The Business of Being Born

July 12, 2011 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

In my opinion, The Business of Being Born  is a must see documentary for all parents.  It sheds some light onto the ever-increasing amount of cesarean deliveries performed in the United States as well as studies non-conventional births and the maternity care experience both present and past.

When I was seven months pregnant I met a friend of my sister Aly and she told us all about her natural birth experience.  She had planned a water birth, but in the end her fast labor literally didn’t allow time for them to fill the tub.  She did have an au natural birth (no drugs) and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.  She was very happy with her experience and recommends natural birth for those who think it might be a good idea for them.  When we asked what inspired her to try this method, she told us about this documentary.

As someone who was toying with the idea of forgoing an epidural I became much more convinced that au natural was for me after seeing The Business of Being Born.  As it was, I was over a week late, had to be induced, and then my daughter was born by cesarean due to a short umbilical cord.  Needless to say I was quite disappointed that my original plan didn’t go as I had hoped, but there’s always next time.  I’ll probably never go for a home birth, but this video is about much more than that.  I highly recommend it.

-Katie

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