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"Why Not Home"


Fri 9 Sep 2016, 7:00pm–9:00pm
Sat 10 Sep 2016, 3:00pm–5:00pm

Where: MAMA Maternity, 13 Coyle Street, Sandringham, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
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Listed by: Denise Hynd

Please note:

Thursday 8th September change of location now MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St Sandringham.

This beautifully made US documentary which follows and asks why US doctors and nurse practitioners are choosing to give birth at home, though they work in maternity hospitals!

These people do not fit the image of home birthers. But many midwives, doctors, and nurses are choosing to give birth at home instead of the hospital.

In her new film called “Why Not Home?” Nurse Practitioner Jessica Moore explores what’s behind their decisions, from an obstetrician's concerns about hospitals’ labor-timing protocols, high rates of infection, induction and cesareans, to an obstetric nurse’s lament about how much time she spends with charts, computers, and paperwork, to others wanting the same caregiver for their entire pregnancy, birth and postpartum period.

Moore, who produced and directed this film, says she created it because she wanted to challenge cultural assumptions about what birth is and what it can be. She hopes the film will serve as a catalyst for change in the US and around the world.

“Women and families deserve to have accurate information and a maternity care system that supports home birth and meets the varied needs and values of each unique family.”

“Why Not Home?” answers many common questions, including:

- Whether birth is safe or better at home.
- Why there is often conflicting data and political agendas surrounding home vs. hospital birth.
- Who should give birth in a hospital?
- Why midwifery care, which can play a key role in healthier births, is marginalized in the U.S. and standard throughout Europe.
- Why US rates for c-sections (now at 32%), as well as maternal and infant mortality, are so poor.
- What are the financial considerations of home vs. hospital birth?
- How we can better integrate home birth into the US medical system.
- And ways to expand homebirth beyond the typical upper-middle-class white woman.

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