THESE ARE MY HOURS is the story of a single birth — start to finish.
This intimate documentary immersion into one woman's physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual experience of giving birth is the first film told from the perspective of a woman in labor.
Just after midnight on December 6, 2016, a contraction awakens Emily Graham, in bed at home in Greenville, South Carolina. Labor is finally here.
Over the ensuing hours Emily navigates the depths of her own body, with the support of her birth team: her husband Jason, her midwife Carey, and her mother Judy. You are invited to join them and be a witness to Emily every step of the way...
Q&A - Featured guest speaker Rhea Dempsey
Rhea is a passionate woman of birth; she is an educator, trainer, doula, counsellor, speaker, author and birth activist.
Her understanding and experience of birth has been gained over forty years of birth work. Distilling birthing wisdom from her many privileged experiences supporting birthing women, their partners and families at over a thousand births in home and hospital settings.
She presents locally, nationally and internationally, in fact, she passionately speaks about birth anywhere, anytime.
She is recognized as an insightful commentator on the difficulties women, who have a yearning for normal physiological birth, face in navigating the present birth culture.
And is also respected as one of Australia’s foremost thinkers on the topic of working with pain in childbirth and its connection to normal physiological birth—themes explored in her book ‘Birth with Confidence: savvy choices for normal birth’
She has facilitated Doula training courses since 2000.
And sadly her counselling training, combined with her knowledge of birth and the present birth culture sees her called upon to conduct far too many distressing birth debriefing sessions.
She is presently working on a second book due out early 2019 – working title: The Better Birth Plan: preparing emotionally for normal birth.
About the event
Through thought-provoking events that inspire action, and using the power of film to illuminate the issues of our time, Suburban Sandcastles is a movement for people seeking to live with their minds opened by wonder, not closed by belief. Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice, wholefood snacks, beer and wine, all available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our wellness and lifestyle exhibitors.
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8pm Q&A panel
8.30pm event concludes