Zoe Naylor, Jerusha Sutton and Jo Hunter embark on a mission to discover why an increasing number of women and families are emerging from their births physically and emotionally traumatised.
It was clear from our research that our maternity system is broken.
We have a postnatal depression epidemic, with suicide being the leading cause of maternal death in the developed world.
Birth trauma is rampant.
We have incredibly high intervention rates in birth, yet research shows that this is not leading to better outcomes for mothers and babies.
Globally, we are losing connection and trust in one of the most transformative, powerful, primal and pivotal rites of passage we will ever undertake in our lives.
We live in a time where it has become customary to disregard the importance of a woman’s/persons experience of birth. It is not widely known that our birth and birthing experiences profoundly impact how we navigate the world.
Improving women’s experience of birth helps them set up a stronger bond with their babies.
It also decreases their risk of postnatal depression and encourages them to trust their maternal instincts when it comes to mothering their children. Care, connection, respect and trust begin with the mother-baby bond.
We made the documentary an initial catalyst to educate, motivate action and instigate change.
Birth Time is also an education platform about changing the current politics, practice and funding of maternity care worldwide.
It’s an educational resource and hub that aims to bring people together so we can:
- shine a light on our current maternity system,
- educate women and pregnant people about different maternity services that are available to them,
- help people understand they have a choice,
- and to share information about new and evolving midwifery models of care.
Through this Birth Time platform, we hope to educate, inspire and motivate young women, pregnant women and people, mothers, partners, grandparents, family, birth workers, midwives, doctors, policymakers, politicians, organisations and corporations to be the voice for change.
When we improve women’s/peoples experiences around birth, we change the world.
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Check out The She Births® Show Podcast we recorded with the fantastic Jo Hunter who is part of the Birth Time film.