Film Project


“Every woman should see this film in their antenatal education programs. This beautiful film shows the essential elements to support normal healthy births – skilled midwives you know and trust who understand what you want, a cosy and safe environment, a supportive caring partner and positive energy all around you.” 

Caroline Homer, President: Australian College of Midwives


To purchase the DVD, please 

            PURCHASE HERE $ 50 for the DVD (individual educational license)

                                                          $ 150 for for a University or College!



   To make a tax deductible donation to our project, please

             DONATE HERE  

Health professionals will be provided with free resource material/DVD as part of our education campaign


is a heartfelt and informative film. It provides an insight into the beautiful and empowering journey associated with a vaginal birth and reflects the profound contribution of midwives in supporting Normal Birth Outcomes.
It is the story of Julia, a happy healthy woman, who is pregnant with her third child after having delivered two children ‘naturally’ at an Australian Hospital.

This film has been designed to become a valuable educational tool for antenatal classes and pregnancy workshops. When a woman sees another woman give birth, it reminds her that she can do it too! This film aims to support women to trust in the normal birth option, as evidence says it is the best for mother and baby. “The magic of these stunning images and the true recount of her beautiful birth will inspire every viewer and give deeper insight into the power of a woman’s innate ability and the miracle of birth.” Karin Ecker, producer of this film


After having received 48 million hits on YouTube for my former birth film ‘A BREECH IN THE SYSTEM’ (which has become a popular teaching resource in midwifery education , I realised how powerful a personal story can be in encouraging other women to believe in themselves. Women find refuge in another woman’s story, especially if it is a positive one. Negative stories of childbirth create fear. It is culturally important to promote normal birth as a positive experience by allowing women to witness another woman giving birth. The aim of making this film is to inspire women to trust in their body’s innate ability to give birth and feel empowered  to:

  • Educate themselves of available birth options to them
  • Take charge of their birth process by making informed decisions
  • Search for the support they need to feel safe and experience a stress free labour and birth
  • Creating the best outcome for her and the baby
By showing this film, you are encouraging mothers to choose their babies being born into this world in a loving and supported way.

“A well made documentary offers the visual specificity, immediacy and emotional weight which for some people makes all the difference between an academically interesting subject, and a profound, unforgettable, human experience.” Shannon Kelley, Associate Director of the Sundance Documentary Program

I am really looking forward to having this resource, both for supporting women, teaching and inspiring midwives. I know this film will be an important contribution to childbirth in Australia and I support it wholeheartedly and encourage those approached for support to also get behind this exciting project.”  Hannah Dahlen, Professor of Midwifery, Australian College of Midwifes, Deputy High Degree Research Director, University of Western Sydney

TO CONTRIBUTE TO this VISION,  please DONATE HERE All donations via our DAF (Documentary Australia Foundation) page RECEIVE TAX DEDUCTIBLE STATUS!


It is very important culturally that we tell positive stories of natural/normal birth.  This impacts our society on a wider social level. ‘One Birth at a Time – Towards Normal Birth‘ advocates a Midwifery Model of Care, representing a supporting partnership with a trusted health carer through the pregnancy and birth. Australian studies show that this model is associated with lower rates of caesarean section and therefore a higher rate of normal birth. Normal birth ensures a happy start into parenting, which results into a harmonious family life. The aim is for this film to be shown to  women during antenatal classes within Australia. (affecting potentially 300,000 babies a year just in Australia) Imagine how it could influence on a global scale! This new film showing Julia’s beautiful birth will benefit every woman and baby. Confidence-1

This social movement aims to change the intervention rate as well as c/section rate of women in hospitals and re-introduces normal birth as standard practice. 33% of women in Australia experience a cesarean section. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states,  it should be around  10% – 15%.   The distribution of the film will be through government agencies such as:

  • Birthing hospitals will show it to pregnant women during antenatal care education
  • Allied health care providers (doctors, midwifes, alternative health professionals..)
  • The tertiary educational system for midwifes, such as Universities and Colleges
  • At conferences and relevant events

It is also likely to be an important teaching resource for midwifery and medical students as they learn about the experiences of women and their families.” Caroline Homer, Professor of Midwifery at UTS Sydney; Director of the Centre of Midwifery, Child and Family Health; Associate Dean (International & Development); Associate Head, WHO Collaborating Centre of Nursing – The Australian College of Midwives is assisting with the promotion of the film and invites Karin to consider launching or at least screening the film at our national conference on the Gold Coast in October 2015. I am sure it will be welcomed by the midwifery community”. Ann Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer, Australian College of Midwives Screenings within Australia and overseas at Medical Conferences, inviting experts to participate in panel discussions that explore current childbirth practices in medical/hospital systems, such as:

  • The Australian College of Midwives in October 2015′
  • ‘Passage to Motherhood’ Conference in May 2015, Brisbane
  • ‘Normal Birth Conference’ in June, U.K.
  • ‘Making a Difference’ ACM Conference in October, Gold Coast
  • “Raising the Stakes’ Lamaze and ICEA Conference in September, Las Vegas

“As a film that supports women’s choices, we are very excited to be playing a role in spreading this vital message further into our society via this film”. Sally Cusack, Maternity Choices Australia

  • Screenings in different states of Australia by the different branches of the Consumer Group ‘Birth Choices’,
  • Panel discussions incorporated, featuring experts from the medical profession and consumers

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE FILM MAKER KARIN ECKER After having self funded the 11 months production of this Film, your contribution will help with paying off the following:

·         Fine edit of the film including sound editing/enhancing and grading

·         Collecting further interviews for this version as well as voice over sections

·         Paying the licensing costs for images and music

·         Finalise talent costs

·         Production and printing of DVD version with extras

·         Marketing and Publicity of the film including touring and submissions

  • research and pre-production of the longer feature length documentary will start going into production and additional funding will be sought. This will shine a light on different birth options and how everyone can work together to support the woman and baby to achieve best outcome.
The link will send you to our donations page on DAF.
All donations via our DAF page are tax deductible for Australian residents. By donating to this film you are becoming a vital contributor to women’s empowerment for the most ideal birth scenario.

A Breech in the System “My former birth documentary  ‘A Breech in the System’ has now reached over 48 MILLION Hits on YOUTUBE. The film has also become a teaching resource in many Colleges and Universities throughout the world. I was touched by the personal feedback how my story has transformed the lives of may women. Recently I have been asked to make a new film about a normal birth within the medical system, due to a shortage of good educational resources. 10 months ago I began the production of this new film ‘One Birth at a Time – Towards Normal Birth'”.

Producer and Director Karin Ecker, has a long history in successful film-making, having produced films about social issues for TV in Europe since 2002, e.g. producing an educational film project for schools funded by the Austrian Ministry of Education featuring the environmental challenges of the Oceanic Environment presenting solution in by promoting cross curriculum school projects. Since her migration to Australia, her professional interest has focused on birth issues after she produced a documentary about the birth of her own child, (co-funded by the Austrian TV Channel ‘BR ALPHA’)

A Breech in the System’, has been acknowledged to have initiated social change within the birthing community in Australia and overseas. It was screened in the USA, Europe and Asia by medical and consumer groups. The YouTube Trailer attracted 48 MILLION HITS and she received feedback from women and health professionals all over the world about how the film had changed their lives.

A Breech in the System” is highly regarded and used widely as a teaching tool by midwifes and obstetricians. It is always the most popular of the birth films midwifery students get to see. Women find this film inspiring and feel a strong rust in birth after viewing it. “ Hannah Dahlen, College of Midwives.” Hannah Dahlen, Professor of Midwifery, Deputy High Degree Research Director, University of Western Sydney

This production is excellent, making the film a joy to watch. I can best describe this film as a vital and stunning contribution for all humankind allowing us all to witness with absolute clarity the entry to our world of one human soul in a unique way.” Jannine Barron Nature’s Child

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