Ingham Daily Press

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A Mother’s Arms – with tender, love and care

WHEN women come together with a collective intention – magic happens.

Local physiotherapist Katherine Shepherd is rallying for the Ingham community to host a screening of the documentary ‘Birth Time’, at the Ingham Picture Theatre, on Wednesday 23rd June at 6pm.

Having been employed locally for the last five years, she has completed additional training in pelvic health, gerontological physiotherapy, pilates and lymphoedema, offering these services to the region.

Katherine said: ‘Bringing this documentary to Ingham isn’t about telling people the right or wrong way to prepare for and welcome babies into the world.

‘It’s about promoting education and advocacy, so that people know their choices, and can feel confident and supported in their decisions.

‘We need to always be working towards improving birth outcomes for people and their families.’

For actress Zoe Naylor, the birth of her second child in 2016 was a ‘revelation’.

The documentary is by Jerusha Sutton, Jo Hunter and a well known Australian actress Zoe Naylor, who is recognisable from her role in McLeod’s Daughters.

The mum-of-two chose to birth with an independent midwife, Jo Hunter, and a doula, Jerusha Sutton, and emerged feeling empowered and with a deep sense of healing.

These three women, embark on a mission to find out why an increasing number of women are emerging from their births physically and emotionally traumatised.

Zoe Naylor said: ‘Jo had the idea of making a documentary for 15 years and had tossed the concept around with Jerusha, but with my film-making and journalism background it all just crystalised.’

The creators of Birth Time the documentary Photo Supplied

This group of women were inspired to create change for all women and their families.

The ‘Birth Time’ documentary and global rights movement was born.

The film is an education and resource hub, that aims to:

  • Shine a light on our current maternity system
  • Educate women and pregnant people about different maternity services that are available to them
  • For them to understand they have a choice
  • Share information about new and evolving midwifery models of care

Through our ‘Birth Time’ platform, we hope to educate, inspire and motivate young women, pregnant women and people, mothers, partners, grandparent, family, birth workers, midwives, doctors, policy makers, politicians, organisations and corporations to be the voice for change.

Their discoveries expose the truth and lead them to join the birth revolution and forge a movement that hopes to change the face of maternity care in Australia and across the developed world.

Improving women’s experience of birth helps them set up a stronger bond with their babies, decreases the 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.

Photo supplied

As a part of the screening, the audience will have the opportunity to have an open Q and A session with health professionals within the health sector.

Breaking box office records, the new international; multi-award winning documentary is now showing in cinemas around Australia and New Zealand.

Ticket sales will be closing next Saturday 12 June and the public are encouraged to support this initiative.

For the film to proceed at the Ingham Picture Theatre, they are required to sell a minimum of 50 tickets for it to proceed.

The cost of tickets is $22.00 (+$1.95 booking fee).

Tickets can be purchased through : https://tickets.demand.film/event/10983

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