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MICROBIRTH Screening & Panel Discussion hosted by Kasia Sanvee

  • Maylses Documentary Center 343 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

MICROBIRTH Screening & Panel Discussion with Dr. Kelly Brogan, Dr. Lawrence Palevsky, Dr. Eden Fromberg, Simone Marshall & Sarah Kamrath

The "Microbirth" screening will be followed by a panel discussion with very SPECIAL GUESTS and a reception giving an opportunity to meet and talk with birth and other health professionals (midwives, doulas, childbirth educators...)

Special Guests:
Kelly Brogan, MD - Holistic Women's Health Psychiatrist
Lawrence Palevsky, MD - Holistic Pediatrician
Eden G. Fromberg, DO - Osteopathic physician, Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Board Certified in Integrative & Holistic Medicine
Simone Marshall, CNM - NYC based Home Birth Midwife
Sarah Kamrath - Filmmaker and Childbirth Educator


The way we give birth has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. Some leading scientists are warning that these changes could have serious repercussions for the lifelong health of our children.

Featuring prominent scientists from the UK and North America, "Microbirth" examines how modern birth practices could be interfering with critical biological processes potentially making our children more susceptible to disease later in life.
Recent population studies have shown babies born by Caesarean Section have approximately a 20% increased risk of developing asthma, 20% increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a similar risk with obesity and slightly smaller increases with gastro-intestinal conditions like Crohn's disease or celiac disease. These conditions are all linked to the immune system.

"Microbirth" explores several possible explanations. If a baby is born by Caesarean Section, scientists hypothesise this could alter the "seeding" of the baby's microbiome, the critical transfer of good bacteria from mother to baby at birth. Scientists suggest this could lead to the baby's immune system not developing to its full potential. Another hypothesis is the actual process of vaginal birth, including the cocktail of hormones produced during labour, could profoundly affect the baby's immune regulation and metabolism.

The film raises awareness of the potential importance of "seeding" the microbiome for all babies, whether born naturally or by C-section. This is an issue not just for parents and health professionals, but also for all our world leaders. For surely now is the time for childbirth to be the focus of serious, urgent attention at the highest level?"