Positions of Power
TitlePositions of Power
DirectorJacky Garstin, Delyse Hawkins
CountryUK
Year1983
Duration35mins
Format16mm, Vhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionThis documentary on obstetrics takes a succinct and radical look at the history, sociology and politics - not to mention physiology - of childbirth. Using archive material, re-enactments, graphics and interviews, it covers a whole range of facts and information thoroughly and at times humorously. The central theme is physical positions during childbirth - why women are encouraged to lie in the 'stranded beetle position'; how this affects them; what they can do. Linked to this are the way that power has been expropriated from midwives by the male medical profession and the case for returning many deliveries to the women's competent hands.