The Face of Birth

Presenting the local première of The Face of Birth, a powerful Australian movie about respecting and protecting a woman’s right to choose how, where and with whom she gives birth.

The Face of Birth
Friday March 22, 2013
6:00 pm Pre-show Presentation
7:00 pm Feature Film
8:30 pm Community Panel 

Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University, Ottawa


“A movie about respecting and protecting a woman’s right to choose how, where and with whom she gives birth.  

Through the diverse and moving stories of five women who choose to have homebirths The Face of Birth gives us the big-picture on the importance of how, where and with whom we give birth to our children. Featuring interviews with some of the world’s top childbirth experts The Face of Birth explores the links between choice and safety. It exposes the hidden costs, and broader social consequences of rising rates of intervention.

A must-see for all parents, and anyone intending to give birth, this feature-length movie about pregnancy, childbirth and the power of choice will change the way you view childbirth.”

The Face of Birth


For more information on the film, please visit the Face of Birth website

Special Presentation Preceding the Film ~ 6:00 pm

The pre-show presentation begins at 6:00pm.  Please join restorative exercise specialists Jillian Nicol and Susanne Reinhold in their presentation on “Why does Alignment Matter for Birthing Women?”.  Details on the presentation and presenters can be found here.

Panel Discussion and Talk Back to follow the film.

Jamie McCallum ~  Jamie was a teacher and is now a stay at home mom  and home daycare provider.  She has 2 boys, both born in hospital.  One empowering, normal, intervention free birth with midwives.  One unwanted, stat caesarean, due to footling breech presentation.  She has become involved in the film nights because the repercussions of both of her births will stay with her for her whole life and she believes it’s critical women understand that and are able to make their own informed choices in the way their children are born.

Tatiana Plenchenko ~ Tatiana is a birth doula and a prenatal education mentor with Birthing from Within and owner of Nesting In Ottawa. Her mission is to empower expectant women and their partners through self discovery in her prenatal classes and doula work. She nourishes the creative and spiritual cravings of the women through birth art as well as offering belly casting service. She promotes a better postpartum experience offering placenta encapsulation.

Dr. Joe Po ~ Dr. Po is a critical care anesthesiologist currently working at the Montfort Hospital and the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital.  He also works as a civilian in the military and has had many tours around the world where he taught local doctors and cared for soldiers.  He is father to 3 children, all three born in hospital, one with an OB and 2 with midwives.

Amanda Taillon ~ Amanda is a stay at home mom of 4, ages 18 months to 7 years and a military wife.  She attended McMaster University with the intent of going on to Med school and opening a clinic with midwives.  She thought she was well informed going into her first birth, however, found much information lacking.  Her first was eventually born via emergency caesarean section.  Her experience was traumatic, and she had a lot of trouble finding help.  The experience of this birth has changed Amanda irrevocably and in some surprising ways; some for the better, some not.  She has since become a birth junkie because of a wish to see information become more accessible and mainstream, and to help work towards an improved maternity care system.  Her mission at the moment is to never have a woman she can reach fall down the rabbit hole alone.

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!


The Face of Birth – Movie Trailer


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

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