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Why Not Home? is a thoughtful look at complex issues. It’s down to earth style puts a human spin on the contentious topic of home birth. I hope that every expectant parent, as well as medical and nursing students see this film. There is something for everyone in this beautifully done film.
Why Not Home captures the beauty of natural birth in a way that is so hard to articulate. It shows inspiring stories of how medical professionals can collaborate to make birth better, and how women can be empowered in the process. Medical professionals and women need to see this film because it demonstrates what some of us already know, low risk birth should be considered simple and normal.
That you braved the numbers, and did so in a clear way that did not seem lecture-ish or dry is amazing, and grounds your points from the individual ‘n of 1’ experiences of each woman in the film.
Before watching Why Not Home? home birth felt like a distant and grey option. Now, my partner and I feel the option is accessible and if we choose home birth, we will be approaching it with knowledge and information
This beautifully made film answers the question that so many medical professionals ask with incredulity, “Why would anyone choose to have their baby AT HOME?” by sharing the stories of several of the filmmakers own colleagues who made the unconventional choice to give birth outside of the hospital. The families featured in Why Not Home—obstetricians, nurse-practitioners, family physicians—know well the landscape of hospital-based birth: the routine interventions, the stress and difficulty of making autonomous decisions within an institutional setting, the time constraints imposed on laboring women. But so often when a couple chooses to birth at home, they are accused by the medical community, as well as by friends and family, of putting their own needs ahead of their baby’s safety. What this film shows is that one does not have to compromise safety in order to have a powerful, intimate, family-centered birth experience. Home birth IS safe when healthy, low-risk pregnant people are attended to by experienced, well-trained midwives and other birth professionals with ready access to hospitals if the need arises. I believe this lovely and articulate film will change the conversation and open up greater inquiry within the hospitals and medical schools in which the filmmaker intends to screen “Why Not Home?” The public will surely benefit as well.
I am a new RN working in Labor and Delivery and this movie was incredibly informative and eye opening about the different ways to have a baby. I was reminded of the true beauty and miracle of childbirth and was inspired to learn more about home births.
Why Not Home? presents the stories of women who work in the hospital labor unit, yet chose to birth at home. The stories are told beautifully in a fair and balanced way. It deserves to be seen so all pregnant women can be better informed and make the best choice for them.
Great film, very moving, I want my husband and skeptics to watch it!
Why Not Home? is a ground-breaking work. Doctors, nurses, and midwives practicing within American hospitals take audiences on a deeply moving and personal journey. They share with intelligence and vulnerability their process for choosing to birth at home and the challenges they face in our current system. These care providers offer an insightful and balanced look at out of hospital birth without the polemic attacks the media and the internet tend to sensationalize. Why Not Home? is what we have been waiting for to elevate the dialogue about improving our maternity care system.