Compassion with Childbirth

Cathy Warwick, the chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives| came up from London to see the film “Face of Birth” and participate in the panel discussion afterwards. Although it has been shown to a “closed audience” this was the first public viewing in the UK. 125 members of the public, qualified midwives and students were welcomed by head of school, Angela North-Rose|, who gave a motivating welcome address. After the film showing the audience put questions to the panel, and a lively discussion ensued with the consensus of opinion about giving personalised and compassionate care to women in childbirth. Empowering women was a strong theme that arose.

The panel comprised:

  • Cathy Warwick – chief executive of the RCM
  • Shirley Smith – Midwifery Officer for the East Midlands Local Supervising Authority
  • Christina Oppenheimer – Consultant Obstetrician at University Hospitals of Leicester
  • Dianne Menage – Warwickshire midwife – who features in the film
  • Mara Tonks – midwifery manager from University Hospitals of Leicester
  • Sue Nyombi – senior lecturer in midwifery at DMU – chair of the panel

The audience enjoyed the event, which they found moving and thought provoking. Leanne Heath, an Access Course student, said“I got to the Face of Birth film and panel discussion just a few minutes late. I would just like to say how incredibly helpful it was for my future career. As I am only just starting my Access course at Loughborough, the workload over the next 4 years was somewhat intimidating, however yesterday left me feeling very inspired and I am now sure that midwifery is the perfect career for me.”- See more at: Health and Life Sciences news

Information about the documentary:
The Face of Birth| was filmed across the globe, this powerful film about respecting and protecting a woman's right to choose how, where and with whom she gives birth. Through the diverse and moving stories of five women who choose to have homebirths The Face of Birth| gives us the big-picture on the importance of how, where and with whom we give birth to our children.

Featuring interviews with some of the world's top childbirth experts, The Face of Birth explores the links between choice and safety. It exposes the hidden costs, broader social consequences and explores the growing importance of human rights issues.

Trailer and other information on the film available here|

International Day of the Midwife

Midwives, midwifery lecturers and student midwives from DMU participated in the Virtual International Day of the Midwife which brought midwives, and all those interested in childbirth from across the globe together using online electronic media. A range of issues were discussed on line.

Square Mile Breastfeeding booklet launched

De Montfort University student midwives have identified the best breastfeeding facilities in Leicester as part of a project to help new mums.

John Lewis and M&S came out on top with five star ratings awarded for their clean, comfortable and dedicated rooms for breastfeeding and baby-changing facilities in the city.

Square Mile manager Mark Charlton said: “Our student midwives have shown great tenacity and commitment to deliver this booklet, and the result is a publication which will benefit new mums in Leicester. It is very easy to read and understand. I’m very proud that students have worked with new mothers from the Square Mile project area to produce something that could benefit Leicester city-wide and make businesses and public places aware of the need for good facilities for breastfeeding mums.”

Freedom For Birth

On the 20 September 2012 DMU was proud to be one of a thousand venues worldwide selected to screen the ground-breaking documentary ‘Freedom For Birth’. The 60 minute film is a new documentary that identifies poor maternity care as the world’s most pressing global human rights issue and features leading birth experts and international human rights lawyers, all calling for radical change to the world's maternity systems. Following the success of this event DMU plans to offer further film screenings and forums for debate over the next few months.

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