Beautiful Births

Knowledge is power! Empower yourself!

Saturday February 28, 2015
6:00 pm Pre-show Presentation
7:00 pm Feature Film
8:30 pm Community Panel
Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University, Ottawa


“Discover the Truth About Natural Birth”


The film does a wonderful job of displaying the beauty of childbirth, with genuine conversational dialogue and emotional appeal. Beautiful Births explores the Midwifery Model of Care.  It also shows what a birth centre is and what it is not.


Beautiful Births
 is “a must see for all women of childbearing age interested in pregnancy and childbirth, regardless of where they choose to give birth.”

“This documentary is not only heartwarming but inspiring and eye-opening.  I laughed, I cried and I crossed my legs with gritted teeth!” ~ Lilypod & Sweetpea blog

Recent interview with Jacqui Blue, Director of Beautiful Births Documentary.

For more information on the film, please visit


Beautiful Births – Movie Trailer


Special Presentation Preceding the Film ~ 6:00pm
Dancing for Birth – Interactive demonstration with Zoia Nikolova

Come discover the positive effects of movement before, during, and after birth!

For more information on Zoia and Dancing for Birth in Ottawa, please visit her website



Excerpts from the Dancing for Birth DVD will be shown during this presentation.

“Prenatal Dance and Birth Wisdom” This film teaches dance moves such as “Powerful Woman”, “Birth Goddess”, “Dilation Gyration”, and “Rock the Baby”. Great if you’re pregnant, or if you provide care to pregnant women.”

For more information on the film, please visit the Dancing for Birth website.

Dancing for Birth – Movie Trailer


Community Discussion Panel to follow the film

Pia Anderson ~ Pia has worked as a full-time doula for over ten years, and has attended hundreds of births in various settings, such as home and hospital, including vaginal breech births, VBACs in home and hospital settings, as well as a variety of high-risk situations.  She is a certified Doula, providing birth and postpartum support. She is also an NGH-certified consulting Hypnotist, a certified HypnoBirthing® Educator affiliated with the HB Institute, as well as an NLP Practitioner certified by the WEL-Systems® Institute.  In supporting new families, Pia has found her calling, and she loves what she does. She is passionate about working with women to help them discover the power and innate intelligence of their own bodies. She engages her clients with humour and compassion, to create a safe and light-hearted environment. Nothing gives her more joy than to hear from her clients that they’ve had a birth experience that they’ll treasure for life. Pia comes from a big family of 10 children altogether, all born at home. She is a mother of two adult children, and both of her births could not have been more different. In her free time, Pia can be found poking around her garden, enjoying nature in a variety of outdoor activities, or reading.  Please visit her website.

Betty-Anne Daviss ~ Betty-Anne is a midwife of 39 years who has worked internationally in several countries (in particular in Guatemala, Mexico, and the USA) and in Ottawa/Gatineau since 1981, with short blocks of time in Afghanistan and Germany.   She presently teaches in Women’s and Gender Studies, and while she has held several positions such as with the Women, Peace, and Security Committee on Parliament Hill and as project manager for the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology, her biggest joy is in attending women who are local referrals, in particular the women who want vaginal breech births, and clients whom she “caught” 20-30 years ago now having their own babies.

Betty-Anne is a researcher and writer and here are a few of her articles:

1. The home birth study she co-authored in the BMJ on home birth in 2005 at that has been accessed over 200,000 times.

2. The article she wrote about the Inuit taking back birth at:

3. The latest clinical article she co-authored comparing women’s pelvic measurements in an MRI machine in Frankfurt lying flat on their back and in a crouched position at:

Jamie McCallum ~ Jamie has been helping organize the film festival over the last few years.  She is also a DONA trained doula, and an advocate for women, their babies and their families.  She has had 3 babies herself and believes that birth is a powerful, transformative right of passage for all women when supported and cared for the way they need to be.  Jamie has had 3 very different births, including an unwanted, unplanned, traumatizing cesarean birth and a beautiful, supported, transformative breech, vbac.  Most recently Jamie’s advocacy work took her to meet with the head of obstetrics and head of midwifery at the Ottawa Hospital to advocate for collaborative care, vaginal breech birth and true informed choice for all women who birth there.

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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