‘Face Of Birth’ is a documentary about choices in pregnancy and childbirth.
Scientific evidence shows that where and how we are born has a huge impact on our health and happiness - as babies, children and for the rest of our lives. This is a film about families who actively explore the options of where to give birth, the midwives and health professionals who support them but a system that sometimes works against them.
‘Face Of Birth’ examines the politics, and challenges modern assumptions around risk and notions of ‘safety’ as well as commonly held fears around birth. It follows the diverse, heart-warming and sometimes heart-wrenching stories of a handful of parents as they delve into the plethora of information and opinions about how best to birth their babies.
Material from interviews with international birth experts, including authors of childbirth books - Sheila Kitzinger, Michel Odent and Ina May Gaskin - are used in response to issues raised by the women’s tales.
While the film moves between Australia and the UK, the issues raised are very relevant to New Zealand and the current global birthing culture.
Included is a unique exploration of birth issues for Aboriginal Australians which is relevant for colonized indigenous peoples worldwide.
Beautifully shot and openly revealing, ‘Face Of Birth’ explores all the things we do not know about birth and the power of informed choice.
Auckland screenings being organised by the Auckland Support Group of HomeBirth Aotearoa.
For bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.homebirth.co.nz.
For information about screenings around New Zealand go to the website.