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Film screening ahead of International Day of the Midwife

28 Apr 2017 9:45AM

The University of Suffolk will be screening critically acclaimed documentary film Microbirth ahead of International Day of the Midwife.

Microbirth was produced by Brighton based Alto Films. Toni Harman from the company will be coming to the University on Thursday 4 May to show the film and to take part in a Q&A. The public are welcome to attend the event which has been organised in partnership with local organisation The Birth Nest.

Producer and Director of Microbirth, Toni Harman, said “Our documentary offers a fresh new look at childbirth by shining a light on the microscopic events happening during a natural birth and breastfeeding. As the latest science is revealing, these microscopic events help train the baby’s immune system. If anything interferes with these natural biological processes, this could have ramifications for a child’s lifelong health.” 

Toni has written a book to accompany Microbirth, this will be available to purchase after the screening.

Midwifery lecturer, Jo Butler, said “This is a unique opportunity to share something quite special with our local community, bringing together midwives, educators, students, local birth workers and women. We are extremely proud to host this event in honour and recognition of International Day of the Midwife.”

The event, which starts at 4pm, is free with donations being accepted for One World Birth.

International Day of the Midwife has been marked for the last 14 years to highlight the work of midwives. This year’s theme is ‘Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!’.

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) report that every year approximately 350,000 women die while pregnant or when giving birth and up to two million newborns die within the first 24 hours of life. The majority of these deaths occur in low-income countries and the ICM says that most of them could have been prevented. International Day of the Midwife is to raise awareness of the plight many women face across the world and the differences in care and treatment pregnant women receive.

To register to attend the screening please visit Eventbrite


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