Cambridge Documentary Films | Our Films | BirthMarkings


BirthMarkings is a 19 minute documentary about how giving birth transforms our bodies. The film reframes and destabilizes the observer’s reaction to the changes in a woman’s body after she’s given birth. The Film refocuses on the dynamism and lives experiences rather than the commodified image. Women talk with ambivalence, humor and love about the scars, marks and stretched skin that brands them as mothers.

What they say about “BirthMarkings”

“A beautiful and very important film.”

Cornelia vanderZeil, MD, author, Big Beautiful and Pregnant

“Startlingly original…Fantastic to use in women and gender studies.” Robbie Pfeufer Kahn, Professor of Sociology, UVM, author of Bearing Meaning: The Language of Birth

“Understanding and loving our post-birth bodies is an essential part of childbirth education. What our media culture pushes as a problem, This film reframes as a path to appreciation and thankfulness. The film opens our eyes with beauty, grace and profound emotional understanding.”

Judy Norsigian, executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves

Awards and Screenings

Winner of Best Documentary, Ovation Film Festival

Screened at numerous festivals including:

The International Museum of Women

New England Film Festival Online

The LA Short Film Festival

The Real to Reel Film Festival

The Edmonton Film Festival

The Provincetown Film Festival

The Best of Fest Film Festival


The Boston Museum of Fine Arts

The Women’s Media Action Film Festival

Community Choice Selection

via Cambridge Documentary Films | Our Films | BirthMarkings.


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