HOME TRUTHS
TitleHOME TRUTHS
DirectorYvonne Baginsky
CountryUK
Year1983
Duration50mins
FormatVhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionUnder the NHS every woman has the right to have her baby at home. She is entitled to the services of a qualified NHS midwife for antenatal care in her own home and attendance at the birth. However, in the face of government policies favouring 100% hospitalisation for birth, it is difficult, sometimes impossible, to exercise one's right to a home delivery. Many parents do not have the strength, support or desire to wage a battle during pregnancy. Home Truths explores this battleground - why it exists and how it affects prospective parents and midwives - through a series of interviews. It also includes footage of two home births, and suggests that the issue is not so much about the place of birth as about the kind of control one has, or wants, over an intimate and important development in one's life.