Join us for the Global Premier of MicroBirth on September 20, 2014; hundreds of screenings on the same day all over the world.

September 20, 2014
6:15 pm Pre-show Presentation
7:00 pm Feature Film
8:00 pm Community Panel
Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University, Ottawa


From One World Birth, the screen makers who brought us Freedom for Birth, we are happy to announce MicroBirth, a feature-length documentary taking a look at childbirth in a completely new way:  through the lens of a microscope.

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From the film makers:

The brand new scientific fields of the Micro biome and Epigenetics are starting to indicate that the increased medicalization of childbirth could be risking the long-term health of our children. But the good news is that the latest scientific breakthroughs are also offering a possible solution.

We believe this is the most important film we will ever make about childbirth. The scientists, academics and doctors featuring in the film present the argument that we all need to understand the implications of the latest scientific research into these fields and are calling on governments worldwide to invest heavily on even more larger-scale research.


The film explores the latest scientific research into the microscopic events that occur during and immediately after birth.microbirth2

This compelling, brand new science is starting to indicate that if the natural processes of childbirth are interfered with or bypassed completely, there may be consequences for the long-term health of our children.

Check out the Huffington Post article on the film.  For more information on the film, please visit the MicroBirth website and One World Birth.

Microbirth – Movie Trailer

Special Presentation Preceding the Film ~ 6:15 pm
With Medicalized Birth on the Rise – What are the Alternatives?

In her presentation, Gaela Nelson, PDHom will explore safe, effective methods that have been used for centuries to support the body’s wisdom in the birthing process and help restore balance in the immune system.

While medical intervention is sometimes necessary and lifesaving, in many cases gentler, natural approaches are overlooked in the birth process, and one intervention leads to another. Gaela will share her experience in preventing the need for unnecessary medical intervention in birth and afterwards, as well as restoring balance when interventions have occurred.

The human immune system is complex and dynamic, constantly moving toward balance; every intervention that disturbs that balance can weaken our natural ability to maintain health. We need a system of medicine that works with, rather than against our natural defenses and balancing mechanisms, in order to lower the rising rates of chronic disease. Gaela will discuss the Homeopathic understanding of the immune system and chronic disease.

Panel Discussion and Talk Back to follow the film

Gaela Nelson, PDHom, is a Classical Homeopath specializing in women and children’s health. Since 2005 she has supported women’s choices in natural birthing by offering natural medicines that follow the body’s wisdom and promote overall wellbeing for Mom and Baby. She supports high standards in Homeopathic care and served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society of Homeopaths from 2007-2011. She currently teaches at the Canadian Homeopathic Institute in Ottawa.

Gaela has a vision of health care that is respectful and treats the whole person. She is a passionate supporter of informed choice, natural parenting, and midwifery. www.homeopathyottawa.com

Anna Varriano is a Natural Health Practitioner (NHP), a Registered Nutrition Therapist (RNT), and a GAPS (Gut and Psychology/Physiology) Certified Practitioner. She is the founder and owner of Perfect Resonance Natural Health Counselling.

Holding both a Bachelor of Science degree, and a Natural Health Practitioner diploma, Anna understands how the body works as a whole, and that every individual requires a customized approach based on their unique set of circumstances. With knowledge and experience in several natural modalities, Anna is able to offer numerous avenues to maintain and promote health and well-being.

Last fall, Anna attended a certification program offered by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, author of the book “GAPS: Gut and Psychology/Physiology Syndrome” in order to become a GAPS Certified Practitioner. As a GAPS Certified Practitioner, Anna understands, and has seen first-hand, the connection between the state of digestive health and gut flora with that of overall health and well-being with people of all ages, especially children.

Anna is a member of the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP); a professional organization whose goal is to create public awareness, and regulate the standards of education, of natural nutritional practitioners. She is also a member of the Weston A Price Foundation; a group dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. She also teaches a number of health science courses at two private career colleges in Ottawa.

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).

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 $10.  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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