Birth with Dr RD Laing

Birth with Dr RD Laing | Television | NZ On Screen

This classic documentary produced in 1977 by Helen Brew “questions how the Western medical system handles childbirth: in Laing’s view, “one of the disaster areas of our culture.” Supported by arresting hospital footage and impassioned interviews with mothers, the film argues that women are often deliberately sidelined during the process of birth, and babies’ needs ignored. Screenings in the UK and US saw it contributing to a debate about newborn care; one that remains ongoing. Birth won a Feltex award for best documentary. Read the full review.