Birth Documentary Contest

After being so busy, I’ve been catching up with my visits and relaxing a bit. Funny how the blog has to suffer for the sake of a rest. I said I would pass this about:

Announcing a birth video/documentary contest! $1000 prize!

Birth Matters Virginia (an organization that works to promote an evidence-based model of maternity care) is inviting mothers, fathers, filmmakers, film students, birth advocates, and others to create a 4-7 minute educational video about birth. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $1000. Second place $500 and an “honorable mention” prize of $100 will also be awarded. The deadline for entering the contest is Mother’s Day, May 10, 2009. Guest judges include: Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, acclaimed producers of the Business of Being Born and Sarah J. Buckley MD, international birth expert and author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering. Ricki, Abby, and Sarah will join a consumer-based panel of judges who will be evaluating the tone, educational content, creativity and more. You don’t have to be a professional to enter and you don’t have to be from Virginia.

As the national rate of c-sections surpasses 30% and the U.S. ranks 41st in terms of maternal mortality, it is more important than ever for women and their partners to be educated about the options they have during pregnancy and birth. Birth Matters Virginia advocates “evidence-based” maternity care, which simply means using the best available research on the safety and effectiveness of specific practices to help guide maternity care decisions and to facilitate optimal outcomes in mothers and newborns. There are a lot of ways to approach that topic, and we’re looking forward to the variety of entries.

For rules and to see how to enter, please visit:

You can also join our Facebook group to get updates about the contest and exchange ideas with other participants at

And if you have questions, email Sarah at

One response to “Birth Documentary Contest”

  1. Gloria Lemay

    hi lisa, I was just checking in to see what you’re thinking about the new plan for mws in Oz.

    I didn’t know about this contest. I’m going to win. I have an amazing piece of film of a breech birth completely hands off. The woman is on 4s and I am sitting beside her on the edge of the bed. I sit there thru the whole birth while the baby does all the manouevers herself and I have my hands in my lap–my body facing the camera throughout. All I have to do is get it printed off and have the families’ faces mosaic’ed. We’ll see. Your blog is so full of essential info. Thanks for it.