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Some of my observations: There are NO LDMs, only CNMs highlighted in the movie. (interesting as is always praised by DEMs) They go out of their way to degrade hospital experience, and blur the lines between hospital OB care of decades gone by, and contemporary hospital OB care. They work hard to make hospital OB providers look like clowns (silly music, monty python clips smoothly interchanged), and home birth providers look cool and hip. They emphasize the dangers of c/s and epidural, essentially saying that any mom who experiences either will not love their baby. The dramatic culminating end birth story is terrifying to watch as the midwife dilly dallies as a woman almost precipitously delivers a pre-term breech babe--which turns out to be severely IUGR, which the midwife apparently missed in her long but seemingly worthless prenatal visits. All in all had some sweet birth stories (I am a birth story junkie, a flaw, I know). And the main midwife talked about her less than graceful struggles with the pain of childbirth, which I thought was pretty funny. But full of misinformation and blatant emotional manipulation. Not to mention that the main midwife highlighted later was sued for a term perinatal loss. I'd give it a big thumbs down
Every woman who gives birth in America should view this film. If you think we have the best maternal care in the world, check out the COLD HARD FACTS about abuses in L & D in American hospitals, all for the love of money & comfort & ease for the DOCTOR, not the soon-to-be MOTHER!
I had my first nightmare birth in the hospital as described in the video and then have gone on to have four wonderful and peaceful births in my home with whomever I wanted & AT MY OWN PACE with no torturous pitocin hurrying me along. I LOVE THIS VIDEO & HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
R. Lake does an excellent job doing homework on a very important subject that SHOULD be thoroughly researched, like we do when buying a car, computer, or even running shoes.
Even if you are not a fan of the natural childbirth/homebirth movement, you will learn a lot from this film about problems with childbirth in today's American hospitals. I gained a new respect for those who elect a homebirth and have a better understanding of what it means to have a homebirth attended by a skilled midwife. It is really interesting to see the homebirths in the film, which, unexpectedly, take place in urban New York City and not somewhere in rural America. The film has a definite point of view which sometimes can come across as anti-medicine, but if one is willing to look past some of the more radical viewpoints, there is a lot of insight to be gained about how to improve all births, both at home and in hospitals.
I watched this on-emand 2 twice before I decided I had to own a copy. Anyone interested in birth, natural childbirth, motherhood, or womanhood would love this! A touching documentary of women giving birth. Amazing that they would allow us to share in such an intimate time -especially since most were home births. If you are thinkning of having children you should see this movie -I learned alot and I'm sure you will too.
This documentary also solidified my decision to persue a career in natural childbirth -I can't wait to share this with all of my friends and family.
I am a childbirth educator, and this video was a must have. Of course, the facts are shaded just enough to make you believe that a natural un-medicated birth is barely possible in a hospital, but they are still the facts.
They clearly show how the USA has taken birth away from mothers and put it into the hands of the doctors.
One main thing I didn't like about the movie was that they don't throughly explain the C-section at the end. Be sure to watch the extras because it is explained in there.