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 ...
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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.Written by
Instead of taking on the big business of birth, Allison Kuznia paints a tender picture of a newly certified homebirth midwife setting forth to catch (not deliver!) babies in urban Minnesota. The film is peppered with politics and occasionally seeks to tear down the system of medicalized childbirth, but it is mostly the story of families giving birth at home with care providers who maintain a nurturing, caring, safe environment. The families - especially the dads - are incredibly charming. Kuznia chose her subjects well.
While I felt like the film could have ended sooner (the back-and-forth between various midwives and birth advocates at the end was drawn out longer than it needed to be), it was, overall, a fantastic documentary and one that may overtake The Business of Being Born in its importance to the homebirth movement.
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