Andy Lawrence and Judith Kurutac with the Blackburn West Midwifery Group Practice

A documentary film

To view the trailer of Born please visit We are please to announce that the Royal Anthropological Institute are now distributing the film. Please visit their website at Andy Lawrence first met Judith Kurutac in her thirteenth year of practice as an independent midwife, when she supported his girlfriend, Helen Knowles (Birth Rites’ curator), through the birth of their second child at home. Their first child was born 3 years earlier in hospital, by emergency caesarean. For Judith the collaboration is a chance for film to capture the importance of the relationship between a woman and her attendant in pregnancy and birth. Together they must steer through many courses: rapidly changing clinical requirements,emotional difficulties, and the practicalities of a physical environment to give birth in. Speaking about her role as a midwife, Judith states, “More often than not, women give birth themselves whilst the midwife slips away! This is a giving over of the process to women whilst upholding safety margins for mother and baby.” It is also about being open rather than closed. Being close to the primal human function without fear is a very delicate balance, sometimes, in the 21st Century. To broaden Andy's experience of modern childbirth he spent an additonal month with the Blackburn West Midwifery Group Practice. There he was able to meet more couples in the lead up to the birth of their children, see to what extent continuity of care could be achieved by midwives within the NHS and film a family and their caesarean birth. Andy uses documentary film to represent some of the knowledge Judith has shared with him. Andy and Judith film is a personal journey, examining the roles they both play as father and midwife brought to life by their engagement with two couples who encounter very different experiences of birth.  Interweaving these four stories Born takes us on a cinematic journey, juxtaposing observational scenes of childbirth with vistas of the English landscape. The film draws us into an examination of the connection between birth and death to explore what role fear plays in childbirth and how the ways in which we deal with fear effect the way in which a child is born. ;Our hope is to create a magical-real environment in which to go beyond the limits of our historical perspective on childbirth and its culturally bound rites, and to demonstrate an emotionally connected knowledge which can contribute to the debate on how we give birth and for more information on the final film, including order enquiries please go to