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New England Born Exhibit and Birth Story Film Screening

 Monday, April 22, 2013

New England Born Opening Reception
5:00-6:30pm, Sarah Doyle Gallery, 26 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI

Birth Story Screening followed by Panel Discussion
6:45pm, Salomon 001

Free and Open to the Public!














“Birth Story” captures a spirited group of women who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970s hippie commune, rescued modern midwifery from extinction, and changed the way a generation thought about childbirth. Today, as nearly 1/3 of all U.S. babies are born via C-section, they labor on, fighting to preserve their knowledge and pushing, once again, for the rebirth of birth. With incredible access to the midwives’ archival video collection, the film not only captures the unique sisterhood at The Farm Clinic, but shows childbirth the way most people have never seen it--unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring.  “Birth Story” premiered at the 2012 LA Film Festival and won the prestigious Audience Award.  Produced and Directed by Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore. 

Running Time: 95 minutes

“New England Born,” by artist Lisa Gendron, is a photo documentary project on American birth practice as it relates to cultural values and belief systems. Through images and text this works seeks to examine the ways in which systems of beliefs intersect with health care policy, and practice in human birth.

Sponsored by the Sarah Doyle Women's Center, the Rhode Island Friends of Midwives, and Women Students at Brown (WSaB).  This event was generously co-sponsored by the following Brown University Offices:  Office of Institutional Diversity, the Pembroke Center, the Division of Campus Life, the Graduate School, and the School of Public Health.  Support was also given through a Salomon Grant for AMST 1612W Rethinking Women's Bodies and Rights: Transnational Reproductive Politics. 

To request special services, accommodations or assistance for this event, please contact the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center at (401) 863-2189 as far in advance of the event as possible.