Frankly, I think every medical student and obstetrics resident in the country should see this film. It provides both evidence and personal narratives to challenge the prevailing dogma that all births should be happening in hospitals, and that home birth is not safe or responsible.
— Paul Burcher, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Bioethics and OB/GYN Albany Medical College

DVD with Educational license for Colleges & Universities

Join a growing list of colleges and universities who are sharing this powerful story with the next generation of nurses, physicians, midwives, anthropologists, and public health professionals. Rich with both data and story, the film is a great way to discuss the concepts of shared decision making, informed consent, patient autonomy, and evidence-based care. 

As a reproductive and medical anthropologist, I was thoroughly impressed and delighted with “Why Not Home?” I’ve long used “The Business of Being Born” in introductory medical anthropology courses and advanced graduate reproductive anthropology seminars and find “Why Not Home?” not only complements it but goes much further, addressing all of the political-economic and cultural gaps in the earlier film.
— Bayla Ostrich, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology and Cross Cultural Practice, Boston University

Colleges and Universities that are using Why Not Home? in their courses and libraries include:

  • Boston University
  • University of Washington
  • Samuel Merritt University
  • Brown University
  • Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery
  • Penn State
  • Yale University
  • University of California San Francisco
DVD- College or University Educational License

In accordance with copyright law, the educational DVD is licensed for unlimited use in one location such as a school, class, library or training program. Admission may not be charged. 

If you would like to host a public screening, e-mail or fill out the screening request form at We are currently booking both US and international screenings. For a complete listing of upcoming and previous screenings, visit



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