Why Choose a Midwife? – A Midwifery Advocacy Video

By Rachel Walden |

Our Bodies Ourselves, like many other birth organizations and activists, has long believed that all birthing women should have access to midwives and to a midwifery model of care. A new video, “Why Choose a Midwife?” provides an overview of this model and serves as an advocacy tool for midwifery.

Our own Judy Norsigian was interviewed for the piece, and explains the Our Bodies Ourselves position on choices in childbirth:

We want to have more women having vaginal births after cesarean available in the hospital setting, we want to have more certified nurse midwives in the hospital setting, we want to have more trained, licensed midwives in the home birth setting.

She also acknowledges a woman’s right to make her own educated decisions with regard to childbirth, explaining that “women and their partners choose the risks they want to take when they choose a home birth or they choose a hospital birth.”

Other topics covered in the 12-minute film include safety, home birth, the problems with some routine hospital interventions, the attention provided by midwives, cost, and choice. Also featured are Gene DeClerq, PhD (Boston University School of Public Health) and Marcie Richardson, MD (a Massachusetts Ob/Gyn), with additional footage graciously provided by other filmmakers. A volunteer film editor, with guidance from a group of volunteers from Our Bodies Ourselves and Massachusetts Friends of Midwives, created the piece.

Although the film is somewhat focused on Massachusetts, those interested in adapting the video for their communities can contact June Tsang at junetsang23 at gmail dot com.

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11 Comments

  1. Shaye says:

    Oh I hope it will be put back up soon. I must have watched it ten times today. I’m the Education Chair for the Nebraska Friends of Midwives. Our CNMs are forbidden, by law, to attend home births. As we’re getting into our final legislative days we were all emailing the link to this video this afternoon to our senators. I guess they’ll be getting a dead link for tonight. Do you know if it will be re-posted in the near future? Or is this something we could purchase on DVD for our group to use at our capitol? Everyone was so excited to see it today!

  2. Laura says:

    I’m sorry to see the video has been taken down. I posted a link on Facebook and a friend let me know that the video had been removed already. I hope it is put back up soon – It’s probably the best video to share with people who don’t already support midwives.

  3. Rachel says:

    Sorry, folks. The video included several clips from other films on midwifery/birth for which permission was given to include them in the film. However, after we posted it we found that there was one portion of the clips that had been cleared to include but not to post publicly. If we can resolve this issue in some way, we’ll repost. We’re thrilled that you liked it, and apologize for any inconvenience!

  4. Shaye says:

    Oh yes, I hope you’ll re-blog it when it is available again. This was such a perfect video for introducing the idea of midwifery and home birth. I’ve loved other birth films, but they’re very long and most people aren’t willing to sit through over an hour of footage. But 12-13 minutes is a perfect introduction. And this is the perfect time of year as several of us are in the middle of trying to get legislation passed.

    Is it possible to remove the section in question and just re-post without it? Just curious.

  5. Rachel Bell says:

    Please, please, please relay to whomever is responsible for taking this video away that it is absolutely amazing. It is so powerful!!! I am from WV, and got an incredible response from many people when I shared it on my facebook page.