This video, Pregnant in America (2008), is amazing. Watch and learn. http://www.hulu.com/#!watch/235715.
Quoting olivejuice2:If I remember correctly, it is basically a home made version of Business of Being Born. Eye opening stuff. I also found Ina May Gaskin's book "Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta" very informative.
I haven't seen Business of Being Born. But God bless Ina May.
Quoting olivejuice2:It's been a while since I've seen either, but Business of Being Born clearly had more money and bigger names behind it, while Pregnant in America was essentially a guy with a camera. They interview a lot of the same experts and make a lot of the same points. I think Business of Being Born came out first, but they were made around the same time period.
One of my faves is Cellular Echoes: Environmental Influences from the Womb to the World.
Have seen it! It is
I think too much thought goes into pregnancy and too much intervention goes into birth in the US.
I like watching birth shows....but Im over the US ones. Step 1: give epidural Step 2 give meds to speed up the process Step 3: tell the mother they need a C-Section. Step 4 : charge a crap load of money.
In the US a natural birth is giving birth to a baby without meds or intervention....here its giving birth via the vagina. We have natural births and C-sections.
Not as dangerous as being born in South Africa. Or rural India. Or any other third world country.
Not as dangerous as many third world countries, but the US pretty much sucks when it comes to giving birth. So many Drs are in such a rush that they won't be bothered by letting nature take it's course. They push inductions and C-sections regardless if it's needed or not. It's repulsive and it's one of the main reasons I will never willingly give birth in a hospital nor have an OB as my Dr.
I didn't read that one but i read "Ina May's Guide To Childbirth" when I was pregnant with my second. A great book and I think important to read for any pregnant woman, regardless of how she wants to give birth. I think it's great for getting to know how our bodies are supposed to work during labor and delivery.
I was all fired up to have a natural birth the second time around and then it didn't end up working. I ended up having another emergency c-section. However, I'm glad I at least tried and I would do the same thing all over again. My husband thought I was crazy though when I talked about how great it would be to give birth on The Farm. lol
We as a society really need to rethink our approach to childbirth. We have people rushing down the freeway at dangerous speeds to get to the almighty hospital before the child pops out of the vagina. I'm sorry but the hospital is not the be-all end-all of successful childbirth. If we women would just educate ourselves better about our own bodies, we wouldn't feel a need to rush to the hospital at that first contraction just to have others tell us what we should already know how to do.
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