A documentary exposing a small group within the medical community who despite attending hundreds of hospital births – choose to have their own children at home will premiere at the Roxie Theater on March 26.

Telling the stories of doctors, nurses, and midwives whose experiences with childbirth have driven them to seek out home birth for their own families, “Why Not Home” examines questions of risks, safety, and social stigma around parenting and childbirth in America.

Featuring interviews with local families and midwives who have been confronted with the question of whether or not to give birth in their own homes, the documentary was directed by Bay Area native Jessica Moore and other local producers.  A Q&A session with Moore and a panel of her colleagues will follow Saturday’s screening.

The film’s screening is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Birth Center, a non-profit that helps low-income women receive services at the city’s only free-standing birth clinic, and a portion of all ticket sales will go toward the organization.

The screening will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the Roxie Theater at 3117 16th St. A VIP event preceding the screening will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Lost Church at 65 Capp St. Tickets for both events can be purchased here

 

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