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Coming Soon: Free Movie “Reducing Infant Mortality” July 1, 2009


Thanks to Maria at the Massachusetts Friends of Midwives Blog, I just stumbled across a a trailer for a new documentary that will be FREE to view on July 26, 2009.  The video is titled “Reducing Infant Mortality and Improving the Health of Babies” and is sponsored by the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute Center for Clinical Studies and Rearch. 


Watch the trailer here!



As stated on the website, “This free film will be a tool for everyone to use to draw attention to infant mortality and health issues as national health care policy is debated on Capitol Hill.”


The movie’s official website also reads:

The current US Health Care System is failing babies and families before, during and after birth. At this critical moment when the US government is re-envisioning our health care system, we are seizing the opportunity to make a 10-12 minute video not only to point out the flaws in the way we care for babies and families, but also to identify the keys to improved care. Our infant mortality ranking is 42nd on the world stage which means 41 countries have better statistics. This places us right in the middle of the following countries: Guam, Cuba, Croatia and Belarus, with over double the infant deaths compared to the top 10 countries of the world. (CIA World Factbook).

Our astronomically high African American infant mortality rate at 16 deaths per 1,000 is similar to countries such as Malaysia and the West Bank. Not only are babies dying needlessly, but the ones who survive this failing system are also often adversely affected by unnecessary procedures and separation from mother and family. Our intent with this video is to encourage policy makers to consider a health care system that holds prevention of these calamities as a high priority.  The midwifery model of care for healthy low-risk women is a simple solution which addresses many of these issues simultaneously.

We are advocating for a health care system in which it will be standard procedure for mothers and babies to thrive and not merely survive through birth and early life. The midwifery model of care will save our health care system millions of dollars each year.

To read about the credentials of the experts you see in the film’s trailer please visit  About the Film  and scroll to the bottom.


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9 Responses to “Coming Soon: Free Movie “Reducing Infant Mortality””

  1. nursingbirth Says:

    Ooooh! I’m getting good at posting videos! Haha! I think I might figure out this blogging thing yet!

  2. Rebekah Says:

    I’m really looking forward to this one…

  3. Sharon Says:

    So, I’m curious; besides bringing in a midwifery model of care, what other steps could the US bring in to reduce the infant mortality rate? Do you think that, for example, socializing health care would make things better or worse (in this particular field)? I’m not trying to start a war of words here or a political debate, I’m just wondering how that would affect the current standard of healthcare in the USA.

  4. Molly Says:

    Wow what a teaser! I want to watch it now!!!!

  5. MomTFH Says:

    Sharon, every developed country with universal health care has better maternal and infant outcomes than the United States. I don’t know about calling that causality, but it is a pretty strong link to me. Many of them also use midwives more. I think a combination of the two would be wonderful for the United States to try. It would probably not only improve outcomes, but save money.

  6. erin Says:

    @ Sharon – I have not done serious research into infant mortality, but I wouldn’t be surprised if higher rates of infant mortality (worldwide, and in the US specifically) were also tied to rates of poverty/ lack of access to health care – whereas in socialized countries, everybody has the same access to the same health care. Nobody is uninsured, so one would (presumably) see higher rates of prenatal and antenatal care, in addition to more midwifery/ fewer medical interventions at the time of birth. Women are also given paid maternity leave and sometimes baby nurses for the postpartum period, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were also lower rates of postpartum depression. . . If we had universal health care, we would see better prenatal care for all women, as well as possibly more midwifery/ fewer interventions.

  7. Alev Says:

    Interesting teaser! I can’t wait to see the full version! 🙂

    I actually have an unrelated question, too.
    I just saw a couple of posts about “pit to distress” on unnecessarean and keyboard revolutionary’s blogs. Can you comment on that as a L&D nurse?! Is the intent really to distress the baby in order to “induce” a c-section? I’m distressed that such things may actually happen, and am holding out a little hope that it’s a misunderstanding in terms….


  8. Ashley Fuller Says:

    I just watched the documentary Orgasmic Birth last week, and this looks like it has many of the same experts (and at least one of the same moms in a brief clip). Orgasmic Birth is another really interesting film to watch–the “by the numbers” special feature alone is EXTREMELY informative. It’s available through Netflix and for sale online.

  9. Blair Says:

    You haven’t posted the whole month of August and I am due soon! 😉 I love this blog!

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