Business of Being Born



The Business of Being Born

I have just stumbled across this film on Youtube – I first saw it when it was released in 2008 and it is a powerful film and well worth a look. It is about birth in America but it looks at the attitudes towards birth and discusses the over-medicalisation of birth so it is relevant to all.

For me, the most startling, frustrating and upsetting statistic mentioned in this film is this: “Among 33 industrialized nations, the United States is tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia with a death rate of nearly 5 per 1,000 babies, according to a report from Save the Children (April 2006). This is the second worst newborn death rate in the developed world.”
So all these interventions which are used to supposedly save babies lives aren’t working. While I do believe that interventions do have a place in obstetrics, I believe this place should be minimal and more emphasis and support would be better placed on encouraging and supporting women to birth their babies with confidence.

Produced by Ricki Lake, The Business of Being Born follows a midwife in New York as she provides antenatal care and attends births of her clients. It also offers a debate into the choices made available to women and it includes interviews with parents and different birth professionals to look at the different perspectives about birth.