences include running the Ottawa Cesarean Awareness Group, and volunteering with the City of Ottawa as a Breastfeeding buddy.  Jennifer has been fortunate enough to witness home births, hospital births, vaginal as well as caesarean births.  In addition, her own three birth stories are unique, having experienced a caesarean birth for her first child, which encouraged her to enter into the childbirth field as a teacher and activist. Her first birth gave her the strength and courage to facilitate empowering birth choices the next time and enabled her to have amazing vaginal births for her last two children.  She is mom to three wonderful children; Liam, Reilly and Holly.

Location of Screening

All screenings will be held at Saint Paul University at 223 Main Street in Ottawa.  Parking is available on the North side of the building for a flat fee of $4.  Street parking is available.  Please enter the building through the door off the North parking lot.  There will be a sign to indicate what room the screening will be in.
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 please.

Paperless Tickets

Paper tickets will not be issued.  You will receive a confirmation e-mail and your tickets will be noted by your e-mail address.  You do not need to print anything – we’ve gone paperless!


A Mother is Born – Movie Trailer


This festival is completely volunteer run.  All proceeds will go to support local birth and breastfeeding groups.

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