On Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m., the Maternal Wellness Center of Belfast will screen the film “Giving Birth” in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. The 36-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion, and refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

“Giving Birth” shows the scientific advantages of normal, natural childbirth; how far away from that model the American birth culture has come; and how to find our way back to it. It also tells the story of one real woman’s journey through pregnancy, birth and new motherhood, and discusses how fathers feel in various kinds of birth experiences.

The film by Suzanne Berthiaume and Suzanne Arms will be followed by a panel discussion with a local Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), a local doula (birth assistant), a local mother who chose to birth at home and a Labor and Delivery Nurse from Waldo County General Hospital.

Ellie Daniels, CPM, and co-owner of Morningstar Midwifery, said “Giving Birth” is a wonderful film for families currently deciding where and how to give birth and also a great tool for beginning important discussions about birth choices in the United States.

“We expect a friendly and lively conversation about these issues. Anyone interested in babies, maternal wellness or health care is welcome to join us,” she said.

The Maternal Wellness Center in Belfast was created in the winter of 2008 with the mission of creating a community-centered, accessible and secure center for multiple uses associated with pregnancy, birth, women’s wellness, parenting support and health and wellness for babies and children. For more information, contact Sarah Carter at 338-0708.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling the library at 594-0310.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.