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INDIE DOCUMENTARY FOCUSES ON BIRTH FROM THE MOM’S POV
Independent filmmakers, Rob Humphreys and Elliot Berlin, have turned to the internet and crowd funding for completion funds for their documentary film ‘Trial of Labor’.
The film centers on four women from the Los Angeles area who volunteered to share their experiences as they approached a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). ‘We conducted the first interviews with the idea that we could use them to cut a trailer and raise money for a film,’ says Humphreys. “What we hadn’t calculated was just how compelling these stories would be.’ So what started as an inquiry soon escalated into a full-blown film production. “ The women were all due within six weeks and all immediately agreed to be part of a bigger film idea and as you can’t stop nature from taking it’s course... we had no choice but to pile in there.'
The producers threw in every favor owed of them, gathered equipment and crew and followed these women through their births.
The story that has emerged is bigger than the story they were initially after. Inspired by the ban on VBACs in many hospital across the country and the rising c-section rates, the producers initially saught to make a piece that, 'weighed out the pros and cons of VBAC, it was going to be quite academic.'