Required Viewing: The Business of Being Born

April 28, 2008 | 2 Comments

Listen up, Ladies. If there is one thing you should do while pregnant, it’s see this movie.

It may mean nothing to you if your idea of birthing bliss is having major surgery (aka a C-section). But for gals like me, who were excited to experience the empowering miracle of childbirth and ended up in the operating room, it’s a genius piece of work that answers questions as to why many of our birthing experiences didn’t follow our desires and how we might have prevented unnecessary medical intervention.

It’s an unnerving piece, to be sure–kind of the “Prego” to Michael Moore’s “Sicko”–but all very important and alarming stuff that rang completely true for me given my experience.

My only complaint is that “The Business of Being Born,” which was produced by Ricki Lake, was not available when I was pregnant. If it were, I would have followed a very different path.

Watch it and tell your pregnant friends to watch it, too. Whether you are pro natural childbirth or the “too posh to push” club, we women deserve the right to choose how we bring our children into the world. Ensuring we get that right begins with educating ourselves on ALL of the birthing options and making sure that other people know about them, too.

Filed Under Birthing, Pregnancy Health | Posted by Erika Lenkert

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2 Responses to “Required Viewing: The Business of Being Born”

  1. Manic Mommy on May 6th, 2008 1:29 pm

    Had I known what I know now, after an emergency c-section with my first and then two VBACs, I would have not let them suggest a c-section the first time around. I will check out this DVD… thanks for the suggestion. And your book looks like a great alternative to the old ones out there!

  2. Stephanie on May 23rd, 2008 11:03 pm

    I agree that it’s a powerful movie…very thought-provoking…sure to spark many important conversations between women and caregivers in the future.

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