MANA! by Nicolle Littrell

Nicolle Littrell put together this charming film about MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) filmed mostly at the MANA conference in 2008. She gets some great interviews with some of the most influential founding folks of MANA including Carol Leonard and Sister Angela Murdaugh. She talks with newer movers and shakers like Betty-Anne Daviss. She also gets some time with important non-midwives including Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, Jennifer Block, and Barbara Katz Rothman. Littrell just barely scrapes the surface on ongoing MANA controversies such as the tension between CPMs and CNMs or the often swept under the rug issue of race and racism amongst homebirth midwives. Despite this, however, it is a well put together film and worth a viewing.

Littrell herself is pretty fabulous. She’s been spending her time filming homebirths here in Maine and documenting the thus far futile struggle for licensure in Maine. I met her because she came and filmed a birth I attended. Her short films featuring homebirths are very sweet and quite inspiring, if I do say so myself.

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