Last night in Parkdale we brought together what @wisdom would term ‘willing women’ and their partners, health practitioners, grandparents, midwives and doulas to witness the profound cinematic journey into Emily Graham’s physical, emotional and spiritual experience of birth in ‘These Are My Hours’. The Q&A with Rhea after the film went for over an hour, as we unpacked the film, what Rhea now considers the ‘Labour Bypass Era’ we’re in with epidurals and intervention the norm, and how this can impact women, babies, and the experience of parenting.
These can at times be uncomfortable conversations to have, because many women enter into a system where birth is ‘done to’ them and their baby. Not ‘with women’, either because we give away our power, don’t know our choices, or we opt out of feeling the experience of birth because it’s too overwhelming.
It takes us to every edge because it’s supposed to. It can be excruciatingly painful, and profoundly pleasureful, too. But it is work.
Thank you to everyone who joined us and we’re looking forward to another screening with @eelong this evening, featuring @ and @ on the Q&A panel 🌱