Zoe speaks live at International online conference

State University of New York
2022, May 5th

Anthropologists and other social scientists as well as many in the field of healthcare have for decades published articles on the detrimental effects of the medicalization of pregnancy and birth. There is no dearth of information in the academic databases, yet little progress...


Zoe emerged from her second birth ‘totally transformed’. She credits her midwife

The Sydney Morning Herald
2021, September 26th

Zoe Naylor always assumed the “best” way to give birth was in a private hospital under the care of an obstetrician. When the time came for her to deliver her first baby, Zoe had what is medically considered a “normal” vaginal birth and, apart from some....

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Zoe joins Troy Benjamin on Really Good Radio in a moving interview

Really Good Radio
2021, September 23rd

Zoe joined the RGR morning show for an emotional, truthful and heartful chat around the maternity systems that are letting down our women and families through what COULD be the best most beautiful and sacred moment of their lives. Zoe shares her and the teams journey during....


Birth Time - the revolution

Chat on This
2021, August 31st

Alongside Jo Hunter and Jerusha Sutton, Zoe has co-founded and co-produced Birth Time, the movement and the documentary. We have seen the film and now we are here chatting with Zoe about the wave her team are creating towards reclaiming birth as the most transformative, powerful, primal and pivotal rite of passage. This film is normalising birth....


New documentary explores the trauma and flaws in Australasia's birth system

Radio NewstalkZB (NZ)
2021, June 27th

Having a baby should be one of the best days of your life but for an increasing number of women, they are emerging physically and emotionally traumatised. It was the first-hand experience of this that led film-maker, Zoe Naylor, on a four-year journey exploring...


The state of birth care in New Zealand 

The AM Show NZ
2021, June 26th

New Zealand is known for many things - rugby, pavlova, cricket - but what about their birth care?  A new documentary reveals New Zealand's maternity care system is the 'gold standard' for the rest of the world - but is it at risk? Watch back on an important discussion Zoe shared with the team from The AM Show in NZ...


Moth­er­hood is a pro­found ex­pe­ri­ence, but child­birth is an­other state of be­ing

Film Diagnostic
2021, June 19th

Birth Time is an artis­tic and highly ex­cep­tional doc­u­men­tary of women go­ing through trau­matic child­bear­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.  It tells the story of the evo­lu­tion of child­birth from in­ti­mately pri­vate prac­tice to a highly med­icalised rou­tine. Un­for­tu­nately, this change has caused a sig­nif­i­cant...

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Midwife-led home birth ‘shone such a huge light’ says Australian documentary-maker

NZ Doctor
2021, June 10th

Australian film-maker Zoe Naylor didn’t realise her first birth had been traumatic, until her second child, Beau, came along. When she gave birth to her daughter, she said the experience left her feeling alone and with subsequent postnatal depression. But giving...

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Q&A with Zoe for Verve Magazine NZ

Verve Magazine NZ
2021, June Issue #176

Verve Magazine’s Fran Ninow: I was deeply touched by your movie, basically because it made me take a look at a process I had experienced so many years ago, one that I had never really questioned, but should have (my sons are 31 and 34).  While it is a movie about birthing, it is also about asking questions, taking...

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Zoe and Jo feature in Sydney's Mountains Life Magazine

LIfe Magazine
2021, April-May edition

Award winning film makers  Zoe Naylor and Jo Hunter have a powerful message for mums. Although Zoe Naylor considers herself a highly educated and resourced woman, she emerged from her first birth emotionally traumatised. The Blue Mountains local has since discovered...

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Zoe features in Marie Claire March 2021

Magazine, Marie Claire
2021, March

We need to talk about giving birth. Actor Zoe Naylor endured a traumatic labour, and believes Australia's maternity system needs a major overhaul. "The birth of my first child was what the medical system would call 'normal' and 'good'. Yet it was deeply distressing. I'm an educated, well-resourced woman, but...

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Changing the way we birth with Jerusha Sutto‪n

Happy Mama Movement Podcast 
2021, March

How we birth matters. Not because of the way our babies enter the world - at home, in surgery, caeserean or water birth - but because the entry into this rite of passage must be empowering for the mother... otherwise, her entry into Matrescence begins with fear. And when you look at the...


Zoe chats with Andrea Gibbs on ABC Weekends

ABC Weekends
2021, March 14th

Three women have embarked on a mission to find out why an increasing number of women are emerging from their births physically and emotionally traumatised. Their discoveries have led them to join the birth revolution and forge a movement that hopes to change the face of maternity care throughout the...
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The movement towards better care and opportunities increases with the release of Birth Time

WIN News Illawarra
2021, February 9th

Better Births Illawarra has relaunched efforts to expand Wollongong's birthing services. Interest in the issue will go national, as a new documentary highlights the need for change in our approach to maternity systems...


Jo on ABC Perth Afternoons chatting about birth trauma and the documentary

ABC Perth Afternoons
2021, February 22nd

Childbirth can be traumatic for the mother and the father. As a gynaecologist once said to me, there is no easy way to get a baby out of your body. Natural birth is hard, c-sections are hard, emergency c-sections are hard...

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Channel 10 News with Angela Bishop 

Channel 10 News
2021, February 19th

Having a baby should be one of the best days of your life, but new research shows for 1 in 3 mothers giving birth is traumatic. The new Australian documentary is about to be released that looks at why, and what can be done to change it. The opening scene of Birth Time leaves you in no doubt about what the film is about. We show birth on a big screen unashameably...


Nine Today Extra: three women on a mission to overhaul our maternity system 

Nine Today Extra
2021, February 19th

Three Aussie women are on a mission to overhaul our country's maternity system. After spending 4 years on the road, their expert findings on childbirth are harrowing, exposing countless stories of trauma, emotion and post natal depression. 'I just felt so out of control, I felt like things...


Birth Time breaking Australian box office records
2021, February 15th

Outside of the main box office, Aussie films are also finding success via cinema-on-demand. Zoe Naylor, Jo Hunter and Jerusha Sutton’s documentary Birth Time has smashed records for Demand Film, with $223,506 in ticket sales for 90 confirmed screens. This complements aa series of 13 special events Q&A...

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Is birth trauma the next feminist frontier?

Australian Financial Review
2021, February 12th

Birth, says filmmaker Zoe Naylor, is the next big feminist issue. “We’ve tackled #MeToo, we’ve begun talking about some very complicated, tricky ideas. But we still think that birth is just something to be endured, no matter what.” Naylor’s own experiences giving birth directly informed and influenced her film Birth Time: the Documentary...

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Actress Zoe Naylor on the 'healing' of her second birt‪h‬

The Juggling Act, Apple Podcasts
2021, February 11th

Aussie actor Zoe Naylor has two beautiful children with fellow actor Aaron Jeffries, and now she's stepping behind the camera. Zoe has opened up about the trauma of her first birth, and how her second a few years back was the complete opposite and actually ended up being a ‘healing’ experience. This prompted her...


7NEWS: Dr Rachel Reed and Belinda Costello chat about being featured in doco

7NEWS Sunshine Coast
2021, February 10th

A Queensland mother and her midwife will feature in an international documentary, investigating an increase in traumatic birth experiences. The documentary features accounts from many women who say they feel bullied by a heavily medicalised maternity system...


'I was traumatised': Actress Zoe Naylor sparks 'Birth Time' revolution

Essential Baby
2021, February 10th

For actress Zoe Naylor, the birth of her second child in 2016 was a 'revelation'. The mum-of-two chose to birth with an independent midwife, Jo Hunter, and a doula, Jerusha Sutton, and emerged feeling empowered and with a deep sense of healing. It was, as she explains, a vastly different experience to her... 

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Interview with about BirthTime the documentary 
2021, February 10th

For actress and activist Zoe Naylor, the birth of her second child in 2016 was a revelation. With Jo Hunter as her midwife, and Jerusha Sutton as her doula/birth videographer, Zoe emerged from the birth feeling transformed and with a deep sense of healing, an experience vastly different....

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Jo, Zoe and Jerusha chat to Andrew from The Curb about the doco and birth

The Curb
2021, February 8th

The new Australian documentary, Birth Time, focuses on the birthing process in Australia, taking a look at post-natal care, birth care, and how to improve birthing care for mothers, babies, partners, health practitioners, and midwives. It is, quite simply, one of the most valuable and important films...


Zoe and Jo on ABC 702 leading up to the launch of Birth Time the documentary

ABC Sydney
2021, February 8th

A healthy mother and child is the first priority, but a good experience is also important. A new documentary, Birth Time, looks at Australian experiences of childbirth. Cassie spoke to two of the filmmakers, Zoe Naylor and Jo Hunter about what is really happening...


Actress Zoe Naylor's documentary sheds light on Australia's 'broken' maternity system

Body & Soul
2021, February 9th

Our maternity system is broken. We have a postnatal depression epidemic, with suicide being the leading cause of maternal death in the developed world. Birth trauma is rampant. We have incredibly high intervention rates in birth, yet research shows that this is not...

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Interview with the Birth Time team on The Midwives Cauldron podcast

Apple Podcasts
2021, January 22nd

We interview the three amazing women who embarked on a mission to find out why an increasing number of women are emerging from their births physically and emotionally traumatised. Their discoveries expose the truth and led them to join the birth revolution and...


Interview with Jerusha on the Positive Birth Australia podcast

2020, December

On today’s episode I have the privilege of interviewing Jerusha, one of the co-creators of the new documentary coming out this February called Birth Time. A documentary highlighting the current maternity system and the lack of funding and continuity care for women resulting in unacceptable birth trauma...


The Birth Time limited edition hat showcased on Channel Nine's Today Show by Aaron Jeffery

Today Show
2019, October

If you've ever wanted to make your way back to Drover's Run for one final visit with the McLeod family, this is your best chance, because Bridie Carter, Lisa Chappell, Simmone Jade MacKinnon, Aaron Jeffery and Myles Pollard are coming together to relive all the memories...


Jerusha wins International Birth Photography Award

International Association of Professional Birth Photographers 2019

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 IAPBP Image Competition. Our Judge panel had a very difficult job in narrowing down the winners this year as there were many excellent entries. We are appreciative of their time and efforts. Winners were...

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Zoe gives thanks to Australia's Volunteers and chats about the Birth Time documentary

The Daily Addition
2019, May 24th

Zoe Naylor is best known for her work on the small screen, appearing in Aussie classics like McLeod's Daughters and Home and Away. But away from showbiz, Zoe has been making headlines for her real-life adventures - after her four-legged friend sparked a major rescue operation...


Guest Speakers at Westmead Women’s and Newborn Health Conference

The Pulse
2019, May 3rd

As a midwife and a mum, Kate Pendlebury has seen the Westmead Hospital midwife caseload program from both sides of the coin. On Friday it made her the perfect person – with six-month-old daughter Aurelia Vari in tow – to speak about the growth and success of the program’s...

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Jo Hunter comments on Carrie Bickmore's disappointing birth comments

2018, March 28th

When Carrie Bickmore announced on the Project that her birth was like most births and had not gone to plan, birth professionals around the country were left shaking their heads. “When I had my daughter, she was vacuumed out. It’s just the way the birth ended up, as you know most don’t go to plan...

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McLeod’s Daughters Zoe Naylor on the homebirth that changed her life

2018, February 26th

McLeod’s Daughters actress, Zoe Naylor, describes the homebirth of her second baby, Beau, as “the single most life-affirming, life-changing and empowering experience of my life”, and it has led her to produce a new documentary called Birth Time. Zoe said the documentary is not about homebirth, but about a...

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