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“A Walk to Beautiful” Film Screening TODAY

Young women wait for a consultation before undergoing an operation at  the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. Photo: World Vision

Young women wait for a consultation before undergoing an operation at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.
Photo: World Vision

Good maternity care has far reaching effects for families, communities and even the wider economy. Today is International Day of the Midwife, a day set aside to highlight the importance of midwives, and the contribution midwives make to the health of their nations.

To commemorate this day, we’re hosting an on-line screening of A Walk to Beautiful, a film that tells the stories of five Ethiopian women who suffer from devastating childbirth injuries and embark on a journey to regain their health and reclaim their lost dignity. During this social screening you will be joined by World Vision staff who will be able to answer your questions and facilitate conversation around the film.

This online event is at 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET.
Click here to join the screening.

Obstetric fistula occurs during labor when the baby is unable to pass through the birth canal. The baby presses down on the mother’s pelvic bone, cutting off blood supply and causing the tissue to die. The resulting hole causes urinal or fecal incontinence. Most often, the child does not survive and the mother has a new life full of shame and ostracization.

A survey of nine African countries by the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) in 2003 found that most fistula patients were poor, uneducated teenagers who developed a fistula while giving birth to their first child. Some were as young as 12. A girl’s pelvic bone is typically not fully grown and developed until the age of 21; the less developed, the greater the risk for an obstructed birth. Beyond fistulas, the United Nations reports that child birth is the number one cause of death for girls aged 15-19. Measures need to be taken to appropriately time pregnancies so they happen later in life, so the mother and child are at reduced risk, and to provide mothers with the resources they need.

Join us and be part of the conversation! https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/tdr5w

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