"If we want peace in the world,
we also have to let our children be born in peace."
Angelina Martinez Miranda

Monday, February 27, 2017

WARNING!!!!! Be aware of this woman

To all Tree Of Life Video followers, friends and midwives that have watched my movie, Born In Mexico since 2010, this is a warning from serious threats I'm victim of since a couple of days from a woman called Mayella Almazan living in Ireland.
Since a couple of days she's harassing me with hundreds of messages ( see previous posts just below her picture) wanting me to delete my own work and my videos from YouTube. She's pretending I'm not allowed to show the Closing Ceremony with the Rebozo, even if recorded in Temixco with the approval of both Angelina Martinez Miranda and the mother that gave birth in my video, Azucena because, according to her, there are people that can get inspired from these images and they would publish their own books. But instead of admonishing those people she's accusing me for what they do! Both Angelina and Azucena signed the copyrights form allowing me to use these images to create educational media support and to make a video that then became Born In Mexico.
As Mayella Almazan is now trying tu publish her own book about the rebozo, inspired by the teachings of Angelina Martinez, she wants to shut down all the people that have already made researches in the same field. And that's only because she wants to take advantage and profit of all this ancient knowledge and make people referring only to HER so people will only buy her book.
If you're also concerned about this misleading behaviour and want to stand against her harassements, you can report her Facebook profile to your friend and let people know what she's trying to do.

Thank you for your kind support

The day someone you never met in your life drops out of nowhere and ask you to delete your own work !!!! WTF!!

on September 21st Mayella wrote this message to me:

Hello Maurizio
my name is Mayella Almazan, I am a Mexican student of Angelina Martinez and workshop organiser
Angelina has recently signed a book contract to publish her indigenous midwifery skills and because of contractual obligations, she is no longer allowed because of her contract to let people video or record her in her workshops.

I am helping her get this message across to her workshop organisers and have noticed that a video of yours is used a lot on Facebook
not only to promote the workshops but unfortunately is also being used by many people online to teach the Closing ceremony without Angelina´s permission.
Can I please kindly ask you to delete it permanently from YouTube?
We are trying to protect Angelina´s work and need to ensure all videos depicting her methods and procedures are not found online so the book publishers don´t get all legal and upset.
I thank you very much on behalf of Angelina
And that was my answer
"Querida Mayella,
that closing ceremony with Angelina was recorded in 2010 for a documentary that I made with her permission!!! I don’t recall of having seen you during that ceremony.
As she signed the copyright form and authorized me to be the main owner of these images on that movie, I don’t think you’re in the right position to ask me to delete my own work.
Besides, if she’s recently signed a book contract with you, but after 2010, and because of that contractual obligations she’s no longer allowed to be recorded during her workshops, these obligations only concern you and Angelina since the day you both signed them. I didn’t breech any contract with you! Be careful with the words you use!!! Moreover, if you’re really sensitive to the Mexican Midwifery, that should not raise grievance against other people that also care about the same cause as you . Otherwise that only smells business and own profit.
Kind regards
"Hello Maurizio
I am not saying you are breeching any contracts
I am suggesting you kindly remove the video
I know Angelina had a contract with you for the video
And Angelina has had many students in her house throughout the years, some of which visited a long time ago.
I am inviting you to help protect her wisdom by removing the video of a ceremony which is included in her upcoming book.
Not because you may have no rights to it, because you say you do, but because this video being online makes people believe they can publish books themselves about it just because they see your video.
I am appealing to your heart, rather than your brain.
People ARE watching videos of her online and then publishing books saying they are experts on this things
and this is a sad reality.
These people are making money out of this and not giving Angelina credit nor money either.
I hope I have explained myself better now.
Thanks for your time"

"Dear Mayella, since I also work with couples and pregnant women, my heart goes together with my brain. If Angelina needs me to do something for her, she only has to write me.
It's quite disturbing for me to respond to someone I never met and that has never seen my work
I'm not responsible for what other people do. My intentions are to promote ancestral wisdom and ancient knolwedge in traditional midwifery. And to me, Angelina is one of the most inspiring and genuine people in that field. If there are people that want to make profit with her work by making books you should appeal to THEM not me. I'm ok with my life and my work and I'm not causing harm to anyone."

Monday, September 7, 2015

How Born In Mexico was actually born?

 How Born In Mexico was actually born? Why vote for this movie? The following video is a personal investigation i started on my own when I was in Mexico in 2010 and that it didn't became what it actually could... and you'll understand why.

Comment le film de Born In Mexico est né vraiment? Pourquoi voter pour ce film? Voici une recherche personnelle que j'ai commencé au Mexique et qui n'as pas pu devenir ce qu'il aurait pu... vous comprendrez pourquoi.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Closing Cycle Ceremony with Angelina Martinez

Hi there,
Sonya Duffee, a doula from Edmonton, Canada, kindly requested me to share this little sequence extracted from the DVD Born In Mexico. It's a good idea and I thank her, cause here you can see a very important moment of the special care given by the mexican traditional midwife Angelina Martinez to her pregnant women after they have given birth.
The closing cycle ceremony with the herbal bath and the closing hip massage with rebozo benefits the body of the mother, as Angelina explains it. In fact that allows the new mother to experience a deep feeling of gratefulness to her body and to herself as well, as a giver of life for the work that she and her body just did together. This ceremony benefits mothers and give them a great sensation, either physical and spiritual, of completing the cycle of life since the very beginning of their pregnancy till they give birth. This Ceremony's always performed with extremely gentleness and respect by Angelina. Hope you'll enjoy it. Feel free to share with your colleagues and to tip it if you're in the mood of ;-)

Wish you a good life
Tree of Life Video

Friday, September 27, 2013

Saying goodbye to Born In Mexico

Dear friends,
I hope you are all well despite all the social, economic and political turbulences that are invading more and more our daily lives. As the nature of the Great Mother teaches us, if we stay connected to it with genuineness and harmony, there is no shadow or chaos that can pull us out from the balance of Life. Everything will find its right anchor point. Let our natural process of life not be diverted from the disorder and confusion of others'.

Today's post is to announce you that from now you can no longer buy the DVD Born In Mexico on Tree of Life Video's blog. Since its first production, in 2010, have been sold, given away and distributed more than 150 copies around the world. For my part, unless there will be a massive demand for a new edition of the DVD, I do not think I'll make another production of Born In Mexico. However, I wanted to thank Niko Palmer and her Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth ASAC in Alberta (Canada) for their openness and trust they have shown in my project of educational video . In fact, many of you may not know it yet, but since February 2013, Tree of Life Video in partnership with ASAC, are focused on Increasing the funding for midwives in Alberta. As Niko Palmer says : "The current contract does not permit all midwives to work there full time Although the demand for midwifery care is there". Hence, for those who live in Canada and U.S., you can support the work of midwives in Alberta by purchasing copies of the DVD directly to ASAC. You can apply by e-mail from the contact page set in ASAC's website. This money will go particularly to the benefit of local projects in the community of Edmonton. In this video made last August is shown more in detail the current situation that Midwives are living in Alberta.

For my part, I will leave for a while the Midwives's world to explore other aspects of Traditional Medicine in the world. I would like, during this new time that will come, to come back to you with a new video project with more beautiful stories of people that I will find on my path. I thank all those who bought Born In Mexico so far and / or participated in the screenings. Thank you for your support and kindness you have shown to my work. As soon as I can I will keep track of when the money collected for the birth center in Tepoztlan for Angelina will be sent.

With warm friendship 
Maurizio Parrò
Tree of Life Video Art Director

Friday, September 6, 2013

A feedback from Edmonton

Thank you Heidi for your precious feedback.

"Thanks so much for all your help. I picked up the video from Niko after attending a beautiful water birth in hospital. I was able to watch your video today and love that it is in Spanish. It will be great for some of our clients to be able to have a video in their native tongue. It was great to see such a true representation of what labor is like. I loved seeing Lina at work and watching the laboring mom go through the many different emotions she experienced. Every pregnant mom should watch this! (...)
Thanks for taking the time to make such an amazing video."

Heidi Louise Coughlin, RN, RM
Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)
HOPE Midwives

Monday, June 24, 2013

News from Alberta

Greetings to everybody,
It's been very looong time I haven't post new stuff on this page. Today I just wish to thank Niko Palmer and all ASAC Midwives and families in Alberta (Canada) http://asac.ab.ca/
for their engagement for a safe childbirth in Alberta. They recently had a screening of Born In Mexico in Alberta which helped us to raise 170 US Dollars for the Birth Center in Tepoztlan. In fact, since my last trip to Canada in winter time, Tree Of Life Video has offered a box of DVDs to ASAC to sharing a raising fund campaign to support both ASAC Midwives in Alberta and Angelina Birth Center in Tepoztlan.

Thanks to their commitment they made possible to get closer to our goal to reach 2500 US for the Birth Center in Tepoztlan.
Please make follow this post, share it with your friends and colleagues and help us to raise more money. 
In addition, If you would like to sign and spread their petition to increase funding for midwives in Alberta, here it is: http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/a-midwife-for-every-woman-who-wants-one

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Fundraising Campaign for the Birth Center in Tepoztlan

Hi folks,
Merry Christmas to everybody! Last night I created a new fundraising campaign page on GoFundMe.com to help Angelina Martinez to build a new Birth Center in Tepoztlan, Mexico. I wish you can participate, even with a small contribution in this campaing and share this link also with your friends in facebook.
Our goal for 2013 is to reach the amount of 2'500 USD so that we can build a new and safe place for Angelina in her community in Tepoztlan and allow the future mexican babies to be born in peace in her hands.
Please give whatever you can to make this dream to be possible. Share with your friends and let them know about it.
All donors will be informed by e-mail once we'll have reached our goal.
Thanks to all people who have bought a copy of the DVD Born In Mexico this year, since june 2012, we were able to raise only 92.50 US Dollars for the Birth Center in Tepoztlan. There's still much to do and there are still 61 copies left.
For those who still don't know what this project is all about and why we are doing it please read the August 18th post.
If you wish to donate please do it here http://www.gofundme.com/BirthCenter-Tepoztlan
Wish you a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hugging Montréal

Hi everyone,

Hope there are still some people out there that have survived at the End of the World as it was predicted by Mayas for this last December 21st!
I'm currently in Montréal now, still alive, happy and so relieved to have left behind me the Hudson Valley in NY. So far I'm enjoying this very beautiful and amazing city. People are so friendly and lovely. Yesterday, with a bunch of friends we participated at a Free Hughs event in Mont-Royal, right in front of the Metro Station place. It was so nice to share so much love and warmth with people of all ages. From the 4 years young kids running with opened arms and a big smile on their eyes, to the 78 years old native woman almost crying and surprised to receive so many hughs from so many strangers.

I feel so grateful and blessed to be here and to be still committed with myself and my dreams as I've planned since before my departure from Switzerland. Coming back to our latest news concerning Born In Mexico I just wanted to tell you that there won't be another re-edition next year of the DVD nor in the future. So you can order now 1 of the last 62 copies of Born In Mexico left. In fact I decided that it's time for me to leave this project behind to its past and go further if I want to realize new videos for other Indigenous Communities. By now I'm just waiting to sell everything out before send the money raised to Angelina.
Canada seems to me an amazing place to meet aboriginal peoples from first nations and acknowledge their ancient traditions. I feel there's so much to learn from them. I also remind you that as a Midwifery School or Birth Center, you can buy more copies if you want at a more advantage price. Just write me an email for further information and conditions of this facility.

Tree of Life-Video wishes you a very joyful Christmas and a peaceful 2013. May this New Year bring us more clarity and more consciousness in our relationships, whether with ourselves, with our loved ones, with the nature that surrounds us and with the new babies that are waiting for a more respectful and loving humanity.

Sweet Hugs, Maurizio

 Thanks to the photograph Valerie Rosen for these beautiful pictures. You can see more of her amazing work on her website and facebook page:

Website: http://www.valerierosen.500px.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Valerie-Rosen-Photography/171299652912697

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Display Visits Report on Tree of Life Video blog

Hi there!
I just wanted to show you the latest report of the last visits occurred since June 2012 (the day Born In Mexico came out on DVD) to date.

Thanks to ShinyStat it is possible to list and display all the countries, the frequency, the number of pages visited and all the referrers that show, when, how long and where all visits on Tree of Life Video blog come from.

So, it's very cool to see visits from really all over the world. We have people from Japan, India, Philippines, Mexico, South-America, Oceania, Kazhakistan....
and it seems also some "Undefined" countries... which it's really weird. 

USA and Switzerland contest the record of visits with USA leading with only 1.64% more than the Swiss.

Well, it's not a contest actually! It's just a report... and it's really fun.

So thank you again to everybody and please, don't come just visiting and leave the blog

It's really important for EVERYBODY to know your opinion, your projects and everything you know about childbirth situation in your country. It's really important to SHARE guys this informations cause that's what will allow us to let other people know and bring new changes.

We have to stop to live in this kind of CONSUMER SOCIETY. Use this blog for your own information and to enrich your knowledge and other's. Babies are coming in this world in just 20 minutes! This is not physiology! This is just our CONSUMER SOCIETY that thinks that pregnant women don't need to take all the time they need to really feel their labor, to communicate with their baby letting her to follow the natural process of birth.

A baby lives inside the womb of his mother for 9 months without rushing! It has no hurry. Why do we have it?
There are women at their 3rd, 4th month pregnant already asking and programming for a C-section without ever having thought in the possibility to give birth naturally! Why? I guess many may answer because of the pain, or because of the risks and so on... I'm not totally sure that this is the only reason. I think it's something much deeper, inside our body consciousness. We can always debate about it, sure. Everybody has its own opinion. Nobody can really tell us what it's right or wrong but at least we can TRY to make the difference without playing always as victims!

Don't be shy!! This is a safe place to share and as you may see, there are people from all over the planet coming here. Take this as an advantage to spread to others what is going on in your neighborhood, your communities, your village, your town...

Whishing you all the best... always