A birth would be the most natural thing in the world to be. Yet there is a warning on this video: “This film features a real birth scene which viewers might find distressing.”
Why? Because for a million newborns every year, their first day is also their last.
‘First Day’ is great work from Save the Children UK. Filmed with respect for mother and child.
The footage comes from the maternal waiting home at Peters Town Clinic in Liberia and was not created specifically for this ad.
Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children said: “The first day of a child’s life is the most dangerous and too many mothers give birth alone on the floor of their home or in the bush without any life-saving help. We hear horror stories of mothers walking for hours during labour to find trained help, all too often ending in tragedy.”
“It’s criminal that many of these deaths could be averted simply if there was someone on hand to make sure the birth took place safely and who knew what to do in a crisis.“