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This film follows two best friends as they try to become mothers at 38 and 45. Why have they and so many other women waited so long?
This film follows two best friends as they try to become mothers at 38 and 45. Why have they and so many other women waited so long?
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QUESTION: Why have we and so many other women waited to become mothers?

FILM SUMMARY: Pushing Motherhood is a documentary about Sybil and Linda, best friends on the road to becoming mothers later in their reproductive lives. We follow the two women as they unpack the reasons why they waited so long, and discover both the costs and benefits of deferring motherhood into what medical professionals call “advanced maternal age.”

Sybil, a 38-year-old former professional dancer and recent college graduate, makes the decision to have a baby with her boyfriend. The couple quickly becomes pregnant and welcomes a healthy baby boy into their lives. When their son is less than a year old, the couple looks to become second-time parents. Will they be as lucky the second time around or will they bump into fertility issues now that Sybil has crossed the threshold of turning 40?

Linda, a 45-year-old married dancer turned director who was once content without children, is now attempting to achieve a pregnancy when she and her husband realize this could be their last chance to have a child. After a few unsuccessful months, the couple begins their journey on the infertility track. Will the pair finally become parents or will they choose to resume their lives as happy marrieds sans baby?

Filming our session with fertility coach Molly Nichols of Mind Belly Connection
Filming our session with fertility coach Molly Nichols of Mind Belly Connection

The film also highlights the experiences of other women over 35 that have prioritized their educations and careers, many of which are now looking to become mothers. These women are a varied population; singles and marrieds; those who always wanted and those who never wanted to be mothers; same sex partners on opposite sides of 35; those who got pregnant easily and those that are still struggling; those who have adopted, used surrogates, or employed reproductive technology; and those that are at a crossroads or have missed the window altogether. It is a cross-section of urban 21st Century American women that are facing one of today’s biggest social conundrums. To wait or not to wait?

In its essence, Pushing Motherhood is the social, emotional, and biological journey of today’s woman, that finds education and career locked in a battle against time and fertility.

WHY WE WANTED TO MAKE THIS DOCUMENTARY: Through telling our own stories, our objective is to encourage women to take control of their reproductive lives sooner rather than later. We hope to start a dialogue between women about how to make the often-dueling goals of education, career, relationships, and motherhood come into alignment.

Filming interviews with Dr. Louann Brizendine and author Rachel Lehmann-Haupt in San Francisco
Filming interviews with Dr. Louann Brizendine and author Rachel Lehmann-Haupt in San Francisco

WHY KICKSTARTER: We've completed most of the production phase and need your help in order to begin post-production. The monies would go toward editing, graphics, licensing, music, and the completion of our film.

REACHING OUR GOAL: As we all know, Kickstarter is all or nothing deal, so although we are asking for $50,000, we are hoping to raise $70,000 to cover licensing, promotion, attorney fees, and unforeseen expenses. This project has truly been a labor of love and we would honored, thrilled, and humbled if you decide to join our team and help us finish the film and get the word out to women everywhere. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

With gratitude, Sybil and Linda

SPECIAL THANKS: To all of the women who shared their stories, the experts who shared their time and knowledge, co-producer and editor Brian French, composer Gary Gold, consultant Rachael Campanella, consultant Gibby Cevallos, consultant David Leaf, social media consultant Diane Mizota, camera operator Dr. Tio segment Kristin Richardson, and to our friends and family for loving and supporting us.

Editing movie trailer with co-producer Brian French
Editing movie trailer with co-producer Brian French

FIND US ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PushingMotherhood

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MotherhoodMovie

We would be honored if you would help us spread the word! Here are a few ways you can help:

Tell your friends about our documentary

"Like," Tweet, and share our movie trailer

Post a link to our Kickstarter page on your Facebook and Twitter

"Like" us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter

WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Risks and challenges

Admittedly, documentary filmmaking is inherently an uphill endeavor (miniscule budgets, red tape, and unknowable plot developments). While in post-production, we imagine that there may be unforeseen costs stemming from licensing fees, editing, graphics, additional filming, music, film festival entry fees, and travel.

So, how can you feel confident that we will complete the film? Because this project is truly a labor of love! With that, we pledge to you, our supporters, that we are 100% committed to the timely completion of this documentary. We GUARANTEE that we will continue to employ every ounce of our effort, knowledge, resources, and heart into fulfilling the promise we made to you and ourselves and GUARANTEE that we fill finish this film, come rain or shine!

Secondly, although we are the film's protagonists, this film really isn't about us. It's about the myriad other women around the world that are trying to figure out how, when, and if children fit into the equations of their lives. Our primary goal is to pass on all of the valuable information that we've learned along the way.

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