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"The Business of Being Born" continues to tour the country to support the Save Independent Midwifery Campaign. The IMA organised over 20 national grass roots screenings. A big thank you to all who made this such a success!

On the 9th July 2009 we were very pleased to welcome Ricki Lake the producer of the film to the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) London. She attended a private press screening in support of our campaign and was available for a question and answer session afterwards (see photos). Thanks again Ricki and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your family holiday in the UK.

See full details, video preview and screening schedule

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Released in the USA in January 2008, it has great relevance to anyone with an interest in childbirth.

"A must-see movie for anyone even thinking about having a baby!"
"Midwives are preparing for a rush of interest in births outside hospital once this film hits UK screens" - Susie Mesure in The Independent
"The Birth of a Revolution!" - Joanna Moorhead in the Guardian

You can now order a UK version of the DVD

See important Breaking News about criticism of the film and its message by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and the American Medical Association. Their recent resolution, in response to the publicity generated by the film, promotes hospital deliveries and opposes home births.
The IMA and National Childbirth Trust have issued a joint statement in response to the AMA's resolution.
 

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We are organising a postcard campaign for supporters to contact their local Primary Care Trust. We are asking PCTs to ensure women have access to community caseload midwifery and homebirth, and to commission local independent midwives. Look up the address of your PCT here or here for Scotland. If you want a supply of our specially printed postcards send us an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (include your address and how many you want), or you may like to write your own letter to your PCT Chief Executive.

We have a Campaign Action Sheet you can download and are invited to print and distribute.

Our campaign is now on the Voice Your Views website - it will enable an email to be sent to your MP, outlining our plight and stressing the need for PCTs to be able to use the services of independent midwives. People can easily customise the text to include their own comments.

An update on the latest meeting with the Chief Nursing Officer on 14th Jan 2008, and the recent campaign activities of the IMA, is available here .

 
PROPOSED MANDATORY PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE (PII) FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS – EFFECT ON INDEPENDENT MIDWIVES:

  • The Independent Midwives Association was founded in 1985 to disseminate information about, and support for, independent midwives, and to lobby for the traditional role of the midwife.
  • Independent Midwives have been unable to obtain insurance on the open market, but are experiencing increasing demand for their services from women who are looking for a greater level of support than the NHS can always offer.
  • Legislation requiring PII must make allowances for those health professionals who cannot obtain insurance on a commercial basis.
  • The Independent Midwives Association is at the forefront of trying to find a solution that meets the Government’s policy requirements while also protecting the ability of its members to practice outside of the NHS.

Read more about these issues

PLEASE JOIN US IN OUR CAMPAIGN
TO SAVE CHOICES IN MATERNITY CARE FOR WOMEN.
 
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