Breeders: A Subclass of Women?
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
6:00 pm Pre-show presentation by Lisa Casselman and Liz Ellwood, co-founders of Fertility Match.
7:00 pm Feature Film (52 minutes)
8:30 pm Community Panel with Christine Crook, Lisa Casselman and Liz Ellwood.
Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University at 223 Main Street in Ottawa
Breeders: A Subclass of Women?
Surrogacy is fast becoming one of the major issues of the 21st century—celebrities and everyday people are increasingly using surrogates to build their families. But the practice is fraught with complex implications for women, children, and families. What is the impact on the women who serve as surrogates and on the children who are born from surrogacy? In what ways might money complicate things? What about altruistic surrogacy done for a family member or close friend? Is surrogacy a beautiful, loving act or does it simply degrade pregnancy to a service and a baby to a product? Can we find a middle ground? Should we even look for one?
From The Center for Bioethics and Culture, producers of the award-winning Eggsploitation (2010, 2013), and Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), Breeders: A Subclass of Women? explores this important issue, talking with surrogates, physicians, psychologists, and activists across the political and ideological spectrum.
For more information, see Breeders: A Subclass of Women? site.
I am a mother of 2 children, who are now 17 and 15 years old. I moved to Ottawa 9 years ago. I am a Birth and Postpartum Doula and opened a chapter of the Motherwit organization here in Ottawa a year ago. I started my surrogacy journey 5 years ago, when I became a surrogate for friends. After 3 IVF attempts and a miscarriage, the couple did not end up with a baby. In February 2016 I gave birth to my surro-baby Clara!
Find out more about Christine at: MotherWit Ottawa Doula Care.
My husband Mike and I were blessed with 5 amazing children – Our oldest son Brandon, our daughter, Brooke, our son Carter, and our twin daughters, Teagan and Paige. I loved being pregnant and realized this was something I could do to help other families become a reality. After our twins were born in 2009, I knew it was time to begin my surrogacy journey. I have since had two incredible surrogacies. I feel honoured to have helped complete two families, giving birth to twins in 2012 and 2015. It was an indescribable feeling as I watched those babies being placed into the waiting arms of their parents. Liz and I started Fertility Match because we both believe very strongly that the right approach to navigating third party reproduction in Canada could drastically improve the experiences of all parties involved. Find out more about Lisa at Fertility Match.
When I was 24, I was diagnosed with cancer. In the year that followed I faced multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, leaving me infertile. Immediately I knew two things: I would survive and I would find a way to become a mother. I founded the national charity Fertile Future, which has funded the fertility preservation of over 420 cancer patients to date, and provided information, counseling and education to countless more.
Fast-forward 10 years later and I’m a mother. I have a beautiful 5-year-old daughter who would not be here today without the incredible gifts of two different women – our gestational surrogate and egg donor. When she came into the world, my life was forever changed. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t look at her and think how lucky I am to be alive and be the mother of this incredible little person. Find out more about Liz at Fertility Match.
Tickets will be available at the door for $15, until we are sold out. Cash only.
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.
This festival is completely volunteer run. All proceeds will go to support local birth and breastfeeding groups.