I would highly recommend watching this movie if you ever feel like having children.
I know no one has $3 to spend on a documentary (it was a school assignment for me) but this movie is worth seeing. Going in I would have never said I wanted a home birth if I became pregnant. I wanted epidermal, doctors, ect. But the facts they lay out in this movie convinced me to reconsider, if not completely change my mind about child birth. Hospitals and insurance companies create fear around un-medical births. Yet, pain killers and the position in which a woman gives birth in a hospital are completely wrong for the mother and the child. A hormone is released which causes the mother and child to feel a euphoric high and bond after the birth. It’s what drives a mother, like any other mammal, to protect her child… but painkillers prevent that hormone from reaching the brain and therefore lessens the initial, euphoric bond.
It’s messed to think that so may women go to hospitals for birthing because of misinformation. There is an assumption that women cannot handle giving birth to their own children (much like many women do in “less advanced” countries.) Yet, our country has a higher infant mortality rate than more countries that you would think. We’re #34 on the list. That’s 34 countries in which children die less often in birth than in America. It’s a shame that our country doesn’t follow other country’s standards. In some European countries nearly a third of the country uses midwives.
A woman in the movie literally reached for her own baby directly after he was born. I wasn’t even disgusted watching the video because it was so beautiful to see the woman deliver her own baby; to be the first to touch it. The women who went through the natural birth felt like they had accomplished a wonderful goal.. and the births were not as painful as one might think.
Anyways, if you’re ever thinking of getting a C-section… watch this movie. Really.