After fighting hard to achieve her dream birth, freediver Sachiko Fukumoto connects with other ocean-women around the Pacific who are facing tensions between conventional and indigenous birth practices.
- Katherine McRae
- Migawa Ozawa
- Full-Length Film
- Subject Matter
- Women, Health, Environment & Sustainability
When freedivers Sachiko Fukumoto and William Trubridge were denied the natural water-birth they wanted in Okinawa, they traveled to New Zealand where they were supported in their choice.
Now Sachiko seeks out three other mothers around the Pacific and discovers they face similar battles and have been cut off from the maternity traditions of their past. Sachiko becomes convinced that when mothers are supported emotionally, physically and culturally, they are more likely to have a positive birth experience, wherever it takes place.
Aware of the importance of the ocean in all aspects of their lives, these Pacific women link the protection of our oceans with the protection of their children and seek a future where we live in harmony with nature.
As Sachiko and William prepare for the birth of their second child, they are determined to show their daughter that supporting parents’ birth choice grows healthier babies, families and communities.
PACIFIC MOTHER is a recipient of Production funding from PIC's Media Fund.
Katherine McRae - Director
Migiwa Ozawa - Producer
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