Post # 1
Hello Bees. I’ve been MIA the past couple of months, but had to share this documentary. I’m definitely not TTC, but I found The Business of Being Born very informative. I never had the mere thought of a home birth before watching this. Any other bees had an eye-opening birthing documentary experience?
Post # 3
@MsYellowJacket: The documentary is great – it’s also what opened my eyes and reaffirmed my decision on wanting a natural out of hospital birth with a CNM. However, it’s extremely one sided and I’d suggest you do other research as well 🙂
Post # 4
I watched it. It was good, but definitely one sided. I watched it and thought “I’m totally doing a water birth!” but then realized that while yes, my body is meant to give birth and I am in control, it’s my first baby and I have NO clue what to expect, or how things will go. In the end I opted for a hospital birth. I wanted every single medical technology at my disposal when I gave birth. I had a great experience though. I had music playing, the room was softly lit, the nurses were fantastic and I felt safe. No one pressured me to do anything. Was pitocin ideal? Not really, but I was nearly 2 weeks overdue and was ready to give DD her eviction notice.
Choosing a hospital birth doesn’t mean you give up your control over your birth experience, you just have to trust your body and be your own advocate.
Post # 5
It was a great documentary, it was that one and also Pregnant in America (it’s on netflix instant play) that helped me make my decisions to have a midwife out-of-hospital birth.
also, I started working as a nanny for a family who had two water home births and she loved her experience and really helped me research it and help me make my decision. Also, after some of my mom’s experiences and other friends/family, I knew I definitely wanted a midwife. I know it will be really hard going natural but I feel instinctually that it’s the best choice for me and my baby.
You just have to choose what YOU feel at peace with!!
Post # 6
I watched it and found it very informative, it really made me re-examine my idea of birth. It also made me aware of the options that are out there and the fact that I can choose my own options. I’m not pregnant or TTC yet but my DH and I have discussed the possibility of trying a water birth but there are no facilities in our city. I did find out the the hospitals in our area will allow you to bring in your own birthing tub so I really like that option.
Post # 7
There’s no doubt that it’s one sided, but for someone who never even knew there was other options – it’s a great reason to start doing some research! I’ll have to check out Pregnant in America! I’ve been watching so many netflix documentaries since we cut our cable
Post # 8
Some water birthing centers are connected to hospitals so if something does go wrong you’re right there! That’s what I’m planning on doing whenever I get pregnant.
Post # 9
I watched it w/ DH, and found it very informative, although yes, 1-sided. It did not convince me to do a home birth, which still just freaks me out for some reason. However, it definitely convinced me towards seriously trying for an unmedicated labor. I’ll give birth in a hostpital, but will have a doula there to make sure my wishes are met.
Post # 10
that’s how we found it too! We didn’t want to pay for cable, so we stream netflix and found those two 🙂
I definitely agree, although it is one-sided, we live out “the other side” in our day-to-day occurences with the medical system/our drs, nobody really needs to educate us on how births are done now (meds, induction, c-section). But I had never heard of a homebirth (unless someone couldn’t make it to the hospital lol!) before these documentaries and the nanny family I work for!
I think it’s great that the other side is being explored now, and that more women are educating themselves.
Even though I want a natural birth – I think it’s MOST IMPORTANT that women merely make an informed decision. If a women researches her options and decides to have a medicated hospital birth – that’s great for her, because she made an informed decision.
I think of it as voting, you wouldn’t vote for a politician you knew nothing about! Why make a decision if you haven’t researched it?
That’s one thing I love about the midwife I chose, the birth center is HUGE on information. Every decision is in the hands of the mom, we choose which tests we want done, how our birth will go, who we want in the room, what we want to eat etc
Post # 11
I thought it was good, I also watched “Pregnant in America”
but after them both I was just like, 0.0
Post # 12
I watched this the other day and I was horrified and it made me want nothing more than to be highly medicated during birth. Aghh this traumatized me!