Preach It!

No one can tell a woman what is best for her and her baby ... waterbirth, homebirth, hospital birth, doctor, midwife, Unassisted Childbirth (UC) or cesarean surgery ... it is for her and her baby to know. The best we can do is support her to access, trust, and know her own inner wisdom and communicate with the Being within her - the One whose birth it is through her womb and the man. - Janel Mirendah, Attachment/Birth trauma therapist, Filmmaker of The Other Side of the Glass.

Watch It! (The Trailer)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Update on the film

Since someone asked, coinciding with recent decisions, I thought I'd just do an update.

Thu Paul asks:  "How and where can I get a copy of this film?"

When distribution happens I will post it here but the actual purchasing will be on my website,

In working through the obstacles (completion details, finances, logistics, technology) of getting this film out there, and extensive researching on online distribution, I've decided to distribute it online prior to DVD production. 

First, I want to honor my commitment to the donors to "be first to get Part One". They will get online access first, before I open it up to the world.  People who donated will always get the best deals and access, and donations are accepted until I am ready to distribute for sell.

$100 donors still get a screening right, a copy, and business name in credits, and online access.
$500 or more are listed Associate Producers.
$1000 or more are listed as Co-Producers.
(listed in credits until it is uploaded, a week or two)

Secondly, I have realized that online download and rental for mobile devices is the way the world is going.

DVD distribution is very intensive and costly, especially the green DVD products I want to do, as plastics in the environment and water quality are a major concerns of mine. 

DVD production requires many steps that is not required to begin online sells, and in the world today, it makes total sense to do online distribution. People can download to their mobile device. I can see that men in particular are more likely to watch when they can, on their mobile device rather than sitting down to watch a DVD.

Thirdly, this film is my deep, deep personal healing story and my family's story.  The plan I am developing allows me to begin distribution, to get it out there, and importantly, to have a sense of control over. This is important to me, as a human being:  while I am still in such a vulnerable place, so impacted by this five year labor and birth;  while I deal with the world's perceptions, expectations, and complaints; and while I process and deal with the personal and financial impact that doing this film continues to have on me and my daughter.   It continues to be the hardest, most amazing, most rewarding thing I've done in my life. It is my life's purpose, and what a blessing to know and do that, and to have so much love and support from around the world.

Lastly, the bottom line is, mostly because of finances, if I don't distribute it online first, the film ain't happening.

The Kickstarter campaign done a year ago was for finishing funds" when I did not yet know that Part One was yet to be birthed in fall and winter, 2012.  Part One, finished in December, will be available online in a membership format. All the donors will have access to it.  I have much to do yet to figure this all out and get it set up online. My learning curve is long. Until and unless an investor or major donor comes along, this is my process.

I am always and forever deeply grateful for and appreciate the people who have made this film possible with their financial gifts. Like pre-viewers say, it's going to change the world, and they say it changes them immediately. That is why I was able to continue, for five years, and why people cared enough to support it.   We will and are making a difference. We will heal earth by healing birth.

I appreciate your patience and support.

1 comment:

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This is so nice of you that you care and think about the things which are often ignored. By making a little contribution to the cause we can make a big difference. Best of luck!

Buy It!

Part One: The Other Side of the Glass: a Birth Film for and About Men officially released in digital download format on June 2, 2013. Go to to purchase a digital download.

Men have been marginalized in birth for a long time. The old joke is that a man was sent off to boil water to keep him busy. I believe they were making the environment safe. Birth moved to hospitals and for forty years women were separated from their partners who was left to wait in smoke filled waiting room. Finally, he would see his baby from "the other side of the glass." Now a man can go in the birthing room and even get to hold his partner's hand during surgery. But they are still marginalized and powerless, according to the fathers I interviewed around the country.

Historically, birth has been defined by the medical establishment. The midwifery and natural birth movement now advocate for need "to educate and prepare men to protect their wife and baby" in medical environment. Seems logical ... if we process with the same illogic that got us here.

Through the voices of men - and doctors and midwives - men share heart-touching stories about how this is not workin' out. A man is also very likely to be disempowered and prevented from connecting with their newborn baby in the first minutes of life.

Now is the time for men to take back birth.

The film is about restoring our families, society, and world through birthing wanted, loved, protected, and nurtured males (and females, of course). It's about empowering males to support the females to birth humanity safely, lovingly, and consciously.

Donors, check your emails or email me at for info to download. Release on DVD is not planned at this date.

FREE online! watch Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 10 at

"Doctor's Voices" - Stuart Fischbein, MD - Part 1

Doctor's Voices - Michael Odent, MD

Human Rights Violations

Resources - Healing Birth Trauma

"The Other Side of the Glass" has the potential to open up feelings that have been denied and ignored for a very long time. How to heal the trauma of birth at any age will be addressed in the film. Meanwhile, these are pioneers in the field.

Raymond Castellino and Mary Jackson -

David Chamberlain, Ph.D. -

Judith Cohen -

Myrna Martin -

Karen Melton -

Wendy McCord, Ph.D. -

Wendy McCarty, Ph.D. -

And, many, many more all over the world at
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Be the spark, especially when it's dark.

--Note from the Universe,

"Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so children have very little time with their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world." - Mother Theresa