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About the Movie
An intimate observation of the complete process of home birthing, Miriam: Home Delivery follows one of New York’s most prolific midwife who has helped mothers give birth at home for more than two decades, as she’s on call, and provides care to mothers in various stages of their pregnancies. We follow Miriam and a group of determined prospective mothers as they battle the unpredictable forces of nature, from bacteria to the worst Super Storm in New York history, to fulfill the miracle of birth.
What a beautiful film!
Juliet Jordan has woven a tapestry of home birth through New York featuring a wonderful midwife, Miriam Schwarzschild. Covering three births, and including Hurricane Sandy as a highlight of the dedication of midwifery to support their patients at all times and places no matter the challenge to be there, this film is an honest and real look into the power and simplicity of midwifery.
Miriam is gentle, supportive, calm and quiet. She holds the space for her patients to birth "their way" with reassurance and kindness, while also being warm and funny. Her dedication is palpable and her comments on how she became a midwife are most informative as she recalls wanting to do something that makes a difference, as a feminist, to make a mark. And so in her deceptively sublte way, she is a game changer. By empowering women across New York to trust their bodies and themselves to birth, she is changing the landscape of birth for future generations.
This documentary is informative for anyone who has or will have a family or for anyone who is interested in the birth movement because it demonstrates so clearly why the birth movement is needed and what beauty and grace can be restored in women's lives if empowered and trusted to birth our own way, with dignity.
A great film..
I was lucky enough to see this film last year when I was pregnant. I enjoyed learning about Miriam and the strong women who she helped guide throughout the film. Each story was a different look at why the women choose home births and how a mid-wife helped them through their experiences. No spoilers! Miriam should be watched by everyone whose has given birth, is pregnant or just wants an eye opener to one of the oldest birthing options around. I enjoyed it very much and wish I had seen it 15 years ago with my first child.
A must-see for birth workers those who are enchanted by birth
As mother who was served by midwives in my own births, and a doula who has worked alongside many midwives, I have always admired them and coveted time spent with them. Watching this film reminded me as to why I am so intoxicated in their presence. This film offers the delightful gift of witnessing a midwife in both the ordinary and extraordinary moments that make up her life's work, and offers an oxytocin high for anyone who savors the beauty of birth.