There is so much beauty and mystery to birth. After having three children, I am amazed at just how different each of their births were, and how, as women we all go through this collective experience differently.
Through the course of the pregnancy journey, we have tools like websites and books, but until now there hasn't been a movie that has connected us all to this incredible and life-changing experience.
During a recent screening of 40 weeks, we enjoyed watching this incredible new documentary that tells the story of real women who are dealing with pregnancy. This includes their week-by-week journey - covering everything from sickness to new sizes to vitamins and the up and downs during this time. While watching the film I was in awe of how raw and real 40 Weeks was as we learned about various families - from single moms to a mom of twins to a mom who has cancer - as they all reveal in the changes of their bodies and the development of the life that is growing inside of them. Through the course of the 40 weeks that I watched with my seven-week-old baby, I loved going along on this journey with the moms as I laughed and cried along the way. Through it all it made me feel less alone in knowing that these women that I never meet had also gone through this collective experience.
Prior to the screening Momtrends had the chance to chat with husband and wife team Christopher Henze and Dominique Debroux, who crated the movie and web-based extension of information to empower, educate and create a sense of community for expectant moms.
The seed was planted when Debroux became pregnant. She was an older mom-to-be with a busy career, her family was far-flung and most of her friend’s childbearing days were long over. Feeling somewhat isolated, she sought a community to connect with.
And so, 40 Weeks was born where over the course of six years Henze and Debroux created Big Belli as a way to produce the film and create a forum where pregnancy can be discussed and shared beyond the movie itself. To make the movie they partnered with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the world's largest nursing authority dedicated to the health of women and babies, HealthyWomen.org, the nation’s leading independent health information source for women, and the March of Dimes, the most respected non-profit organization dedicated to helping moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies to provide expertise and support as you journey through your pregnancy from announcement to birth.
Additionally, moms-to-be can continue to carry on the connection and conversation through their informative website that is filled with expert advice, a forum to ask questions, and much more as your go-to resource during pregnancy.
They also partnered with Gathr to bring screenings to theaters across the country. This allows more people to see the film where you can become a 40 Weeks Champion and hold a screening in your area. Just go to https://www.40weeksthemovie.com/about-movie/find-screening/and sign up. Big Belli and Gathr will support you in reaching out to your friends, family and community to create a successful event.
Check out the official trailer here:
To learn more, please visit http://www.40weeksthemovie.com