Born At Home| 1hr : 01mins
Director: Sameera Jain | Producer: Matrika
Focus Years: 2000 | Country: India
Born at Home observes indigenous birth practices and practitioners in parts of India rural Rajasthan, Bihar, and an urban working class area of Delhi.
Poised between social reality and the eternal mystery of childbearing, the film presents an intricate delineation of the figure of the dai (midwife) who is almost always a low-caste, poor woman. The dais methods are holistic, conceiving of childbirth not as pathology but continuation of organic life.
Dais handle about 50% of the births in India. Her inherited skills, though accessible and low-cost, are continually devalued by the mainstream. The film poses a critical question - why does the state not recognize the almost one million traditional practitioners in the country?
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