PRODUCER – VERONICA McCARTHY
DIRECTOR – GAYLENE BARNES
Every year on average there are 65,000 births in New Zealand. 80% of these are delivered under the care of midwives who are specialists in pregnancy and childbirth. They complete a three-year bachelor degree, providing them with the know how to support women from early pregnancy right through to six weeks after the baby’s birth. There are 1420 practicing midwives in New Zealand but only six of them are male.
Challenging gender stereotypes, Midwife Man follows Roy Finn,
a mid 50’s grandfather, practicing midwifery in Christchurch and rural Selwyn District. Through this man’s eyes he provides a rare glimpse into this almost exclusively female profession.
We accompany Roy as he goes ‘with woman’ (the literal translation of midwife) and works with two families through their pregnancy and birth. Roy shows us the reality of being a male midwife within this female dominated world.
Building up to his clients’ births as they undergo ultrasounds and regular check ups, Roy shares his experiences of being a ground- breaker.
Come D-Day we rush to the hospital alongside Roy as he supports the women through their labours. Birthing plans are one thing but the unpredictability of nature is another! We gain further insight into Roy’s skills as he works to make the birth as smooth as possible.
Midwife Man explores the trials and tribulations unique to being a male minority. Challenging public perceptions Roy takes on childbirth and tradition with both hands.