The Face of Birth–Shepparton Thurs 29 March


Passionate about birth and a woman’s right to choose?

Come and see the powerful new documentary – The Face Of Birth

…And bring a friend who doesn’t know anything about birth ….. It’s everyone’s right to choose – even those who don’t know it yet.


WHEN:       Thursday 29 March 2012

TIME:          6.00pm

VENUE:      Overlander Hotel Shepparton, Function Room

                      97 Benalla Road Shepparton

TICKETS:   $18.00 per ticket, children free (cash only, ATM on site)

RSVP:          0438 298 388 or

Finger food provided from 6.00pm,  drinks available at bar, screening 6.30–8.00pm

Film is rated PG and running time is 90mins

Venue has space for prams plus an indoor children’s playground


The Face of Birth DVD set X 3 filmsThe Face of Birth, Meet the Experts and Birth Stories $60.00 (RRP $75)
The Face of Birth DVDYour own DVD copy of the feature film $23.00 (RRP $28)
Meet the Experts – Beyond The Face of Birth DVD Over 4 hours worth of talks on one DVD, a collection of advice, opinions and shared expertise from the world’s top birth experts $23.00 (RRP $28)
Birth Stories – Beyond The Face of Birth DVDThis DVD captures the complete birth stories of mothers featured in film plus others. Moving and empowering, these stories are shared in their entirety, creating a beautiful new film that shares their diverse birth journeys $23.00 (RRP $28)
Birth Journeys – book by Leonie MacDonaldThe Birth Journeys book is a collection of 29 positive and inspiring birth stories from women and men around Australia $25.00 (RRP $29.95) Orders can be taken


The Face of Birth – where to give birth in Australia, and with whom?

The Face of Birth


“The Face Of Birth. A film about pregnancy, childbirth and the power of choice.

Three years in the making, filmed across the globe from London to Alice Springs, The Face Of Birth is a moving documentary with vital information for anyone considering giving birth in Australia today.

In 2009 it nearly became illegal in Australia to have a homebirth. Three years later in 2012 the amount of women choosing a home birth has doubled! Who are these women and why are the government and medical establishment so against them?

Following the diverse heart warming and sometimes heart wrenching stories of a hand full of home birth mothers as they guide us through the plethora of information and opinions about where to give birth and with whom. The films helps sort out fact from fiction around the politics, risks, safety and fear in birth.

Over 25 of the world top birth experts were interviewed, including the famed Sheila Kitzinger author of over 26 books on pregnancy and childbirth, and the founder of modern midwifery in the USA; Ina May Gaskin.

We hear from Australian pro home birth obstetricians Euan Wallace and Andrew Bisits, both doctors have started up hospital run home birth pilot programs. And on the other side of the birth pool debate, Dr Rupert Sherwood, who is the president of RANZCOG ( Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecology) the college to which they all belong that doesn’t support home birth.

Our diverse home birth mothers include AFI award winning actress Noni Hazlehurst. She’s known by one generation from Playschool and another from City Homicide, but do her fans know why she chose a home birth?

Mother and doctor Sarah Renwick Lau, chose a home birth for her second child after her first baby was delivered by C-section at maternity hospital in Darwin where she also worked. It seems her independent midwife gave much better care than her colleagues at the hospital.

And young Aboriginal mum Tanya Kunoth, from the remote community Utopia in central Australia, who had two babies in hospital and two babies on country, she shares why it’s so important for her to be able to birth on her land, and why for her home felt safer than in hospital.

Beautifully shot and openly revealing, The Face Of Birth tells about all the things we never knew about birth and the power of choice.”

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About Kate Emerson

Kate Emerson, BA (sociology/politics) Kate is a clinical student pursuing her interest in neonatal transitional physiology and clinical cord clamping practices. She produces media to increase the level of awareness about delayed cord clamping for parents, students and interested practitioners. Please visit to read more.

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