"A sweet film follows students of midwifery in a training facility in El Paso, Texas, where they must learn medical skills and the Spanish language to provide services to their substantially Hispanic clientele—services that go far beyond standard medical care to constituting a community of caring."
- Anthropology Review Database, ARD
"CATCHING BABIES documents birth justice in action... Viewers are invited to witness a birth model that runs counter to the dominant medicalized system..."
- Caroline Picker, Make/Shift Magazine
"Barni Qaasim created a film that speaks to women wanting to reconnect to their roots as well as their bodies. It is artistic and real, both at the same time."
- Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, LM CPM, Midwives Alliance of North America
"CATCHING BABIES uplifts the voices of Xicana women and it's an inspiration for building and strengthening community-based health."
- Diana Perez-Ramirez, Puente a la Salud
"CATCHING BABIES is a beautiful and important film. It serves not only to educate and inspire an audience about midwifery and natural childbirth but also to encourage a discussion about questions of inequality and privilege relevant to childbearing practices today."
- Heather Sinclair, Licensed Midwife
"I was ready for a film about midwives and mothers, but CATCHING BABIES surprised me in its utter beauty and thoughtfulness."
- Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist, SQUAT Birth Journal
"CATCHING BABIES is a positive celebration of women and community… Appropriate for Mexican American studies, anthropology courses, and any school that offers midwifery courses."
- Sara Parme, Educational Media Reviews Online
"CATCHING BABIES takes a look at childbirth from the perspectives of four midwives-in-training who are enrolled in a midwifery program that offers in one year the equivalent of a three-year course schedule elsewhere. Serving low-income Mexican and Mexican-American women, La Luz has a reputation for empowering mothers and families—building relationships with patients while also providing care that goes beyond the merely clinical. This is in contrast to conventional obstetric care, where physicians may spend little time getting to know a patient, be indifferent to her emotional state, wind up making decisions for her, and/or focus on what might go wrong during pregnancy and birth. An inspiring documentary about an individual-centered, community-based birthing clinic, this is recommended."
- M Puffer-Rothenberg, Video Librarian Magazine