In 1963, filmmaker Judith Helfand‘s mother was prescribed the drug Diethylstilbestrol (DES), meant to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy baby.
In 1990, at age twenty-five, Judith was diagnosed with DES-linked cervical clear cell adenocarcinoma (CCA) . She went home to her family to heal from a radical hysterectomy, grabbed a camera and created a video-diary of her life after surgery.
YouTube video by Cinedigm published on 4 Apr 2014.
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Expected Release: May 06, 2014.
- A Healthy Baby Girl is an inter-generational story of one family’s response to an ethical and technological crisis, experienced from their home in Merrick, Long Island. Intimate and humorous, it’s also a searing exploration of what happens when science, marketing, and corporate power enter our deepest family relationships.
Judith‘s video diary, A Healthy Baby Girl, was shot over five years and goes beyond loss to document mother-daughter love, family renewal, survival, political awakening, and community activism.
More DES DiEthylStilbestrol Resources
- DES studies on cancers and screening.
- DES studies on epigenetics and transgenerational effects.
- DES studies on fertility and pregnancy.
- DES studies on gender identity and psychological health.
- DES studies on in-utero exposure to DES and side-effects.
- DES studies on the genital tract.
- Papers on DES lawsuits.
- DES videos and posts tagged DES, the DES-exposed, DES victims.