The film, The Business of Being Born was a huge catalyst for me in the decision to have a natural childbirth. When I gave birth to my firstborn, the experience happened TO me. I was not at all educated or prepared, and I entered the hospital at the mercy of everyone else's agenda. While the result was a healthy child, for which I am extremely grateful, my labor and delivery experience included what is known as a "cascade of interventions" -- from a pitocin induction to an epidural to a near C-section, the process was tortured at best. When I got pregnant with my second child, my first order of "business" was to arm myself with the knowledge I needed to make my next childbirth experience go down the way that I wanted it to. I watched The Business of Being Born, and I was floored because it was as if the film was a documentary about what had happened to me during my first labor and delivery. So many women were having the same manipulated birthing experiences, and I was angered, saddened, but most of all mobilized to move in a different direction. Thankfully, I wasn't alone. The film was a raging success, resonating with mothers everywhere. Mothers who wanted a change, who deserve a change, and better births in which their wishes are respected and their desires affirmed. Births in which strength and confidence replace fear and uncertainty. More Business of Being Born is an educational series of four DVDs that picks up where the first highly informative film left off, equipping women with the invaluable tools they need to make informed decisions about their labor and delivery. Read on for my review of this must-see film.
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