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Major Medical Care At Home

by Neil Lundy
(Toronto)

A scene from Birthing At Home

A scene from Birthing At Home

Major Medical Care At Home is a proposal for a 6 X 30 minute series focusing on alternative health care in the home as opposed to committing the patient to a hospital or an institution. Family members who look after loved ones at home believe that conventional treatment gives less than satisfying results. In some cases home caregivers believe in a connection to a higher power, spirit or collective unconscious, while the Western view often eliminates this part of the healing process.
Our cameras move in with a family and follow their daily routine as they care for their loved one. Their labour intensive commitment strengthens their resolve to see their patient either heal or die at home.

The pilot is finished.

Synopsis

Birthing At Home, in one phrase, is the agony and the ecstasy. Thirty two year old Alexis didn't want the hospital experience for giving birth. Instead she chose birthing in her parent’s home without the aid of any drugs. Her husband, from Rwanda, assisted the midwife as Alexis parents and the soon to be great-grandmother looked on. There were problems. Alexis started off in a birthing pool but it didn't work. Then she tried a birthing stool. That failed. Then she had to settle for a cot. Throughout the screaming and pushing what stands out is the calmness of the midwife. Giving birth at home can be risky business so the reassurance of a professional midwife is essential. After four hours of labour ten and a half pound Jazmine Rose Rutayisire was born. This 25-minute documentary is Interspersed with poignant interviews with Alexis, her husband, Alexis’ parents, the soon to be great-grandmother and the midwife.
Birthing At Home is very graphic and dramatic.

Our second episode focuses on autism. Our cameras move in with a family of nine. The parents look after their seven children. Three of them suffer from autism.

Major Medical Care At Home can be risky. Our series examines all the issues with reality interviews in each episode. The voice of health care professionals who oppose this type of home care will also be heard.

Submitted Fri Sep 02 13:51:42 2011 EDT
By: Neil Lundy,
Toronto
nlundy@adventurefilmproductionscanada.com

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