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Birth Documentary Contest

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 12:44 PM
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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


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

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