Catching Babies


Background

Catching Babies is a beautiful and important film. It serves not only to educate and inspire an audience about midwifery and natural childbirth but also to encourage a discussion about questions of inequality and privilege relevant to childbearing practices today.”
– Heather Sinclair, Licensed Midwife & PhD Student: Medicalization of Childbirth in El Paso

In the U.S. the use of midwives and home births has doubled since 2000. Midwives are state-certified healthcare professionals who also draw from an age-old wisdom. In this birthing experience, the mother’s body leads the process while the midwife supports. Families can create the loving, non-clinical environment that is right for them and enjoy a birth option that is statistically safer than hospital births.

Faisa Farole and Hawa Mohamud of Open Arms Perinatal Services invited me for a small community screening. The Somali community in Seattle, WA has the highest cesarian rate in the nation. They create a Somali birth education group!

Faisa Farole and Hawa Mohamud of Open Arms Perinatal Services invited me for a small community screening. The Somali community in Seattle, WA has the highest cesarian rate in the nation. After the screening they created a Somali birth education group!

Amnesty International’s 2011 report, Deadly Deliveries, documents a crisis in the delivery of pre and ante natal care in the USA maternal health system. The USA has the highest infant mortality rate for developed nations; the cesarean birth rate has skyrocketed to 30 percent; and the use medical and pharmaceutical interventions have become commonplace in hospital births. The infant mortality rate for Native American families is 75 percent higher, and the rate for African American families is 350 percent higher than that of non-Hispanic whites. These startling statistics are true across income levels.

Catching Babies uplifts the voices of Xicana women and its an inspiration for building and strengthening community-based health.”
Diana Perez-Ramirez, Puente al la Salud

Maternidad la Luz Birth Center and School is the premiere school of midwifery in North America because it offers integrated academic and clinical training. Since 1987 Maternidad la Luz has been rooted in the community of El Paso / Juárez, by providing safe natural birth options for women in this border community.

Catching Babies does not simply show what is wrong with the maternal healthcare system but celebrates an alternative that is led by the women who are most impacted.