Friday, April 17, 2009

Anyone Passionate About Birth?

A nonprofit organization in Virginia is soliciting YouTube videos to educate women about their options during childbirth in the hopes that education willreduce the incidence of medically unnecessary c-sections and out-of-controlhospital costs. The maker of the best video will win $1000. Birth advocatesRicki Lake, Abby Epstein, and Sarah Buckley have agreed to be guest judges.

We can put you in touch with Ricki Lake's PR people if an interview would be helpful.

Birth Documentary Contest: $1000 Prize

Birth Matters Virginia (an organization that works to promote an
evidence-based model of maternity care) is soliciting 4-7 minute educational
videos 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,

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 . We'd love to get videos from mothers, fathers, filmmakers, film students, birth advocates, and anyone else who is
interested in birth or film or wants to win $1000.

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

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

Even if you don't plan to make a video or submit an entry, please pass this
email on to everyone you can think of, post it on your blog, your Facebook
page, Twitter, whatever you can think of! The more people submit videos, the
more will be out there on YouTube and we could use all the help we can get
spreading the word.

Just for fun, here's just after Judith's birth.

And Gideon's birth.

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