It took forever, but I finally got to sit down and watch The Business of Being Born, a movie made by Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein about the birth industry in America. Yes, it has a bias towards homebirth.
To that I say “Amen!!!” All the other homebirthish movies I’ve seen so far are pretty dated, and people just tend to laugh at them. It’s about stinkin’ time a movie like this was made that can really be taken seriously.
I very much encourage any woman who is pregnant, is thinking about becoming pregnant at some point in the future, or who have had children under the traditional ob/gyn model of care, to watch this film. Critically, seriously, and with an open mind.
You may be surprised at what you learn.
It is a great place to start looking at your options for birth. It is not an end-all source of information, but an introduction to the mountain of evidence-based materials that are available for women who want more than the status quo for birth in this country.
As for me, I plan on buying a couple of copies to start my official “doula lending library”.
Click on the link in my sidebar to buy the dvd from their home site.