Our aim is to confront the viewers with the two layers of the Czech debate that we have identified in our ongoing research in the project entitled ”Role of Intimacy in the Czech Home Birth Controversy” supported by Czech Grant Agency. Our focus involves the experiences of mothers who gave birth at home and in hospital, fathers who assisted in deliveries at home and in hospital, and prominent obstetricians and NGOs. In this specific video, we aim to combine public presentations of the dominant voices of the medical experts with the audio version of narratives we have collected through biographical-narrative interviews with women giving in the hospital.
We would like to raise questions about the relationship between the dominant medical discourses and the everyday lives of women who give birth. This debate highlights the gendered framing of the understanding of women’s “ownership“ of their bodies and their ability to make a “informed choice.“