On May 5, 2016, International Day of the Midwife, communities across the US and Canada came together and watched Why Not Home? I was at the Seattle Premiere that night.
It was great to reconnect with some of the film's early supporters and meet many more. The organizers brought together a panel of local experts and worked hard to bring in not only the midwifery and doula community, but the medical community as well.
The result was a packed auditorium and a rich discussion about maternity care and improving birth for women and families across settings.
Suzy posed different questions to each member of the panel and moderated the discussion. Here's what some of the panelists had to say:
I realize not all communities are as open to home birth as the Pacific Northwest, but what happened in Seattle brought the vision I have had for so long to life.
Here was a thoughtful audience of doctors, doulas, midwives, nurses, childbirth educators, expectant parents, and students in conversation and community. Each of them examining what is possible when we ask questions, listen to each other, and work together to make sure that every family has access to quality maternity care and that families are respected and supported in all settings.
The event raised awareness and funds for the Midwives Alliance of Washington State and Bastyr University--and was a whole lot of fun too.
Thanks to everyone who attended and helped organize the event. Special thanks to Bonnie Hussey for the beautiful photography!
We're looking forward to watching more communities use this film as a tool to open the door to respectful communication and collaboration. Thank you Seattle!