Actor, producer and activist Zoe Naylor shares the insight she garnered while co-creating Birth Time: the documentary which explores the ins and out of the Australian maternity system – and why she believes the system, itself, is “broken”.
Our maternity system is broken. We have a postnatal depression epidemic, with suicide being the leading cause of maternal death in the developed world. Birth trauma is rampant. We have incredibly high intervention rates in birth, yet research shows that this is not leading to better outcomes for mothers and babies.
For the past four years, I have been co-writing, researching, producing and directing a feature documentary, Birth Time: the documentary alongside midwife Jo Hunter, and doula/birth photographer Jerusha Sutton, that shines a light at what is really happening in our maternity care system.
From my own experience as a birthing woman in this country and from the interviews and research we conducted, it has become evident that we are facing an enormous human rights issue that is happening right under our noses.
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