The Charleston Birth Place is sponsoring a free screening of Microbirth to provide information to Charleston mothers and mothers-to-be about the importance of where and how they give birth. This documentary examines the scientific side of starting a family and explores new research about common modern birth practices. Through interviews with prominent scientists in the U.S. and the U.K., the film seeks to educate women and their families about the different risks and benefits associated with certain birth methods and aims to raise awareness about the options that women have available to them.

The screening takes place Sun. Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. at Cinebarre (963 Houston Northcutt Blvd.) and is free, with a suggested donation of $15 that will go toward the Charleston Birth Place Foundation. As we reported last November, DHEC threatened to shut down the center — along with other ones across the state — but the Charleston Birth Place was able to remain open. Besides the certified midwives who provide care for women who have chosen water birth, the Charleston Birth Place also offers lactation consultants, childbirth education, a lending library, preconception visits, and assistance with family planning.