INVESTIGATION: A documentary Microbirth is showing in Maleny, highlighting the importance of natural birth, skin to skin contact and breast feeding. Pictured is Sarah Cornfoot with her eighth-month-old baby boy Xavier.
INVESTIGATION: A documentary Microbirth is showing in Maleny, highlighting the importance of natural birth, skin to skin contact and breast feeding. Pictured is Sarah Cornfoot with her eighth-month-old baby boy Xavier. Patrick Woods

Doco explores risk of childbirth intervention

A NEW documentary being screened in Maleny shows that intervention, including caesarean-section births or formula feeding, could put children at risk later in life.

The documentary, Microbirth, being premiered worldwide on Saturday, September 20, investigates the latest research linking the way

babies are born with health in later life.

Filmmaker Toni Harman said the doco depicted a medical approach to childbirth through a microscope.

She said intervention,

including use of synthetic oxy

tocin, antibiotics, caesarean-section or formula feeding could significantly raise the risk of children developing serious disease later in life.

Sarah Cornfoot from Friends of the Birth Centre Sunshine Coast said the film explained the necessity of "seeding the baby's microbiome" at birth, ideally with vaginal birth, but also with skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding.

"In an ideal world women would be birthing naturally and breastfeeding, for the best outcomes for the baby," she said.

"Sometimes that's not

always possible and that's fine. The filmmakers are not intending to upset people that were not able to do one or both of those. But if you can do some of those it will have a positive effect on the long-term health of your baby."

Ms Cornfoot said the documentary highlighted a new area of research into the importance of a mother's bacteria to newborn babies and the long-term impacts on health issues including asthma and diabetes.

"The baby's immune system is developed in response to the mother's bacteria profile, so that's why birthing, skin-to-skin and breastfeeding are so important," she said.

The documentary will be shown at 6.30pm at Maleny Community Centre, Maple St, Maleny. Tickets cost $12.

Funds raised will go to better birth services on the Coast.

For more information, visit www.malenycommunitycentre.org/event/2806/. 



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