The Business of Being Born

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Director Abby Epstein’s controversial documentary takes a hard look at America’s maternity care system, juxtaposing hospital deliveries against the growing popularity of at-home, natural childbirths that some expectant parents are opting for. Former talk show host Ricki Lake was inspired to produce this compelling exposé after a dissatisfying birthing experience with her first child left her with many unanswered questions.

via Netflix: The Business of Being Born

I was shocked when I watched this with my wife.  I had no idea the world of birthing a child could be so complicated.  I had no idea there was so much stuff going on behind the scenes that may or may not be necessary.  From a guy’s point of view or the uneducated eye – here’s the way it goes:

Woman goes into hospital.

Doctor does what he or she can to deliver the baby.

That’s it.

That’s what TV shows and movies have taught us through the years.  The woman is flat on her back and the doctor is giving her whatever they deem necessary at the time of the delivery.

After watching this movie a lot of that thought process has changed.  I had no idea (or didn’t want to believe) that doctors could be so cold to a woman in labor.  That they would worry more about getting home than they would be about getting the woman to have a healthy baby.  Aren’t doctors supposed to take care of us?  We have to trust them because they usually know what’s right or am I misguided in thinking this.

The topics explored here are topics that all women should have the option of knowing about.  It is like there is this secret under layer to pregnancy  that the hospitals and insurance companies have enough money to keep quiet.  It’s disgusting to see money take over in such a way.

This was a solid documentary that everyone should see whether you are pregnant, not pregnant, thinking of being pregnant, or you are just someone who needs an eye opener.  Is the mid wife way the best?  It seems to be working throughout the world, but not here in America.  Watch this movie and then decide for yourself.


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  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    I put this movie review up in one of my other blogs and I wanted to send it on to this one. This was a solid documentary that I just felt the need to pass along.

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