Why expectant parents choose to give birth at home will be explained in the free showing of a documentary “Why Not Home?” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Klamath County Library, according to a news release.
Included will be interviews with nurses, doctors and midwives who deliver babies in hospitals, but when it came time to have their own babies, decided to deliver them at their homes. The film is unrated and runs for about one hour and 15 minutes.
Post-documentary discussion will be led by two local home-birth professionals: doula Katie Minich and certified midwife Bethany McKinnon.
McKinnon is a certified professional midwife and the owner of Klamath Birth Center. She was so inspired by the midwives who helped her deliver her youngest son that she pursued a career in midwifery. She believes her role as a midwife is to help facilitate safe, positive and empowering birthing experiences by offering evidence-based information and clinical practices in conjunction with beneficial emotional support.
Minich is a birth and postpartum doula, yoga teacher and henna artist. Like McKinnon, firsthand experience with doulas for the births of two of her children led her to become a doula herself. Minich, who trained with and is awaiting certification from DONA International, is a member of the Oregon Doula Association and is pursuing state certification as a Traditional Health Worker.