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Forum staff reports, Published June 16 2009

Show tracks home births

A Fargo video company produced a reality program that will air on Discovery Health tonight.

Video Arts Studios researched, wrote, filmed and edited “Births Beyond Belief,” an hourlong program that follows three mothers through home birth.

The show features mothers from Hawaii, New Jersey and Los Angeles, including the full-time chef for Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. One of the births took place in a remote yurt, or Mongolian tent, without running water or electricity.

In 2005, Video Arts produced its first prime-time cable project for Discovery Health, a 26-episode series “House of Babies,” about a midwifery clinic.

The company has also produced six episodes of “MonsterQuest” for the History Channel in collaboration with White Wolf Entertainment out of Minneapolis.

“We’re very excited because this is one we actually pitched, did all the research and executed as well,” says Mary Ann Phillips, vice president of Video Arts. “It’s our homegrown idea.”

“Births Beyond Belief” will premiere at 7 tonight on Discovery Health, which is featuring pregnancy- and baby-related programming all this week.

Discovery Health is channel 323 on CableOne in Fargo, channel 189 on Dish Network and channel 279 on DIRECTV.

Phillips says the program has been advertised on The Learning Channel, a popular cable network.

“We’re hoping that TLC is interested in it,” she says. “If it gets good numbers, they could commission a series, which would be great.”