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Why Not Home? Screening and Panel Discussion
Good Life Academy
Tarzana, CA
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Why Not Home? Screening and Panel Discussion

Join director/producer Jessicca Moore, Dr. Stuart Fischbein, as well as other local birth professionals, for a screening of the documentary Why Not Home? followed by a panel discussion.

We will watch the documentary in the intimate space at The Good Life Academy, a holistic wellness center in beautiful SoCal. After the film, birth experts will answer questions in a panel discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Jessicca Moore is a family nurse practitioner and filmmaker in Petaluma, CA. A graduate of the UCLA School of Nursing, she has always been drawn to people and their stories and is passionate about empowering women and families through information sharing. She became interested in filmmaking when the intersection of her personal and professional worlds gave her a story she had to tell.Her path to motherhood started with a high tech conception through IVF and culminated in a low tech birth at home. She tells the previously untold story of hospital birth providers who chose to give birth at home in her first film, "Why not Home?"

Dr. Stuart Fischbein, MD OB/GYN has been in private practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Southern California since 1986.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1982. He has a long history of support for Midwives and the alternative to the medical model of birth they provide. This interest began during his Cedars-Sinai residency where he had extensive training in vaginal breech and twin delivery and was selected as administrative chief resident and awarded house officer of the year. His experience was enhanced while rotating through LA County-USC Medical Center, at that time the busiest obstetric unit in the country, where he had the good fortune to be exposed to the midwifery model of obstetrical care. Early in his private practice career he was approached by several local "Licensed Midwives" to provide back-up support for women choosing alternatives to hospital based birthing. In 1995 he co-founded, The Woman's Place, Inc., an innovative model of collaboration between Certified Nurse Midwives and Obstetricians, in Ventura County.  In 2004, he co-authored, Fearless Pregnancy, Wisdom and Reassurance from a Doctor, a Midwife and a Mom, (Fair Winds Press, 2004, 2nd Edition 2010) with long time associate, Joyce Weckl, CNM; and writer, Victoria Clayton.  He has three times been awarded Physician of the Year by the Doulas Association of Southern California  and in 2008 received their first Lifetime Achievement Award.  A long time outspoken advocate of a woman's' right to informed consent and refusal and the exercise of her free will, Dr. Fischbein also honored to be on the advisory board of the "Santa Barbara Birth Center" and previously worked in collaboration with the wonderful licensed midwives at the Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center.  He was also a contributor to Your Best Birth, a book published in 2009 and authored by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein. Dr. Fischbein has made it his goal to teach, speak and write about the normalcy of birth choices, the ethics of respecting a woman's autonomy in decision making and reasonable, evidence supported options of selected VBAC, breech and twin vaginal birth. Follow him at Dr. Stu's Podcast and on his Blog.

Dr. Emiliano Chavira, MD, MPH, FACOG is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, treating high risk patients during pregnancy. He has a passion for caring for women with complex medical problems in pregnancy, especially those who thought they could never have a baby, or who have been told that it is too dangerous to do so. His goal is to provide objective and caring guidance to these women, without the language of fear that is so often introduced into the process of pregnancy and childbirth. In addition to caring for women with medical problems and complicated pregnancies, he also has an interest in supporting natural birth and breastfeeding for women and babies in general. He believes that medical interventions, which can be miraculous and life saving in some cases, should be reserved for those limited circumstances in which they are truly necessary.

Midwife Aleks Evanguelidi LM, CPM has been working in birth for 15 years. She began her work in birth while maintaining her presence as a nutritionist and as an herbalist and educator for Gaia Herbs. A firm believer and proponent in living a sustainable lifestyle, she utilizes her years of experience in nutrition to support her clients in having an extraordinary sense of wellness while preparing for conception or to experience the healthiest pregnancy possible. Having studied pre and perinatal psychology and birth, Aleks brings to her clients a profound sense of trust in their own bodies while supporting them in this tremendous period of transformation. Over the years Aleks has worked with over 3000 clients, opened and operated as Clinical Director at The Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center, trained 25 student midwives, and has contributed to several documentaries and publications on birth related topics.

Homebirth parent Kate French has spent the last 10 years as an actress while living in Los Angeles. She is best known for her role on the L Word as Nikki Stevens and for guest appearances on Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill.  Kate is now mom to a boy and a girl living with her husband in Eagle Rock, California.  Her new venture is in jewelry design with a line named The Inheritance.

Sara Pereira is a mother of 15 month old twins delivered at home. As well as being a new mother, Sara runs two businesses as an essential oil educator and for over a decade, owner and operator of, offering placenta preparation services to new mothers all over the greater Los Angeles area.


Good Life Academy (View)
18719 Calvert St
Tarzana, CA 91335
United States


Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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