The business of being born

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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 9:54am

I don't know if anyone here has seen this movie yet, I watched it last night and highly recommend it to anyone considering having a baby in the US. . . . It was quite tastefully done.

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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 11:49am
I have seen the movie, I watched it maybe a few weeks ago.
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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 12:34pm
Ella recommended it a few weeks ago, and I've added it to my netflix queue, but have not gotten it yet! I look forward to seeing it soon!


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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 12:46pm

You can watch it instantly on your computer on Netflix. That's what we did.

I thought it was interesting but watched it knowing they were pushing one side. I'm going to try to have a natural birth in a hospital. One thing DH did not like about it is that of all the births they showed, only one had the father actively engaged in it, most you couldn't see the father during the birth.









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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 12:51pm
Yeah, I really liked that movie; I know it was generally one-sided, but it's the side I'm most interested in learning about, so I loved it, lol! I had already made my decision in terms of our birth plan before I watched the movie, so I was okay with it being a bit biased. I agree with a PPer though, if you want to hear both "sides", you'd need to do some homework and perhaps talk to your health care proefessional to gain that perspective.

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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 12:56pm
It's available for "Watch is Now"on Netflix too.
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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 6:29pm

I remember there being a discussion about this movie not too long ago, but I hadn't seen it at the time, so couldn't

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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 9:39pm

So, I just watched the movie - wow - it's indescribable! All I can say to sum up my thoughts is "scary...beautiful...scary...beautiful". Seeing those women give birth and having that first moment with their baby was just...breathtaking (and that's not even a good enough word).

I don't know much about the options though, and I would definitely like to read/watch something that shows the other side as well. I will absolutely do research into which birth method is best for me though, and not just assume what the Dr. says goes.

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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 11:55pm

Me and DH watched this movie a few weeks ago, and we both LOVED it. As Ella said, my opinions on this topic were already sort of aligned with theirs, so the fact that it was one sided wasn't a huge issue for me. I feel like the side they were showing was one that no one was/is seeing, so it's right for it to be one sided--the other side is everywhere! All the Baby Stories and everything--how often do you see a home birth? NEVER. And while they occasionally show a natural birth they always seem to portray it in the worst scariest light--and how many natural births do they show versus the medicated or C-section ones?

As far as the Stats go--the average C-section rate in the States is 25%, which is absolutely unnecessarily ridiculous.

I think the main idea of the movie was something that people aren't hearing from their Ob/gyn's--that while it's okay to use an epidural or pitocin if you want/need it, it's not just a great thing, it's a trade-off. Women who are able to give birth naturally (vaginally with no medications or medical interventions) are taking part in a very life-altering spiritual act, which they are choosing to fully experience. While I am certain that birth and motherhood changes all women who go through it, my deep feeling is that natural birth puts you into a different state of consciousness and spiritual awareness, and that it is one of the most challenging, rewarding, and empowering experiences that a woman can have. When doctors don't educate woman about what they are giving up when they choose to have an epidural or an elective C-section, I think they are taking something of critical importance away from women.

As for me, I do plan to give birth to my first child in a birth center in a hospital, with a midwife, and I plan to do it un-medicated--obviously I know that things do happen, but I do feel strongly and I will do all I can to have a natural and medication-free birth. For future babies I would love to have home births--I just know for myself that I will feel nervous the first time and that being in a birth center will make me feel more comfortable.

Anyway, I think the movie is awesome, even DH liked it, and I would encourage all women to watch it, esp if they are PG or planning to get PG in the future.




Edited 5/5/2008 10:39 am ET by justadrienne
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Mon, 05-05-2008 - 7:56am

Well said, Adrienne!

Oh, and GL this cycle, I'm sending tons of baby dust!!


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Mon, 05-05-2008 - 10:41am
Thanks Ella! Oh, and congrats on having a definite TTC date! That feels so awesome, doesn't it?
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