Distributor:  Kartemquin Films
Length:  60 minutes
Date:  1976
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Black and White
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The Chicago Maternity Center Story

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The struggle to keep the Chicago Maternity Center open after 75 years.

The Chicago Maternity Center Story

For more than 75 years, the Chicago Maternity Center provided safe home deliveries for Chicago mothers. However, when modern medicine's attitude toward home birth changed and funding from Northwestern University declined in 1974, the center was forced to close. This film interweaves the history of the center with the stories of a young woman about to have her first baby and the center's fight to stay open in the face of the corporate takeover of medicine.

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Official Selection Rotterdam Film Festival 1978 Official Selection Edinburgh Film Festival 1978 Certificate of Merit Filmex Los Angeles 1977 Official Selection Berlin Film Festival 1978 Silver Hugo Chicago International Film Festival 1977 Forum of Young Cinema, Berlin


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Kartemquin Films

Docuseek2 subjects

Women's History
Maternal and Child Health
Women's Studies
Documentary Films
Health Care Sector
Economics of Health Care
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
History of Medicine

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Gender Sudies
Family Issues
Maternal and Child Health
Film History
Social Studies
Health Issues


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