A Mother is Born



Friday February 21, 2014
6:15 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.

The Spoken Word – ‘Dear Daughter

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.


A Mother is Born – Movie Trailer


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

Special Presentation Preceding the Film ~ 6:15 pm

Returning to Wise Woman Ways
Women’s Health and Spirituality Practitioner and Teacher, Louise Hayden will be sharing her passion to bring wise women ways back our modern world. She will be discussing the benefits of women’s circles and the Ottawa Red Tent, of reclaiming practices around the stages of women”s lives and of women wise healing approaches.  More information on this presentation can be found here.

Panel Discussion and Talk Back to follow the film

Dr. Dayna Bell is the mother to 4 year-old Ethan and 3 month-old Autumn, and an ER Pediatrician.  After completing residency in Edmonton and Vancouver, she moved to Ottawa to work at CHEO.  Her early birth experiences through medical training, and the birth of her son, left her somewhat traumatized, and with significant doubts about the current model of care. Through many late nights pouring through medical and midwifery literature, and under the care of an outstanding midwife/doula/OB team, her family experienced a much gentler second birth.  She is particularly interested in issues surrounding post-partum depression and vaginal delivery after caesarean (VBAC).

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.

Louise Hayden is a Women’s Health and Spirituality Practitioner and Teacher. She works with women individually for healing and mentoring, teaches Wise Woman classes, holds the Ottawa Red Tent and offers Womb Blessings as a Moon Mother for Ottawa/Gatineau. Louise is a Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner and Moon Mother Country Co-ordinator. She has also worked as Doula, and Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher and offers support for miscarriage and postpartum depression/anxiety.  She has a strong passion for empowering women and marries ancient and modern philosophies from cultures across the world, and draws upon the support and mentorship from an international network of wise women.  Her fundamental approach to women’s wellness is to provide a safe and supportive place for healing body, mind and spirit.  Visit her website www.wisewomanwellwoman.ca

Susan Martensen has been providing support and education to families for over 20 years.  She is a certified Birth and Postpartum doula with DONA International, a Prenatal Educator, and offers Breastfeeding Support in the Ottawa region.  Susan also offers educational services in Canada , the US and globally, including DONA Doula Certification Workshops, and is a mentor for the Postpartum Doula Program.  Her current classes and sessions can be found here, and workshop and registration options here.  More information on PostPartum Doula Workshops and Birth Doula Workshops.  Susan can be reached at susan@birthandbeginnings.org.


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!


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.

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

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