Screening Of Midwives Is Oct. 25 At Barking Legs

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Childbirth In Chattanooga will host a screening of the film Midwife at Barking Legs Theatre on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.  The screening comes as the organization's first fundraiser, just after their one year anniversary as a local online resource with a website, Facebook page and discussion group. 

The group's goal is to be a resource for anyone from expecting parents to very experienced parents who are researching or have questions regarding prenatal, birth, newborn and parenting decisions. 

Midwife follows Minnesota home birth midwife, Sarah Biermeier (of Geneabirth), during her first year as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). The documentary quietly shows the life of a home birth midwife, from prenatals, to births, to postpartums, while also examining what the birth environment looks like in states where home birth midwifery is not legal, and families are faced with fewer birth options. 

Twenty-two states do not allow CPMs to attend home births. If a midwife chooses to practice anyway, they are faced with the possibility of arrest. In an act that should be simple, giving birth has become a human rights issue and a political event, officials said. Midwife shows the compassion and beauty that begin with birth, and encourages viewers to explore their options, and with whom they choose to attend their births. 

The film's running time is 104 minutes, followed by post-screening discussion with a panel of CPMs.


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