Trial of Labor

Trial of Labor

trialOfLaborMdSaturday, April 16, 2016

6:00 pm Birth Story Healing
7:00 pm Feature Film
8:30 pm Community Panel

Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University at 223 Main Street in Ottawa


Trial of Labor
Trial of Labor follows a small group of pregnant women and their journeys back to trusting themselves and their bodies after previous births ended in unplanned surgery.  Each woman has chosen to plan a vaginal birth after Cesarean, and the uncertainty of their imminent births evokes in each a personal reckoning: finding a path through unresolved feelings and difficult decisions to the ultimate, unpredictable event of childbirth.  66 minutes

For more information, see Trial of Labor site.

Pre-show Presentation ~ 6:00pm

Birth Story Healing with Jennifer Gillean
Jennifer Gillean will be discussing important aspects to consider when listening and supporting mothers who have had difficult or disappointing births

Panel Discussion and Talk Back to follow the film

Panel Participants

Stephanie Earle is a mother of 2 beautiful children. She’s been practicing massage therapy since 2005. Her passion for maternal support expanded once she began her journey as a mother. She recently started offering her clients labour support. Stephanie is also a La Leche League Canada Leader supporting breastfeeding families in Ottawa. She is working towards becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Stephanie is a lover of chocolate and all things sweet. Hot yoga and cycling bring her joy in her spare time.

Katie Hitchcock is a stay at home Mom of two daughters. Her own personal journey to VBAC that ended in a repeat cesarean has ignited her passion for supporting CBAC mothers through every facet of their journey. For Katie, raising awareness and creating a truly supportive space for the unique needs of CBAC mothers has become her personal mission. Her time is dutifully dedicated in volunteering at various maternal and newborn health organizations within Ottawa. Currently, she facilitates a fast-growing monthly CBAC Support Circle. Along with maternal health, Katie’s passion overflows into nurturing her vibrant daughters, photography and public health issues affecting women and families.

Chelsey Baxter is the mother of 3. Two boys and a girl. She recently married her soulmate and the father of her children. She is from a small town and enjoys the country life. She is a support worker in a long term care facility and has a passion for helping others. In 2011 and 2014, she and her husband welcomed their 2 boys prematurely at 35 and 34 weeks via csection due to breech presentation. Upon becoming pregnant with our 3rd, Cheslsey educated herself and found the support for her birth that she felt was best for herself and her child. In March 2016, she welcomed her full term daughter via breech vba2c. She had a beautiful and healing birth and now hopes to inspire other women to also have the experience they deserve.

Dr. Nancy Salgueiro has been practicing family wellness chiropractic since 2003. Her focus is prenatal and pediatric chiropractic and caring for the whole family. Dr. Salgueiro is certified in Webster’s Technique and pediatric chiropractic through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She is also a childbirth educator and has coached numerous women through their pregnancies, births, and in caring for their young children. In 2011, she live-streamed the uneventful home birth of her third child.
Nancy blogs about birth, babies, and family health on her blog Your Birth Coach, on the  Ottawa Mommy Club, and writes for Whole Pregnancy.   Nancy is the author of An Empowered Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and is currently working on Great Sex, Great Birth.  She is a co-founder of the CHOICE! Birth and Baby film festival and has contributed to several birth-related initiatives, including Mothers of ChangeConsumers Supporting Midwifery Care, and Coalition for Breech Birth.

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.

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


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