L’Arbre et le Nid

The Tree and The Nest

Please note that this film is in french with English subtitles.


Friday November 20, 2015

6:00 pm Pre-show Presentation
7:00 pm Feature Film
8:30 pm Community Panel

Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University, Ottawa


“Are women losing the ability to give birth on their own? This is what the rising rates of caesarean section and obstetrical interventions around the world seem to suggest …  When the focus is on respecting the woman and nature, a birth becomes an awe-inspiring, poetic and empowering moment for the whole family. ALL individuals are born. And so by extension, it is a seminal moment for all humanity.”

For more information on the film, please visit the L’Arbre et le Nid website.

L’Arbre et le Nid – Movie Trailer

Special Presentation Preceding the Film ~ 6:00pm

Breech Birth Monologues
“Breeching Barriers” is a collection of stories about breech birth told by a group of Ottawa area women. They are specifically advocating for evidence based care and informed choice for all women birthing breech babies. Be prepared to laugh a little, cry a little, and be moved to action as you listen to these brave, passionate and strong women share their often shocking journeys. Interspersed with song and insightful commentary from world renowned breech expert Betty-Anne Daviss RM MA, this compilation of monologues is not to be missed.

Panel Discussion and Talk Back to follow the film

Ashley Paulin
Ashley is originally from Northern Ontario and currently lives in Gatineau, QC with her husband, inquisitive 2 year old and bright 6 month old. She began her perinatal nursing career in 2011 at the Gatineau Hospital. She works both in the post-partum wing as well as in the NICU observing and guiding both mothers and babes navigate their first hours/days together.

Marie-Josée Trépanier
Marie-Josée Trépanier, RN, BScN, MEd, PN(C), is the Regional Director of the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program (CMNRP) which is a network of organizations and agencies providing care and services to mothers, newborns and families in the Champlain and South East regions. Throughout her 30-year career, Marie-Josée has played various clinical, education and leadership roles championing maternal-newborn best practices, professional development and interprofessional collaboration.

Andrea Houle
Andrea is a midwife and board certified lactation consultant. She’s been practicing at the Gatineau birth center since 2008 where she happily attends less than 2% of births in hospital. She is very excited for the opening of the new birth center in two weeks and is even more excited for the birth center to actually have furniture in it.

Advance sales are now closed

Tickets will be available at the door for $15, until we are sold out.  Cash only.

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.


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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