The London Premiere of ‘The Business of being Born’ gets the National Tour off to a flying start!
Monday, the 14th of April saw a packed hall in Baden Powell House for the London screening of the film, The Business of Being Born.
An audience of 300 watched the 87 minute account of a history of birth in America and what happens when you over medicalise birth compared to the experience of having individualised midwifery care.
The event was used to launch the second phase of the IMA’s campaign to save independent midwifery by exploring the option of contracting into the NHS.
In the question and answer session which followed the film, there was some debate over the differences between birth in America and in this country but general agreement on the central message of the film; that birth should be an empowering, safe and fulfilling experience for most healthy women and that the best way to achieve it is for women to choose their own midwife to accompany them on that journey.
Everyone took away the action sheets and postcards for their local Primary Care Trusts and there was a general ‘buzz’ in the air at the end of an inspiring evening. Since then we have had lots of interest in local campaigning activity as well as very positive comments about the film itself.
The film is going to be touring around the country, showing at a number of different locations and venues and we are very excited to be exploring the idea of doing this in partnership with the NCT.
Keep an eye on this website for information about future screenings and, once you have seen this film PLEASE PLEASE join us in our campaign by actively getting involved in demanding change at PCT level through our postcards and by contacting your local MP via our e-campaign.
Finally, a big thank you to our panel members, to anyone who made a donation either on the night or through the website and to everyone who came along and made it such a successful evening.
Peter Duncan did a great job as compere
Questions from the floor...
The panel - Naomi Whitelaw, Annie Francis & Ruth Weston
A good networking opportunity...