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About The Birthing Babies Together Team
Birthing Babies Together is a group of three medical students from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who have come together to create an educational documentary about woman-centered care.
Visit our website: www.birthingbabies.ca
Like our facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BirthingBabiesTogether
New trailer: http://vimeo.com/52641382
Danielle Lewis | Medical Student | Mother to a Three and Half Year Old | Mountain Lover | Filmmaker | Maternal Health Advocate | Bachelor of Arts in Economics |
I was inspired to create this film after the birth of my son, Ivar Lewis, in December 26, 2008 in Vancouver, BC. I had two beautiful midwives. I also had an obstetrician due to an emergency complication. I felt blessed to have both sides of this very important equation to deliver my baby safely. I have since then become interested in the balance of medically necessary interventions and natural childbirth. How can we support a mother in the best way possible in this empowering time in her life? I wanted to explore the medicalization of birth and how that has affected women and families. How can we as medical students learn more?
photo by Andrea Helleman www.mstudios.ca
Katie Stringer | Medical Student | Mother to a Five Year Old | Photographer | Runner | Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography |
I decided to become involved in this project because I believe it is important for current and future health care practitioners to understand eachother's qualifications and scope of practice in order to foster interprofessional relationships with the ultimate goal of being able to work together to support birthing families. When I had my son, I had no idea there were so many different models of care available, I truly believe this film can inspire families to find the kind of care that fits them best.
Bailey Adams | Medical Student | Bilingual Bachelor of Science | Artist |
I am an enthusiastic student with a passion for maternal and child well-being. When Danielle mentioned her idea about creating this documentary I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get involved. I hope you will join us by becoming involved as well. Be sure to check out our other videos on the Gallery too!
The Purpose of Birthing Babies Together
Our mission is to bridge the gap between doulas, midwives, nurses, family physicians, obstetricians and other health care professionals with a focus on interprofessional education. We want to discover where common ground exists.
As medical students, we felt like we hadn't received much exposure to the role of midwives and doulas.
To support our observation we conducted an online survey for medical students at the University of Alberta to assess their current knowledge of midwives. Here are some of the results and comments from the 169 students who replied:
“As a fourth year starting a residency in OB/Gyn I have had a little exposure to midwifery and doulas. I think they can be a valuable part of the healthcare team but therefore need to be willing to work in a team to provide the best care for a mother and her child. The more education we get in medical school, the more ability we will have to make this teamwork a reality.”
-Clerkship student, U of A
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Can we raise more than $15,000?
We sure did! Thank you everyone!!
Why Is Birthing Babies Together something you should care about?
Your contribution will help us make a change in the educational curriculum for future physicians in Canada.
Our film has been incorporated into the healthcare program's curriculum for years to come.
Our film is being screened in towns and cities across North America.
Our film aims to increased respect and understanding for all possible members of the team invovled in maternity care.
Can you donate in honour of a loved one or a special human being?
If you have had the pleasure of meeting or working with an inspirational doctor, midwife, doula, nurse, mother, father, paramedic, obstetrician and want to donate in their honour please let us know. We would love to send them a card letting them know how special they are and what a difference they made.
We were recently interviewed for Global News and CityTv
Danielle speaks with CKUA radio: http://www.ckua.com/11/21/12/Presenting-a-more-complete-picture-of-pr/landing.html?blockID=648369&feedID=7643
Mom's Love to Make To-Do Lists
1. Spread the word. Tell all your friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, random people on the street about this campaign and our initiative.
2. Watch our new trailer: http://vimeo.com/52641382
3. Please visit our website www.birthingbabies.ca
4. Become a Facebook Fan http://facebook.com/BirthingBabiesTogether
5. Follow us on Twitter. http://twitter.com/Birthingbabies
6. Purchase your own copy of the film at http://www.katiedawn.com/photocart/
7. Set up a screening in your community. Email us at birthingbabiestogether.ca or purchase a public screening license http://www.katiedawn.com/photocart/
Thank-you for taking the time to read this far.
Disclaimer: Donations through our indiegogo campaign can not receive a tax receipt. IF this is important to you please donate on our Eventbrite page prodivded to us by the Arts & Humanities in Health and Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta.