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Business Of Being Born (DVD)

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I am so glad to see this movie

by on 9/1/2008

When I told everyone I was going to use a midwife for my birth two years ago no one protested to my face how much of a bad idea they thought it was. They all pulled my husband aside to use him to talk sence into me. The first thing they all told him was "how unsafe it was". My husbands counter argument was, "how do you know that, where have you read that?" Since their fear was not founded on anything except some general impresstion or tv and not on anything of substance, they would back down from my husbands statement. There are so many people out their who think home birth and trained midwifes are unsafe, but the numbers say something different. Women are made to be afraid of something they don't have to be afraid of. It is my most fervent hope that this movie will help to remove the fear that women have been made to feel. I think the movie do a good job at focsing on the most important things people need to know and the footage of the wonderful births on the film are esental. Women need to see real birth, and that's not what women are seeing on the screen. They are seeing fear and intervetion on the screen now. I am so glad my husband and I made the choice to be out of the hospital. My labor started and stopped, started again and from their took 21 hours before I had my daughter. There were no complications, I was just a putter. If I had been in a hospital they wouldn't have had the patince for me. They would have been trying to get me on the sugery table for sure, even though there was nothing wrong with me or baby. Since I was able to eat, drink and sleep during labor I was able to keep my strength up for the long hall. Yes I did sleep though contractions, it is possible. And no I didn't do any screaming like you see in the movies. (Remember, movies are movies)My birth was much like you will see on this film.

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Birth is a miracle a rite of passage a natural part of life. But birth is also big business. Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child actress ricki lake recruits filmmaker abby epstein to question the way american women have babies.


Publisher New Line
Mfg Part# 9780780680203
SKU 207501148
Format DVD
ISBN10 0780680200
Release Date 4/28/2009
DVD, Spanish, Subtitled
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times Epstein and Lake's own commitment to you-are-there realism is remarkable...bringing new meaning to the phrase "naked truth."
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News Passionate, enlightening and unabashedly should be seen by every pregnant woman in America.
Julia Wallace, The Village Voice absorbing, thought-provoking inquiry into what modern birth has become and how to make it better.
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide ...a serious and well-researched consideration of natural childbearing vs. hospital delivery...
Noel Murray, The Onion A.V. Club ...Epstein anchors the film nicely with her own pregnancy, which occurs while the documentary is in production...
Stephen Holden, The New York Times A passionate ground-level examination of home childbirth.
Tamara Straus, San Francisco Chronicle A powerful, frightening look at America's delivery room.
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