It surprised me to see a DVD copy of the documentary “The Business of Being Born” available at one of my local county libraries. I put it on hold for 25 cents (have I mentioned how I think the public library is one of the best inventions ever?!), picked it up a few days later, and finally got to watch it with my husband the other night. The movie completely spoke to my disappointing experiences with hospital births and my very satisfying home birth. I wish everyone — pregnant or not, male or female — would watch the movie! The problem is that the type of people drawn to the movie in the first place already believe the viewpoint presented there and the movie is preaching to the choir! Those who don’t already share the viewpoint that home birth is a wonderful, safe, empowering choice for women seem to think that the movie is extreme and biased. How do we convince the very people who need to see the movie that it is well worth seeing?
One way would be to point to the scientific studies that back up the safety of home birth. I was so happy to see news of a study showing that home births are safer than hospital births for low risk pregnancies. Yes! Shout it from the rooftops! Do more studies! Spread the word!
Have you seen the movie? What are your thoughts? Have you heard word about when the book the sequel will be released?
P.S. My husband read this post and wants to say the following: “People who are planning a hospital birth can benefit from watching the movie too because it points out common mistakes that hospitals make such as pushing epidurals and other pain medications and unnecessary interventions such as pitocin. The movie can help women and their partners manage the care in the hospital and avoid common pitfalls in hospital births that taint the experience.” (I love that man — he reads my blog AND agrees with me!)