Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

New Birth of Rights; Women Shouldbe Given Choice,says Documentary

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

New Birth of Rights; Women Shouldbe Given Choice,says Documentary

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Byline: JANINE HILL

A DOCUMENTARY which supports the right of women to choose where they want to give birth will screen at the University of the Sunshine Coast next week.

The Face of Birth, by actor and filmmaker Kate Gorman, follows the stories of a handful of home birth mothers and also includes input from two pro-home birth obstetricians, Euan Wallace and Andrew Bisits.

It will screen at the university's lecture theatre 7 on March 15 at 6.30pm and in lecture theatre 3 on March 24 at 2.30pm.

USC Master of Midwifery program leader Michelle Gray said it was important to give women access to information to help them make informed choices about where and how they wanted to give birth.

aFrom our point of view, as midwives here at the university, we promote that women should have a right to choose,a she said.

aThere's a lot of paranoia around home birth and I hope this film will help people make up their own mind.a

Ms Gray said Ms Gorman began work on the film when she learned about changes to insurance and registration requirements which could affect the availability of midwives to assist in home births. …

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