BOND/360 has acquired new documentary “The Mama Sherpas,” executive produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (“The Business of Being Born”). Directed by Brigid Maher (“Veiled Voices”), the documentary takes a look inside the collaborative practices of midwives and doctors, and the growing evolution of birth perceptions across the country. The film provides a window into the intimate lives of those midwives working within the hospital system.
The documentary focuses on a big shift in the birthing industry: an increased number of Caesarean sections. Recently, the idea of “collaborative care” for a pregnant woman, during which doctors and midwives work together, has become more popular. Research shows that these care models produce better results for both mothers and their children.
“We were thrilled to discover Brigid Maher’s film ‘The Mama Sherpas,’ which enriches the conversation around birth choices that ‘The Business of Being Born’ started in 2008,” said Lake and Epstein. “It is a privilege for us to serve as Executive Producers on this moving tribute to modern midwifery. We know that this film will help to educate and enlighten future generations of expectant parents on a more humanistic and family-centered approach to having babies.”
“The Mama Sherpas” will premiere on May 27 in Los Angeles, followed by regional, VOD and DVD releases.