Australian film-maker Zoe Naylor didn’t realise her first birth had been traumatic, until her second child, Beau, came along.
When she gave birth to her daughter, she said the experience left her feeling alone and with subsequent postnatal depression
But giving birth to Beau in a water birth at home was a completely different experience.
It “fundamentally changed” her as a woman, she says.
“I had trauma from my first birthing experience, and then I had full continuity of midwifery care for the birth of my second child, and that just shone such a huge light. I am a highly educated, resourced and privileged woman, but I went into my first birth really ignorant.
“It brings you to tears to know that you can actually change how you mother, and your ability to enjoy motherhood, if you actually understand the value of midwifery-led care.”
It’s this experience Ms Naylor shares, in her documentary Birth Time, a birthing journey with doula (birth companion) and photographer Jerusha Sutton, and midwife Jo Hunter.