Maternity Center makes waves once more

Some great reviews have come in for the newly restored The Chicago Maternity Center Story in advance of tomorrow's 45th anniversary screening (with Kartemquin's Women's Voices: The Gender Gap). Check out the recommendations below, and read a blog on the Siskel Center website from Gordon Quinn, Suzanne Davenport and Jenny Rohrer, members of the original Kartemquin filmmaking collective that was born with the film.

"A time capsule of wo­men’s health activism... the film rips the medical industry as sexist and capitalist."- Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times

"CRUCIAL VIEWING...Kartemquin's latest preservation effort of its own venerable film catalog looks back at a time when those in the medical industry not only wanted to help those in need of care, but effectively could help every person who walked in the door. Actually, that's not entirely true... It's hard to suppress the creeping realization that the inequalities presented in the films are far too similar to today's to be coincidental, as if we've been stuck living in a time loop the past 40 years." - Doug McLaren, Cine-File

"Intelligent and articulate" - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

With Sharene Miller - seen giving birth to her son in the film - and the original collective filmmakers all attending along with current members of the home birth movement, tomorrow's screening will be an unmissable launch event to our 45th anniversary celebrations. DVDs will be available for sale and a discussion and reception will follow the screening. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets and information.


I was delivered on my grandmother's kitchen table and after becoming a nurse I worked for the maternity center until it closed it doors on my birthday. Im a certified nurse midwife today because of the maternity center.