I recently watched the movie, The Business of Being Born. It was a good movie, and I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t say that I loved it or that it was as good as I was hoping. Many people I talked to said they absolutely loved it, so maybe I’m missing something. I did watch it in bed while dozing off, so perhaps I wasn’t fully into it.
I felt like, for the most part, it was very against hospital births. I agreed with a lot of the points made about hospital points, but also disagreed with some. The movie was very pro home birth- I mean, that was the whole point of the movie. Home births are awesome and wonderful and amazing, yes, but hospital are not always bad. Home births are certainly not for everyone either and they are not the only way to deliver a baby the “right way” or the “natural, healthy” way as this movie stressed sometimes.
I think it’s important to remember that it is possible to have a natural, drug free, amazing birth experience in a hospital. I can say this because it happened to me! I gave birth in a hospital and it was as natural as you could get. I even refused that they give me an IV shot “just in case.” I was fortunate enough to have great nurses, an awesome doctor and a doula. My birth was just as I wanted– and it was in a hospital.
I really don’t want to get into my own experience and opinions on hospitals vs. home births to much, but it’s important to share with you that you can have the birth you want in a hospital. You are in charge of your body and your baby and your birth and you deserve to have the birth you dream of, however you picture that. (Of course things can happen, and things don’t always go as you hoped or planned, we all know that.)
I could go on and on about this. On and on. Really. It could be an entire blog post x4 on how I feel about natural birth.
Back to my review on the movie….
I was surprised to see Ricki Lake naked. I wasn’t expecting that. Obviously she was in labor, so it’s fine, I just didn’t expect for her to share her own labor video that’s all. (And heads up- If I ever decide to create a video for whatever reason, you will not see me naked in it, even if I’m giving labor.)
I loved watching the mamas give birth to their babies so naturally. It is such an amazing thing.
I didn’t like the way the movie ended. It just seemed like a short and weird way to end it.
Have you seen this movie? I think its a great movie to watch and brings up a lot of great points, however it’s also important to keep and open mind and do what works for you. Labor and birth doesn’t have to be such a controversial issue. It shouldn’t be. It’s birth. It’s bringing your child into this world.
I’d love to hear what you thought of the movie! Love it? Hate it?