Friday, May 2, 2008

The Business of Being Born




This is a must see movie for all who are thinking of having another child! It a documentary about home birth. I liked this documentary partly because it did a great job in telling both sides of the story hospital birth versus home birth. They interview lots of OB/GYN doctors as well as midwives and follow the story of several ladies in their quest to delivery naturally at home. They also do a historical overview of how our country has gotten so far away from home birth since 95% of all births used to be at home. In all the other developed countries except ours this custom is still practiced today and they have much lower infant mortality rates than the United States. Our is the second highest! Yes the statistics will blow away but more importantly I think we as women are missing out on this incredible experience. We are pushed by our culture and our insurance companies to inform us of how we should give birth. I was also deeply moved by the corelation between the oxytocin that is released in the brain( the love chemical) that you experience to it's fullest when you give birth naturally and your baby experiences it too, thus it deepens the bond that you have with your child. I would love to know if any of you out there have see this movie your thoughts and if you haven't seen it I would highly recommend that you do.

6 comments:

Ginger said...

ooooh-interesting! Id love tos ee it although I know Im having this baby at the birthing center. Thanks for the tip.--hey, did you ever get that car?? the "dan in real life" one

Leslie said...

ginger you will ove this movie!!
hehe...we are still looking into the car! the conversion kits for diseal engines are around 1800. But with gas prices we are seriously leaning that way. Maybe by the summer...miss you.

Ginger said...

ok-I have the movie coming to my house now--should I watch it before the baby gets here?? --yikes!
oh--what dates will you be in town?

Ginger said...

Seriously--I got so nervous watching the "medical" births--Im pumped! Come on baby!

Leslie said...

I am glad you liked it...i knew you would! Call me when you start having contractions k?

Karina said...

Hey Leslie! Hope you and your family are doing great. I wanted to let you know that I loved reading your post about this movie and it's "next" on my list. Gary and I are both very much into the "au natural" approach and went thru the Bradley Method training our first time around and loved it. I was just telling him recently that it would be interesting to at least consider a home birth at some point. Unfortunatly Columbus doesn't have any birthing centers. Otherwise, I know that for this baby that's what we'd really prefer. I can't wait to tell my other girlfriends about this flick, as it's always good to be "in the know". Thanks for the heads up!