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Fundraiser documentary to raise awareness of home birth

Oct 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, News


A FILM about a pioneer of the homebirth movement is being shown at Miramar’s Roxy Cinema on Labour Day to mark the beginning of Homebirth Awareness Week.

Birth Story, an award-winning 2012 documentary about the life and work of Ina May Gaskin, is screening as a fund-raiser for Newtown Breastfeeding Support Centre.

Gaskin was a famous 1970s midwife who championed natural birth at a time when home births were thought to be ‘out there’.

Her books on the subject, including Spiritual Midwifery, have inspired and encouraged generations of women.

The screening was organised with help from the Wellington Homebirth Association.

Association coordinator Jeanette Lazet says that the awareness week is still as necessary as ever.

“Here in New Zealand we’re so privileged to have the choices to give birth safely either at home or at hospital,” she says.

“Our aim in the homebirth movement is to empower women and their families to make the choice and to realise that healthy homebirths are possible and normal.”

The association would like parents to be able to choose the birth they want for their baby.

“Often new mothers don’t even see it as a possible option, to have a birth at home in comfort and with those they love surrounding them.”

Birth Story screens at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar on October 28, 12 noon. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased HERE>

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