Scenes from the Upcoming Documentary, “The Mama Sherpas”

Mama Sherpas

Scenes from the Upcoming Documentary, “The Mama Sherpas”


mama sherpasLast autumn, I had the opportunity to interview Brigid Maher, a documentary filmmaker and associate professor of film and media arts at American University.

Though the interview focused primarily on Maher’s birth experiences and the American College of Nurse Midwives Our Moment of Truth™ campaign, we also touched a bit on Maher’s upcoming documentary, The Mama Sherpas.

The Mama Sherpas is a feature-length documentary that depicts the work of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) over a two-year period.  As promised on the website for the film, the film will cover everything from the collaborative care between CNMs and OB/GYNs to the midwives’ patients to the ways in which broadening midwifery care can help both to improve health outcomes for moms and babies and to cut maternity care costs.

According to a recent press release for the film:

In February 2013, the production team began profiling the Sutter Davis Hospital Birthing Center at Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, California, which has one of the lowest c-section rates in California. Sutter Davis Hospital accepts patients from Sutter Medical Group and CommuniCare Health Centers.  Additionally, midwives from both practices work together in the Birthing Center.  CommuniCare is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing health care to those in need since 1972. Sutter Medical Group is a private practice within the Sutter Health Network.  At Sutter Davis Hospital, patients from all economic backgrounds and means, receive the same level of high quality care.

Recently, The Mama Sherpas posted a fantastic video from their work at the Sutter Davis Hospital Birthing Center on YouTube.  In fact, at the beginning of the year, they began posting a number of scenes from the documentary on YouTube.  There, viewers can get a glimpse of the exciting work that Maher and the rest of the production team are doing to shed light on the work of nurse midwives.  You’ll see:

  • women interacting with their midwives prenatally
  • families reflecting on the midwifery care they received during labor
  • a weekly glimpse at a woman’s care during the last weeks of her pregnancy
  • a couple taking a refresher childbirth course
  • a fabulous portrayal of group maternity care

As someone who is both excited for and passionate about the work that Maher and the rest of The Mama Shepas team is doing, I’m sharing all of these videos here today.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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