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Why Not Home?



Dr. Michelle Minikel thought home birth was crazy-until she got pregnant. Turns out she’s not alone. Why Not Home? exposes a secret from within the medical community.

A small but growing number of doctors, midwives, and nurses who attend birth in the hospital are choosing to have their own children at home.

Through the compelling stories of women who choose to go outside the hospitals where they practice to give birth, viewers experience the beauty and challenges facing families both at home and in the hospital in a way that hasn’t been seen before.

Beyond the personal stories, Why Not Home? is a critical and thoroughly researched look at how maternity care is provided in the US and the choices we are giving women and families about that care. Maternal mortality rates are rising in the US at at time when they are falling in every other industrialized country.

Why Not Home? challenges viewers to move beyond the polarization and judgement that has plagued this issue for decades and instead embrace a more integrated and collaborative model for the future.

Q&A panel

Louise Paterson is Clinical Director of Community Midwifery Services. Louise qualified as a midwife in 1989 and has worked in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia as both a hospital midwife and a community-based autonomous practitioner. She is also a Registered Nurse since 1986, Qualified Reflexologist since 2007 and Baby Massage instructor since 2000.
After emigrating to Australia in 2007, Louise spent 3 years at the Monash Medical Centre working as a Primary Care Midwife in their Birth Centre, before it was closed in 2010. In September 2010 Louise left the Monash to set up in private practice, completed the postgraduate course in maternity reflexology, and became an eligible midwife and medicare provider in November 2011.  In May 2013 Louise formed “Community Midwifery Services” in honour of her much loved community team in the UK.  
“Throughout most of my career I have been fortunate enough to look after mothers in the continuity of care model, and have again and again seen the benefits of mothers having this one on one model of care to support them through the pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. I always feel very privileged that I am able to be a support at one of the most exciting, but sometimes challenging times in a woman’s life."

Emily Jones is a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator, Birth Essentials Educator, HypnoMothering Educator, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Infant Massage Instructor, Fertility Support Educator, mother to two beautiful souls, wife to another, friend to all & peaceful birth seeker. Emily is passionate about Calm Beginnings from Conception, Birth & Beyond. It was through a beautiful entrance into the world that was so peaceful & empowering that it compelled Emily to share this amazing gift with other families. From this birth her business Acacia Wellness was born & like her family has grown into something special. After speaking to hundreds of women approaching birth filled with fear & anxiety, Emily identified that communication was often at the crux of these feelings. Emily created the My Birth Wishes app which is a trusted birthing companion & the must have app for all pregnant families to help bring the feeling of safety back into the birth room throughout the world.
It is Emily's hope that all mothers experience calm, peace & positivity in their birth, their motherhood journey & through all of life's transitions.

Shalome Stone, Rockstar Birth Mentor, wants to live in a world where women approach their birth with excitement, knowledge and a sense of power.  A highly-medicalised hospital birth and 2 sensational home births taught her the importance of putting the trust back into a woman's innate ability to birth beautifully. Shalome is the Founder and Editor of the Rockstar Birth Magazine  the Rockstar Birth Radio podcast, Rockstar Birth TV webinar series, and the online interactive Rock Your Birth program. You can start your Rockstar Birth journey by connecting with Shalome at or at
Shalome is the Former Editor of the Homebirth Queensland print publication Down To Birth, and is also the Host of the Positive Birth Movement in Melbourne, meeting monthly at MAMA Caulfield. You can find out details for all our PBM events here:

About the event
Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice and healthy treat, available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our local business exhibitors. There's also great prizes in our raffle thanks to our exhibitors and generous local businesses.

Event program
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel followed by prize raffle
9.00pm event concludes

Earlier Event: November 9
Later Event: January 18