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The Face Of Birth - Red Carpet Premiere

The Face of Birth

The Face Of Birth
A film about pregnancy, childbirth and the power of choice.

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond presented the Red Carpet Premiere of The Face of Birth in Sydney at Event Cinemas, Parramatta. We enjoyed a drink and some canapés on arrival in the Gold Class lounge. We listened to wonderful guest speakers following the screening.

If you missed PBB's screening you can see it on Friday 23rd of March. The University of Western Sydney School of Nursing and Midwifery is hosting a premier screening of the Face of Birth following their conference "Place of Birth: Models of Care". For more information about the screening and conference email Holly Priddis or download the conference brochure.

Alternatively to find a screening close to use visit the Face of Birth Website.

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"Last night I attended the premier of Face Of Birth and all I can say is go see it! It's not just about homebirth, it's about strong informed women making decisions in a system that doesn't support women, it's about the culture of fear and risk in maternity, there's a lot about how birth experiences affect mothers mental health and how it is important how our babies are born. I can not emphasise enough how important this film is to women such as yourselves aiming to change birth outcomes in our maternity climate."

"It was an amazing film and a wonderful night!"

"Amazing film! I felt lucky to be there among so many women and men passionate about women's choice in birth."

Face of Birth - Red Carpet Premiere

Thanks Nicole for the photographs from www.seedphotography.com.au

Guest Speakers

Noni Hazlehurst Dr Andrew Bisits Hannah Dahlen - Midwife Kate Gorman Gavin Banks
 Noni Hazlehurst  Andrew Bisits  Hannah Dahlen  Kate Gorman  Gavin Banks

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About the Documentary

Three years in the making, filmed across the globe from London to Alice Springs, The Face Of Birth is a moving documentary with vital information for anyone considering giving birth in Australia today.

In 2009 it nearly became illegal in Australia to have a homebirth. Three years later in 2012 the amount of women choosing a home birth has doubled! Who are these women and why are the government and medical establishment so against them?

Following the diverse heart warming and sometimes heart wrenching stories of a hand full of home birth mothers as they guide us through the plethora of information and opinions about where to give birth and with whom. The films helps sort out fact from fiction around the politics, risks, safety and fear in birth.

Over 25 of the world top birth experts were interviewed, including the famed Sheila Kitzinger author of over 26 books on pregnancy and childbirth, and the founder of modern midwifery in the USA; Ina May Gaskin.

We hear from Australian pro home birth obstetricians Euan Wallace and Andrew Bisits, both doctors have started up hospital run home birth pilot programs. And on the other side of the birth pool debate, Dr Rupert Sherwood, who is the president of RANZCOG ( Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecology) the college to which they all belong that doesn’t support home birth.

Our diverse home birth mothers include AFI award winning actress Noni Hazlehurst. She’s know by one generation from Playschool and another from City Homicide, but do her fans know why she chose a home birth?

Mother and doctor Sarah Renwick Lau, chose a home birth for her second child after her first baby was delivered by C-section at maternity hospital in Darwin where she also worked. It seems her independent midwife gave much better care than her colleagues at the hospital.

And young Aboriginal mum Tanya Kunoth, from the remote community Utopia in central Australia, who had two babies in hospital and two babies on country, she shares why it’s so important for her to be able to birth on her land, and why for her home felt safer than in hospital.

Beautifully shot and openly revealing, The Face Of Birth tells about all the things we never knew about birth and the power of choice.

» View the Face of Birth Website


7 comment(s) on this page. Add your own comment below.

Lorraine Harding
Jan 24, 2012 11:03pm [ 1 ]

I'm finding it very difficult to type because I still have tears rolling down my face after watching the Face of Birth trailer. My first child was a hospital birth and I'm convinced I had undiagnosed PTSD after it. I certainly was diagnosed with PND. My second child was a planned home birth, she turned 17 last week. Her birth was the most beautiful moment in my life. My third child was a planned home birth that ended up being a C section in hospital. My home birth midwife took control in the hospital, but not from me, for me. I have never had one angry thought about that birth. I can still get upset over the first one even though it was nearly 19 years ago.

Robyn Osborn
Jan 25, 2012 10:40am [ 2 ]

are there plans for screenign in Brisbane?

Jan 25, 2012 11:08am [ 3 ]

Dear Lorraine - thank you for sharing your story. The hospital system plays little credence to the impact birth has on women. What happens during the birth stays with the individual woman their whole life. The Face of Birth documentary aims to inform and educate everyone about birth, homebirth and the rights of women.

Robyn there are two screenings I can see on the Face of Birth Website. To see the planned screenings across Australia visit face of birth screenings page.

Kima ODonnell
Jan 31, 2012 11:59pm [ 4 ]

I cant wait to see it very exciting, well done love Kima Darwin

Isha Molloy
Feb 3, 2012 4:57pm [ 5 ]

I had two home births in the mid 80's. In Sydney, I was able to find one gynaecologist, Paul Sutherland, who favoured home-birth; he worked with a team of mid-wives. The 12 weekly pre-natal classes, in a group of eight couples, was a great learning experience that gave us sound preparation for 'knowing' how to work with the birthing process. Mid-wife Janine attending, Paul in the back-ground if needed, two quick easy births. But I wonder,considering I was 36 years old having my first baby in '83, how different the scene would probably have been if I had chosen to have a hospital birth and let the doctors make the decisions?

Yvette Barton
Feb 10, 2012 4:54pm [ 6 ]

The power of birth never ceases to amaze me. Neither does the extent to which that power is overlooked in our society. The experience of birth quite literally has the power to make or break us. So many mothers walk away from birth broken women. That is a tragedy we, as human beings, have a duty to change.

May The Face of Birth open minds, hearts and political pockets!

hakan Coker -Obstetrician Childbirth educator
Feb 18, 2012 5:50am [ 7 ]

Birth is definately human rights. We are in Turkey trying to empower and support women to realize that they are the birth only belongs to women. They have to realize that they have to fight for this simple reality. The change will come from women... Homebirths are practically forbidden by the ministry of health in Turkey. So for the moment we are trying to support women at the hospitals by providing them continious support and homelike hospital rooms. But in the future homebirths will be back to our practice. Congrulutations for the supporting film...

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