Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Documentary on Mature Mothers

Blast! Films is making a documentary about late motherhood for Channel 4, a British TV channel with a reputation for their high quality factual programming.

We want to highlight and celebrate some of the amazing stories of women having children later in life. To do so we need to speak to the families who chose to do this and the doctors who make it possible. We believe that a documentary showing what motivates women to become mothers later in life will act as an inspiration and reassurance to many ‘older mums’ in the future.

I am a researcher who would like to speak to women over 48 who are either; going through assisted conception treatment; or lucky enough to be expecting babies. We appreciate that the process is a personal one, so at the moment, I would like to talk to women off-the-record and in confidence on the phone. Speaking to me does not involve a commitment to being filmed. But, speaking to me could help us to make a sensitive and thorough documentary which takes a more compassionate look at this area than we often see in the media.

Blast! Films are a highly respected TV and film production company with a reputation for making films about timely and delicate issues. We have won many awards – most recently a BAFTA for the cinema release Hunger, a drama about the Bobby Sands hunger strike.
If you would be willing to help with my research then please contact me, Faye Hamilton in confidence:

From the UK: 02072674260 07870 698 149
From anywhere else: 004420 7267 4260, 00447870 698149
E-mail: [email protected]

I think this is a worthwhile project. I feel that mature mothers often make better parents . They are older and wiser - and most of the older women who approach us are smart, articulate, well-settled and affluential - people who know their own minds and are willing to think out of the box. Unfortunately, most people still have a very prejudiced view and feel that it's "unnatural" to help older women to have babies. We need women who would like to present their point of view !

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