I came across this video as I was searching and researching information on natural birth. Thankfully I have had two natural births but the nature of it I find amazing and now that I am pregnant with my third I want to do everything I physically can to prepare myself for another one God willing. It is very important when you have decided (and it is your choice) on a natural birth to surround yourself with information that helps to promote that. Therefore whether you start hypnobirthing sessions, breathing classes, prenatal yoga, listening to tapes, watching home births etc .. it allows your mind and body to acknowledge that you too are capable of having that type of birth. You are empowering yourself and the level of fear that society, people’s experiences, Drs etc start to reduce and you begin to believe that this is what your body is meant to be doing without the need of intervention.
This video is a 6 part series and worth watching. Thanks to Ricki Lake for bringing this topic to light especially to mums to be in America.
“The Business of Being Born is a 2008 documentary film that explores the contemporary experience of childbirth in the United States.
Produced by Ricki Lake, it compares various childbirth methods, including midwives, natural births, epidurals, and Cesarean sections.
The film criticizes the American health care system with its emphasis on drugs and costly interventions and its view of childbirth as a medical emergency rather than a natural occurrence.
The film documents actual home births and water births. They follow a midwife, Cara, in New York as she takes care of and attends several births.
They then give the audience several shocking statistics about our current birthing techniques and challenges today’s doctors.
For example, the United States has the second worst newborn death rate in the developed world. Many experts are interviewed and they cite a multitude of reasons for this dismal statistic such as the overuse of medical procedures in the interest of saving time.”