A documentary about modern childbirth from the mother's perspective. Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 24, 2012.
About this project
We only have 1 hour left before the end of this fundraiser. Last chance to pledge.
Thank you to every one who has contributed thus far. The film will now be finished.
While this has been a nerve racking six weeks we have had time to dream beyond the scope of the original film. Having spent so much time talking to people across the world about our project, we realized that the message in this film is not special to any region or nation, it is global. Medicalized birth is a growing phenomenon and the cesarean rates are climbing in almost every country in the world as birthing options and choices are shrinking. We want a chance to expand the scope of this film and prepare for a wide release for a far greater audience.
This is our chance to band together in numbers around this project and deliver the message that the ideas in this film matter. It carries issues important to so many people in places where women have no access to alternative birthing choices and no voice in their communities.
We need a show of numbers! Right now we have just around 400 backers (200 in the last few days!) but if we can get 500 to support the film, no matter what size the contribution we can show exhibitors that this film has an audience and that choice matters.
We are not asking you to empty your pockets, but to give what you can afford. With your help we can do this and every single dollar counts.
Thank you all.
Rob Humphreys and Elliot Berlin
'Every woman deserves the right to choose'.
Thanks for visiting our page for Trial of Labor, the documentary.
Four expectant mothers, from completely separate walks in life, came late one November to the offices of Dr Elliot Berlin. They had a few things in common; they had undergone C-sections, were all pregnant again, and were determined to try and birth vaginally. They had individually sort the education they needed to tackle this task and decipher the truth in what amounted to a tidal wave of misinformation, coercion, skewed medical policy and insurance limitations.
Trial Of Labor is the documentation of their highly emotional journey to attempt what nature intended: to simply birth naturally.
This is their story.
The result is an incredible insight into the fortitude it takes to reconcile with unwanted c-sections, build the conviction to move forward in a new direction, overcome the fear of uncertainty, and fully assume responsibility for the outcome of one’s birth choice. This is not only the story of the modern VBAC but the story of all mothers.
This film, told only in the words of the women themselves, will be a testament to the courage and strength it takes to become a mother.
We are Dr. Elliot Berlin, a doctor specializing in alternative prenatal care and Rob Humphreys, a documentary filmmaker, both fathers who have been blessed enough to deliver our own children at home. We joined forces in 2009 to interview a group of mothers who at the time were considering to try natural birth after previous c-sections (VBACs).
What started as a meager inquiry into the previous experiences of these women soon escalated into a full blown production. What we hadn't calculated was the compassion their stories would generate and the fact that they were all due within the next six weeks. There was no time to raise money, there was not time to think. We put everything on hold, throwing every resource we had from equipment, to time, to money, along with every favor owed us we stuck by this story. The journey was remarkable.
Now, having exhausted ourselves and our budgets we are turning to the community to help us get this story to the screen.
What's the best way to support Trial of Labor.
There are two ways to support us:
1.) Contribute financially - donate an amount you are comfortable with, don't over extend. Every dollar counts.
2.) Send this on to your network of like minded friends. Mass support for this project will help us reach our goal, $1 at a time.
Our Financial Goal
We are now starting to edit the film. To get it done we need $26,000 for B-Roll shoot, an editor, music, sound mix, color correction and mastering costs. But $26,000 is the minimum we will need. With greater support we will be able to extend the scope of the film, polish it further and promote the finished product. Beyond that - to build an online community where mothers can congregate.
So please, support us. Even if we hit our initial goal we can use all the support we can get. Look through the list of awards to the right and find a reward that appeals to you at a level that fits your wallet. Every contribution from small to large will help to put this story on the screen.
Other Ways to Donate
Don't want to use a credit/debit card? Feel free to write a check.
- Write a check to: Dr. Eliot Berlin / Trial Of Labor.
- Send it to: 6221 Whilshire Blvd, Suite # 518, Los Angeles, CA 90048
- We'll make sure you get a receipt for your rewards.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $2 or more
Special mention on our website and our sincere thanks for helping us bring this story to the screen.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $7 or more
Signed postcard of the film and the knowledge that you are part of a film that aims to inspire not only mothers but everyone in our birthing community. (We welcome everyone from overseas and are honored by your participation. We hope you don’t mind adding $5 for shipping outside the continental US).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
Signed postcard of the film and a special mention on our website. PLUS the chance to give the women in the film an opportunity to share their incredibly personal, and equally courageous, journeys with a wide audience. (We welcome everyone from overseas and are honored by your participation. We hope you don’t mind adding $5 for shipping outside the continental US).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
Access to free streaming of the film at time of official release and special mention on our website. PLUS the knowledge that you have supported a film that gives recognition to every woman who has faced uncertainty in the challenge of giving birth.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or more
Special streaming access PRIOR to official release of the film. Special Mention on the website.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $30 or more
Signed DVD of "TRIAL OF LABOR" and special mention on our website. (We welcome everyone from overseas and are honored by your participation. We hope you don’t mind adding $15 for shipping outside the continental US).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
Special mention in the film's credits and a DVD copy of the film or free download at time of the films' DVD release. (We welcome everyone from overseas and are honored by your participation. We hope you don’t mind adding $15 for shipping outside the continental US).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
Special mention in the film's credits, a DVD copy of the film and 2 tickets to a screening. (We welcome everyone from overseas and are honored by your participation. We hope you don’t mind adding $15 for shipping outside the continental US).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
Associate Producer credit in the film PLUS 2 tickets to a screening and a signed DVD copy of the film. (We welcome everyone from overseas and are honored by your participation. We hope you don’t mind adding $15 for shipping outside the continental US).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $750 or more
Associate Producer credit PLUS dinner for 2 with one of the filmmakers in LA or San Francisco plus an Associate Producer credit PLUS 2 tickets to a screening and a signed DVD copy of the film.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
Executive Producer credit PLUS 4 tickets to a screening PLUS a 2 signed DVD copies of the film.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,000 or more
Executive Producer credit PLUS a 2 signed DVD copies of the film PLUS an 4 tickets to a screening and dinner for two with both filmmakers in LA or San Francisco.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $3,000 or more
Executive Producer credit, pre-release streaming, 4 signed DVD copies of the film, Dinner for 2 with the filmmakers in LA or San Francisco, and 8 Screening Tickets.Estimated delivery:
- (43 days)