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This documentary is made by Andy Lawrence in collaboration with independent midwife Judith Kurutac. They met in Kurutac’s thirteenth year of practice when she supported Lawrence’s partner, Helen Knowles (Birth Rites’ curator), through the birth of their second child at home. For Kurutac the collaboration was a chance for film to capture the important relationship between a woman and her attendant in pregnancy and birth. The film is a personal journey, examining the roles the collaborators play as father and midwife, stimulated by their engagement with two couples who encounter very different experiences of birth. The film draws us into an examination of the connection between birth and death to explore what role fear plays in childbirth and how the ways in which we deal with fear affect the way in which a child is born.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherRoyal Anthropological Institute
Media of outputDVD
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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