Monday, December 03, 2018

Hebrides midwifery documentary by Honey Bee Pictures

I'm excited to share a guest post from filmmakers Jacob ; Honey Hesmondhalgh-Scott of Honey Bee Pictures. They are crowdfunding to support their newest documentary project

Off the West Coast of Scotland lies some of the most remote islands in the UK, the Outer Hebrides.
With a rich cultural history, beautiful landscapes and a peaceful way of life, many thousands call these islands their home.

Living here comes with its own set of joys and challenges, but how does remote and rural midwifery impact a person’s pregnancy?

Especially if you’re unable to give birth on the island you call home.

A new feature documentary, currently in production, explores exactly this. It gives insight to the complications of pregnancy and birth in the Outer Hebrides and forms a portrait of the only midwife on the remote Isle of Barra.


Hebrides Midwifery Documentary - Trailer from Honey Bee Pictures on Vimeo.

On the Isle of Barra, Veronica, the island’s only midwife, expects 10-15 births per year, from a population of around 1,000. However, with no childbirth facilities on the island, all women leave at 38 weeks and travel to a hospital of their choosing to deliver. Meaning they could be away from home, away from family, for up to one month.

This upheaval can cause emotional, financial and physical stress. Though the NHS does provide some reimbursement, this never covers the costs in reality of moving a family away from their home.

The subsequent communication between hospitals and health boards, the crucial timing of the trip, the wellbeing of child and expectant mother, all falls to Veronica.

Previously a senior maternity co-ordinator in Lanarkshire, Veronica has been a midwife for 30 years.
Having dreamed of one day living and working in the Hebrides, 18 months ago, this became a reality and Veronica stepped back into community midwifery.

On an island with no obstetricians, gynaecologists, ultrasound equipment or labour ward, a tremendous amount of responsibility lies on veronica’s shoulders.

The Film

This independent documentary creates a striking portrait of life in the Western Isles--travelling with couples off the island across their pregnancies, flying out from the only airport in the world that lands on open beach, and learning first hand the realities of starting a family in the remote and rural Western Isles.

We hope to screen the film all over Scotland and the UK, in educational settings for universities and hospitals, international film festivals and online streaming platforms.

In other lovely news, Veronica has just been nominated for the Scotland Maternity and Midwifery Festival Achievement Award in recognition of her contribution to maternity services.

If you’re interested in supporting the film and keeping up to date with the production, we are crowdfunding to allow us to keep making the film.

If you can, please help by donating, sharing and spreading the film to your family and friends
Click here for the link and here for my Facebook page, where the film can be easily shared

To contact the filmmakers, you can get in touch through our website
www.honeybeepictures.co.uk.

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