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Community | Education | Health & Wellbeing | Human Rights
ONE BIRTH AT A TIME - TOWARDS NORMAL BIRTH

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$7,535 Raised of
35,000
Goal
Synopsis
‘ONE Birth at a Time – Towards Normal Birth’ and BIRTH MATTERS highlight how important it is to keep birth as a normal and natural process, not only for the woman and the baby but also for the human race. As scientists have discovered our immune system is compromised from birth, if we don't receive the healthy mico biome from the mother. Without that out survival is at stake. The films not only show the best case scenario of birth but also why this is only 10 % of women, who have a 'normal birth'. Scientist and specialists explain, women share and all of us are needing to find a solution to find discover trust in woman and our innate connection with nature. The film is heartfelt and informative, shwing a woman’s journey through the natural miracle of pregnancy and childbirth, showing the best and most challenging start for a newborn child. It's primary aim is to represent the birth as an issue important to every woman, man and child.showing how to reduce the anxiety and confusion that can be associated with giving birth, and to support the promotion of maximally healthy and life-affirming birth practices. It is the story of Julia a happy healthy woman, who is pregnant with her third child.    Real-life stories of woman, negotiating a natural pregnancy, various birth practices within the Australian hospital system as well as worldwide. It talks about complications and interventions as well as whether the woman is in charge of her choices. It advocates the potential for empowerment of woman by making informed decisions throughout the process. The Births are beautiful moments shared. Extensive interviews with specialist and medical professionals will give generous feedback of the benefits of natural labour and birth. A discussion of what the issues with childbirth are will be highlight different perspectives on why normal birth matters. The World Health Organization defines normal birth as: "spontaneous in onset, low-risk at the start of labour and remaining so throughout labour and delivery.  The purpose of this film is to contribute to an enormous social issue in our society to do with Child Birth. Many women are often traumatised from their birth experience as they did not get the birth they wanted and feel disempowered as well as deeply affected by the consequences that medical interventions have on their physical and mental health. Often women suffer from long lasting depression and anxiety, which relates to the way they relate to their baby and their family leading to possible breakdowns. Having faith into their innate ability to give birth and being able to understand the environment of birth within the health system, gives insight and will benefit everyone to make their own decisions.
Philanthropy

How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?

Natural, normal childbirth is safer and carries less risks for moms and their babies. Study after study proves that infant and mother mortality rates are lower in natural births. Medications used during labor can have a variety of negative effects on the baby, including lowered heart rate, difficulty breathing and lowered breastfeeding success after delivery.

Fear about childbirth and lack of understanding about available birth options has become a significant problem in our society, the full consequences of which are yet to be seen. Birthing processes in Australia, and elsewhere, are increasingly being influenced by technical Interventions, leading to emergency cesareans. (In Australia, the rate is at 38 % and rising.)The WHO recommends that the C-section rate should not be higher than 5/10 percent of births.
The consequences of caesarians for both mother and baby reach far beyond the physical risk of infections, and can have long lasting effects throughout the child’s life. As scientists are increasingly discovering, natural birthing processes (without technical interventions) have numerous advantages for both mothers and babies, not only contributing greatly to emotional, hormonal and psychological health but also playing a big part in the development of healthy immune and hormonal systems in the infant.

According to Studies from the School of biomedical Sciences at the Monash University, bacteria which gets passed on to the baby by vaginal delivery from the mother to the baby, ensures a healthy micro biome in the gut of the newborn, which plays a crucial part in the development of healthy immune system in the infant.

Cesarean babies, who are missing out on the ‘good guy’ also show microbes in the intestine that come from an no anaerobic environment, which can lead to a wide range of short-term and long-term difficulties with a 20 % increased long-term risks of asthma, diabetes, celiac disease, and obesity. According to Prof. Matt Cooper from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland, the healthy bacteria from the mother educates and controls the babies Immune System from the start as well as adds pathways to the brain. Interruption of the natural birthing processes and therefore the hormonal balance can also generate numerous other kinds of emotional and psychological challenges for the mother, baby and the bonding process leading to increased rates of depression, autism, and ADHD.

The serious effects of this trend towards every greater intervention in the natural birthing processes has led some analysts concerned about dire outcomes for the long-term health of the human race in terms of increased susceptibility to disease. And lack of resistance to epidemics, if the trend is not reversed.

Regardless of these risks, the many advantages of natural birth processes for the health and wellbeing of mothers and children, makes reducing cesarean section rates a high priority in Australia and oversea
Aims & Objectives

What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?

As a resource supporting women to make empowered choices, this film will make an important contribution towards maximally healthy Childbirth in Australia, assisting women to give their children the best possible start in life.

It is very easy for women who are not within supportive, birth-friendly social networks to feel disempowered, confused and anxious, overwhelmed by large amounts of new information . In addition, pregnant women often hear many ‘bad’ birthing stories, which serves to further heighten their sense of fear.

The aim of this documentary is to de-mystify and normalize the natural birthing process, empowering women in their pregnancy to plan and create their own optimal birthing conditions. The documentary is fundamentally realistic, informative and reassuring. As Julia provides a strong role model of a woman negotiating birth decisions within the public health system from a position of confidence, widespread distribution of this film will ensure that every pregnant woman has access to a positive, empowering example of the natural birth process. It aims to increase women’s confidence in their own natural ability to give birth. Seeing Julia educating herself about available birth options to ensure the best possible outcome for herself and the baby will help to empower women to take charge of their birth process, making informed decisions and seeking out the support they need to have a peaceful and stress-free labour and birth.


This film will be the first film shown to women in antenatal care and midwifes in the tertiary education system, which documents a normal birth in an Australian hospital, promoting a healthy birth experience within the Australian medical System,

“I am really looking forward to having this resource, both for supporting women, teaching and inspiring midwives. I know this film will be an important contribution to childbirth in Australia and I support it wholeheartedly and encourage those approached for support to also get behind this exciting project.” Hannah Dahlen, Professor of Midwifery, Deputy High Degree Research Director, University of Western Sydney

“It is also likely to be an important teaching resource for midwifery and medical students as they learn about the experiences of women and their families.” Caroline Homer, Professor of Midwifery at UTS Sydney; Director of the Centre of Midwifery, Child and Family Health; Associate Dean (International & Development); Associate Head, WHO Collaborating Centre of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Development
Strategy

What is your education and outreach strategy?

This film is to be part of a wider campaign through free distribution of the film, that includes the following:

• Promoting Normal Birth, by showing a 13 min film version to all antenatal classes and hospitals in Australia. Around 300 000 births a year have been reported by the Australian Mothers and Baby Report 2011.

“I am really looking forward to having this resource, both for supporting women, teaching and inspiring midwives. I know this film will be an important contribution to childbirth in Australia and I support it wholeheartedly and encourage those approached for support to also get behind this exciting project.” Hannah Dahlen, Professor of Midwifery, Deputy High Degree Research Director, University of Western Sydney

• Screenings to women at Birth Retreat workshops, held in collaboration with Midwifes. www.birthretreat.com

• An interactive website and presence on a YOU TUBE Birth Channel, that will spark discussions from the international community.

• Screenings in all states of Australia by the different branches of the Consumer Group ‘Birth Choices’, and panel discussions featuring experts from the medical profession and consumers.

“As a film that supports women's choices, we are very excited to be playing a role in spreading this vital message further into our society via ‘Towards Normal Birth - One Birth at a Time’.” Sally Cusack, Maternity Choices Australia

• Promotion through the Australian College of Midwifes as an educational resource to every anti natal class, hospital, midwife association and tertiary class within Australia.

“It is …likely to be an important teaching resource for midwifery and medical students as they learn about the experiences of women and their families.” Caroline Homer, Professor of Midwifery at UTS Sydney; Director of the Centre of Midwifery, Child and Family Health; Associate Dean (International & Development); Associate Head, WHO Collaborating Centre of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Development)

• Screenings within Australia and overseas, with visiting experts participating in panel discussions that explore current childbirth practices in medical/hospital systems.
[The director has already been invited to present the film and speak at the National Conference of the Australian College of Midwifes in October 2015 and The International NORMAL BIRTH CONFERENCE in Sydney 2016.]

“The Australian College of Midwives is able to assist with the promotion of the film and invites Karin to consider launching or at least screening the film at our national conference on the Gold Coast in October 2015. I know that it will be welcomed by the midwifery community”. Ann Kinnear, Executive Officer, Australian College of Midwifes
Director
Karin Ecker
Producer
Karin Ecker
Total budget
$68,000
Length
40 Minutes
Stage
PostProduction