three birth caregivers—a obstetrician, a nurse-midwife, and a
licensed homebirth midwife—each with a dramatically different
idea about what constitutes best care for birthing women. Learn how
they see their work and what factors—medical, legal, and
cultural—influence women's choices in the birthing room.
Featured on the Oxygen Network, and in Self
and Fit Pregnancy.
information about the film, the issues, and resources for pregnant
women, visit the following: ITVS
website from the film's PBS broadcast; Resources for Pregnant Women: websites, organizations, research; Guide to Safe and Effective Care During Labor and Birth; How to Have a Better Birth: Questions to Ask Care Providers
man, woman, and child in this country should see this film.
Northrup, MD, Author, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
honest,… addresses all the issues that women, and couples
looking forward to birth, too, want to consider: not only safety, but
also power and powerlessness in childbirth, women’s right to
control the territory in which they give birth.
Kitzinger, Author, The Politics of Birth
produced, well balanced, and comprehensive in its portrayal of
contemporary childbirth in America. The film correctly observes that
too many women have neither access to services for, nor even knowledge
about, the full range of these choices.
Feinbloom, MD, author of Pregnancy, Birth and the Newborn: The Thinking Women's Guide
is heartening to see that a production of this caliber, which has
received a wide public showing, depicts a variety of birthing options.
It captures the complexity of birth and clearly points out the
involvement of today's women in the process.
valuable addition… Suited for community and organization
programmeetings and for high school and university classes.
Hodges, President, Citizens for Midwifery
best part of this video is the even-handed presentation of existing
maternity care models. The pictures tell the story elegantly and
eloquently. Recommended for community outreach programs and for those
promoting, protecting or supporting evidence-based maternity care.
J. Smith FACCE, IBCLC, Journal of Human Lactation
excellent documentary covers key topics essential to an understanding
of why maternity care in this country is now in crisis. Offering the
perspectives of obstetricians, midwives, and women who have chosen to
give birth in different settings – the home, free-standing
center, and hospital – the film presents a nuanced view of
obstacles we now face. The viewer is left far better educated about
what approaches and solutions might best improve birth outcomes as well
as the overall well-being of mothers and childbearing families.
Norsigian, Our Bodies
Ourselves Executive Director
Business of Being Born
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Produced In association with the Independent Television Service, with
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