Laboring Under An Illusion

Friday November 15, 2013
6:00 pm Pre-show Presentation
7:00 pm Feature Film
8:15 pm Community Panel 

Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University, Ottawa

Join us as we come full circle with a repeat screening of Laboring Under an Illusion.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to screen Birth Rites this evening, but we have an exciting pre-show presentation lined up, and a Community Panel you won’t want to miss.


“Anthropologist Vicki Elson explores media-generated myths about childbirth. As a childbirth educator for 25 years, she observes daily how our culture affects our birth experiences. In this film, she contrasts fiction with reality. The result is hilarious, engaging, and enlightening.”

Laboring Under An Illusion is hilarious exploration of media-generated myths about childbirth.


For more information on the film, please visit the Laboring Under An Illusion website.

Special Presentation Preceding the Film ~ 6:00 pm 

Please join Jen Boyes-Manseau in her presentation, Birthing Celebrations, about birth related types of ceremonies including the Blessingway Ceremony.

Jen Boyes-Manseau was a Birth Attendant from 1992-2002 in BC, and has remained very interested in confident and conscious birth. When she returned to the Ottawa area from BC, she returned to applied theatre for social change. Jen also continued to help mothers-to-be and new parents create meaningful rites of passage ceremonies to prepare for birth and welcome their babies. While working with birthing women in BC, she learned The Blessingway Ceremony and created an Entrustment Ceremony for birth parents to entrust their child to the adoptive parents. She later offered Naming and Child Dedication ceremonies as a Lay Chaplain for the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. She has also custom created Weddings, Memorials and Celebration of Life Ceremonies.

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.

Betty-Anne Daviss has sat on the Women, Peace and Security Committee on Parliament Hill, is a Women’s Studies professor at Carleton University teaching reproductive rights, and now politics of gender and health.  She has sat on the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, she is a researcher and published the BMJ study on the safety of home birth and is an author and contributing author of many books.  Most importantly, she is a crusader for women’s rights in childbirth and midwife extraordinaire who truly respects a women’s right to informed choices in childbirth.

Anna Maranta

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. Your tickets will be noted by your e-mail address.
You do not need to print anything – we’ve gone paperless!


Laboring Under An Illusion – Movie Trailer

Purchase a DVD of this film

To pre-pay for this DVD and pick it up at the screening of another film, click here.  The DVD is $25.

To have the DVD mailed to you, click here.  A $3.00 shipping charge has been added.
This is only available for Canadian orders.

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