1. Mothers, Grandparents, Fathers: Breastfeeding, Support, Tradition and the Penobscot Nation

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    The film is about a new program to facilitate and support breastfeeding and infant safety in indigenous communities, in this case, the Penobscot Nation, located on Indian Island, Maine. The program involved three workshops held in the summer of 2012 focused on educating caregivers, including grandparents about the latest information on breastfeeding, infant safety and supporting breastfeeding mothers. The program also included a peer counselor component where women from the community are available to breastfeeding mothers for information and support. The goal of the program is to reduce the incidence of diabetes and obesity and to assist indigenous communities in reclaiming healthy traditions and good health. The film centers on the people who participated in and facilitated the program. The stories, experiences and knowledge of breastfeeding Wabanaki mothers, a father of an infant and grandmothers, along with program facilitators are the heart of the film. The film and several of the workshops will be available on the National Library of Medicine’s website: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ who funded the program. Co-produced by Andrea Mietkiewicz, RN, CPM, CLC, Clinic Nurse and Maternal and Child Health Coordinator for the Penobscot Nation Health Department and Nicolle Littrell, Filmmaker, Woman in the Moon Films http://womaninthemoonfilms.com/ Directed, filmed and edited by Nicolle Littrell Runs approximately 47 minutes PLEASE NOTE: With slower internet connections, please load the entire film first. To do this: press "play" on the video player, then "pause." Wait for the film to fully load; you should then be able to watch the whole film w/o interruption in streaming. The film is also enabled for sharing/embeds and downloads.

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    • Celebrate MANA: 30 Years

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      A short piece commemorating 30 years of the Midwives Alliance of North America. Crafted from footage documented at the MANA 2009 conference in Asilomar, California. Featuring Ina May Gaskin, Eugene Declercq, Elizabeth Davis, Sonbonfu Some' and other movers and shakers speaking about MANA's history, challenges and vision for the future. Presented at MANA Asilomar 2012. Coproduced by Nicolle Littrell of Woman in the Moon Films and Jill Breen, MANA President. Runs approx. 12 minutes.

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      • I am a Midwife Because...Part I

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        Why do women (and yes, some men) become midwives? In the latest video from the new series, I am a Midwife, eight midwives with diverse backgrounds and practicing in different settings in the US and Canada--home, hospital and birth centers--share their stories of what led them to midwifery. For some, it started with their own birth; for others it was a deeply felt "calling," a way to be part of the "solution" of improving birth outcomes and experiences for women and their babies. Inspiring, moving and at times hilarious, I am a Midwife Because...provides an inside look at what moves women to do the important work of being a midwife. Part 1 of 2. Part 2 coming next week! From the Midwives Alliance: http://mana.org/ Subscribe to I am a Midwife on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/iamamidwife?feature=watch Like Midwives Alliance on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MidwivesAlliance Co-produced with Woman in the Moon Films: http://womaninthemoonfilms.com/ http://www.youtube.com/user/womaninthemoonfilms?feature=results_main

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        • Midwives Know Birth Matters

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          In Midwives Know Birth Matters twelve different midwives, practicing in all settings, speak about the importance of birth for babies, mothers and birth partners. The quality care midwives provide can make all the difference in facilitating a safe, supportive and satisfying experience. Midwives know how we are born and how a woman becomes a mother matters! I am a Midwife is a new online video series about midwives and what they do. A new video will be released weekly throughout May and June. Subscribe to I am a Midwife on Youtube From the Midwives Alliance of North America: www.mana.org Co-produced with Woman in the Moon Films: www.womaninthemoonfilms.com Midwives Alliance on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MidwivesAlliance?ref=ts

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          • Midwifery Care: What's in it for Women?

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            What is midwifery care? The first video in our I am a Midwife series explores just that! Eight different "real life" midwives describe the safe, satisfying and supportive care midwives in all settings provide women and their families! From the Midwives Alliance of North America: http://mana.org/IAAM/ Show some "Like" at IAAM FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-am-a-Midwife/276213905781972 and Midwives Alliance FB: http://www.facebook.com/MidwivesAlliance Share with anyone you think could benefit from learning about midwifery care!

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            • at home in northeast harbor, maine

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              to view this film go to: www.mainehomebirth.wordpress.com

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              • at home in morrill, maine

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                to watch this film go to: www.mainehomebirth.wordpress.com at home in morrill, maine presents the homebirth story of gretchen and danny, a couple living in a small rural community near belfast, maine. both gretchen and danny have careers in "sustainability." gretchen is a health coach and clinical herbalist with alive and awake healing arts. danny is a solar energy specialist/contractor and co-proprietor (along with his dad, chuck) of sundog solar store in searsport, maine. gretchen connects her choice to have a homebirth with her family heritage and her upbringing, emphasizing deep and abiding connections to nature and the outdoors. this birth story highlights the love and connection between the expectant couple--how pregnancy and birth can be sensual and sexual--and also an intensely private experience. gretchen and danny were assisted by certified professional midwife chris yentes of first light community midwives and gina forbes, student midwife, doula and childbirth educator. gretchen's mother, "mo" and her sister, holly were also key sources of support for this birthing mother. this story extends beyond the homebirth to the couple's wedding ceremony (deemed "love fest") showing the circle of love and support that surround gretchen and danny as they make their transition into their new life as parents of yukon.

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                • at home in orland, maine (#2)

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                  to watch the film go to: www.mainehomebirth.wordpress.com this birth features the second homebirth experience for Valerie Bates and her husband, todd cotier. valerie and todd are both from maine. todd is a mechanic and valerie, a stay-at-home mom (for now!). They have three children, austin, cooper and penelope. Family is an important centerpiece of their life. val and todd had a homebirth with their second child, cooper, in november of 2008, which is featured in two other films in the at home in maine series: "at home in orland" and "at Home in maine, part 3." With both homebirths, valerie and todd were assisted by Andrea Mietkiewicz, cpm and evelyn conrad, cd of clear light holistic midwives of old town, maine. valerie is almost two weeks "overdue" when she and todd meet with andrea for a prenatal visit at andrea's home/office. the film presents a holistic model for how this midwifery practice addresses their client's concerns, focusing on the "mind-body" connection. Several days after this visit, valerie has a very fast labor and births her daughter penelope in the birth tub! though valerie's birth with penelope is normal valerie begins to bleed heavily postpartum. The film shows how midwives are trained to address these kinds of complications. runs 20 minutes great tool for expectant parents, midwives, childbirth educators, doulas, women/gender/cultural studies programs to view more films in the "at home in maine" series, go to: www.mainehomebirth.wordpress.com

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