Anyone approaching birth should watch this film about modern midwifery. There was a lot of talk about natural birthing and midwifery 30 years ago, but the buzz about those traditional “alternatives” vanished, while the medicalization of birth has accelerated to extreme heights. Some areas of the country have 45% ceaserean rates. This film does a great job illuminating how early choices (like inducement) rapidly funnel one’s later options into surgery. The complicated figures, jargon, and options are explored by following the film maker as she makes some very hard choices in her own pregnancy. You get to see several natural births play out in cinematic detail; they are stunning. Not what you expect. This documentary is a potential mind-changer.
The Business of Being Born
2007, 84 min.
$2, Amazon Instant Video rental
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