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WellNEST 1st Annual MAMA GLOW Film Festival

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Gabrielle Bernstein, Rachel Paletsky, Lathan Thomas

Gabrielle Bernstein, Rachel Paletsky, Lathan Thomas

On Saturday evening, WellNEST hosted the 1st annual MAMA GLOW Film Festival at WellNEST Studio, 51 Division Street in Sag Harbor, which raised funds for Every Mother Counts.

The evening began with Tender Shoots Wellness founder Latham Thomas and WellNEST co-founder Rachel Paletsky introducing the festivals first film, Christy Turlington-Burns’ No Woman, No Cry, by.  With more than 500,000 women dying each year during childbirth (90 percent of which are preventable deaths) this powerful film shares the stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.


Selita Ebanks

Selita Ebanks

The second film, Madame Tizo by David Belle, was introduced by supermodel & founder of Women’s Coalition for Empowerment and Opportunity Selita Ebanks.  This inspiring story of a 100 year old Haitian midwife/leaf doctor known as “Ms. Little Bones” in the town of Jacmel. The portrait of Madame Tizo is one of the rare matriarchs who embraces tradition and whose great influence resonates throughout her community.

Rachel Paletsky, Haley Binn

Rachel Paletsky, Haley Binn

The films were followed by a panel discussion moderated by Niche Media’s Haley Binn with the panel including Latham Thomas, Rebecca Minkoff, Drena DeNiro, Tata Harper & Denise Albert- NBC Moms & The City.  Centering their talks around not only the problems that woman all over the world face, but ways each & every one of us can help, the woman ended the evening on a positive note.

Additional guests that attended the festival included Gabrielle Bernstein, Jeremy Davis, Chloe Davis, Marie Forleo, Constance Saunders, Carie Socol, Juhi Singh, Lyss Stern, Giuliana Torre.

The MAMA GLOW Film Festival was sponsored by wellNEST, Tender Shoots Wellness, The Ash Center for Comprehensive Medicine, Pure Essentials, Mamatini, Kiki De Montparnasse, Rebecca Minkoff, Jay Kos, GAIAM, Dapple, The Juicy Naam, Belly Bandit, G-Diapers, Exhale, Plum Organics, Tata Harper, Girly Girl Army, EGG by Susan Lazar, Moms & the City, Divalysscious Moms, Hot Moms Club & Cord Blood Registry, Basq, The Bump, Choices in Childbirth


ABOUT: Mama Glow is a maternity lifestyle brand created by Latham Thomas, prenatal wellness expert and founder of Tender Shoots Wellness. Mama Glow! is also the title of her forthcoming book on pregnancy and wellness which has been endorsed by wellness giants including Dr. Christiane Northrup, Richard Ash M.D., Frank Lipman M.D, and Kris Carr, and features influential moms like Haley Binn, Veronica Webb, Doutzen Kroes, Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Roy, and many more. The book will be released in September of 2012.

The Mama Glow!™ Film Festival at WellNEST was created by Latham Thomas, along with Haley Binn, mother and contributor for Hamptons Magazine, and Rachel Paletsky, an advocate for integrative alternative medicine practices and founder and creative director of WellNEST and WellNEST Studio.

Gabrielle Bernstein, Richard Ash MD

Gabrielle Bernstein, Richard Ash MD

The idea of creating a positive culture of birth that is empowering for women and families resonates with Haley, Latham, and Rachel. They decided to showcase two films that have taken a tremendous stance in bringing awareness to maternal health and birth options. With gratitude they welcome you to their first annual event honoring women and innate wisdom of the female body. We welcome you in joining them in shifting towards a healthier consciousness around birth.

IMAGES: © 2011 Patrick McMullan

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