20 SEPTEMBER 2014
Community Learning Centre
Penguin Primary School
105 Ironcliffe Rd
MicroBirth is a feature-length documentary looking at birth in a whole new way; through the lens of a microscope. Apart from the obvious gift of life, the seeding of the baby's microbiome is perhaps the second greatest "gift" parents can give the baby. The purpose of the documentary is to raise public awareness of the importance of “seeding the baby’s microbiome” at birth with the mother’s own bacteria.
The film investigates the latest scientific research that is starting to link the way babies are born with health in later life, particularly the increased risk of children developing certain immune-related conditions, including asthma, type 1 diabetes, celiac (coeliac) disease, obesity, cardio-vascular diseases, mental health disorders and even some cancers.
This film is exempt from classification but has been self assessed as suitable for mature audiences as it contains some nudity with scenes of childbirth.
I attended the screening of Microbirth and we had a great discussion about the film, during a fantastic event hosted by ASTRO Tas in Penguin in September. ASTRO Tas arranged access to the film and showed it on its world premiere date!