Saturday, March 28, 2009
Business of Being Born
I just watched the movie The Business of Being Born by Rikki Lake and Abbey Epstein. I have to say that it was an excellent movie. It really makes a strong argument that home birth is safe and a preferable way to give birth. I have heard that the movie glorifies home birth and vilifies hospital birth and doctors too much. Considering how much hospital births have been unjustifiably glorified in this country I cannot see the justification behind this argument. It was so interesting to see how it depicted the way women lost their control over their births and how it is still regulated by different factors other then the women themselves. Even if a person is not considering a home birth or even a natural birth it would still be a good movie just to see how important it is to trust their body and be comfortable in taking control during their births. During my first birth I was too worried about being a "good" patient. I look back now and I wish I had had the courage to just tell everyone what I wanted when I wanted it. It would have made my experience much better. I really recommend this movie to anyone who is pregnant or just doesn't know that much about home birth. It is really eye opening. Anyone else seen it? Tell me what you thought!