Saturday, 25 May 2024
Saturday, 25 May 2024

Abigail’s Footsteps will premiere a new training film for midwives

On 10 October, at the start of Baby Loss awareness week, the charity Abigail’s Footsteps will premiere its latest film ‘Deafening Silence 2’ at the Curzon Soho in London. The film a sequel to the groundbreaking ‘Deafening Silence’ will form part of the Abigail’s Angels Training programme for midwives and health professionals around the world to better understand how to support bereaved parents and families.

‘Deafening Silence 2’ focuses on the experience of mothers having a second child, following a stillbirth or neo-natal death and is the sequel to ‘Deafening Silence’ the hard-hitting training baby loss film for midwives. Written and directed by Chris Godwin, the first film had an immediate impact, leading to positive changes in maternity wards and this second film is destined to also have a huge impact on the care that is offered. 

The new film tells the story of a mother’s psychological struggle to embrace the birth of her second child, following the neo-natal death of her first. It features a stellar cast with credits ranging from Killing Eve to Harry Potter and Netflix’s Sandman. The new film aims to build on the success of the first and help midwives to reflect on their interactions with mothers returning for their second child following a bereavement.  

The ‘Deafening Silence’ won, a GOLD EVCOM for Best Drama and Best Charity film, second prize at the Viewster International Film Festival, and has currently had 445,000 views on YouTube. Prize money and support from the Burdett Trust for Nursing and the Colyer Ferguson Charitable Trust have funded the follow-up film.

David Ward, charity Co-Founder and Trustee, Abigail’s Footsteps, said:

“We are immensely proud of ‘Deafening Silence’ and everything it has achieved. We created a beautiful legacy for our daughter Abigail, which has helped train midwives around the world, as well as help families have a better understanding of stillbirth. We knew without a doubt there was a need for a second film and are grateful to everyone that has made this possible, including the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust and The Burdett Trust for Nursing. We hope this second film goes on to have an even greater impact and helps enhance our Abigail’s Angels Training Programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.” 

To find out more about Abigail’s Footsteps visit www.abigailsfootsteps.co.uk

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