Post # 1
Did anyone see the movie? I saw it last night with hubby and it gave me a whole new appreciation for midwifery and the like…not to say whether to go either way (hospital vs. home) is right, but before I had no clue what a CNM was and now that I know, i’m looking into it more and more.
Post # 3
I watched it. I’m still comfortable with my hospital birth, but it makes me more convinced to be my own advocate…understand the issues in advance (like, when you would want them to start using Pitocin vs. when it is just convenient for them to speed you along) and have a good birth plan. I did a survey on another site, and only 20% of the women (out of ~100) did NOT have Pitocin! I’m not saying it isn’t a good idea in some circumstances, but I have a hard time believing it is medically necessary in all but 20% of births…yipes!
Post # 4
Good movie! Yes, now I know why a birth plan is important.
Post # 5
I didn’t care for the movie much. I’m all for women being their own advocate, and definitely pro-midwife, birth center, etc. But that movie skewed the statistics a bit and left out information in order to suit it’s thesis. (I know that most didactic books/videos are this way, but I always hate when they don’t present the total picture.)
I definitely did go into the hospital with a birth plan though!
Post # 6
I liked seeing both sides and I appreciate where they are coming from, but they really picked out the extremes of OBs and stories to make their point… It’s a skewed perspective and as long as you realize that, it’s interesting. It makes me sad, however, that it’s making many many women think that the only “right” way to have a birth is an unmedicated home birth.
There are many ways to have an amazing birth experience. For me it was a hospital birth in a place that had a level 3 NICU and an epidural… and it was the best birth that I could have ever dreamed of (for me)!
Post # 7
I watched this with my Fiance. Something that bothered me about the movie is how one of the producers ended up with a c-section and said she felt she was robbed of the homebirth experience, when it saved both her and her baby’s life. I think the most important aspect of birth is the end result, a healthy baby, and you can say no to interventions. I do agree that the U.S. is c-section happy but there is a place for it.
Post # 8
I watched it, and I also read as much as I could about the US birth system. I am planning a homebirth with a CNM and have great confidence in my choice.
Post # 9
The hospital in my old area had CNMs on call to be there for all the labors. I think it would have been the best of both worlds to give birth at that hospital with those women there to take care of me. I was still treated well at my hospital, but I wonder what those CNMs could have done for me too.
Post # 10
I really liked that movie. I mean, yes, they have a very obvious agenda and presented info that best fit that, but don’t members of the medical community do that to an extent as well? I think both have a lot to offer pregnant women. The most important message I took from it was you need to be your own advocate (or have someone help advocate on your behalf) and it is important to do the best to be informed. I mean they do have a point, women have been birthing for millenia and yes some women certainly died from it, but perhaps intervention shouldn’t be pursued so quickly for so many women.
Post # 11
I thought it was a really interesting documentary – it definitely raised some questions i had never thought about. I imgine there are lots of issues presented there that I will revisit before I have kids.
Post # 12
I read the book, but I’ve never seen the movie. It opened my eyes, while being very aware that it might not all be correct. What I did was go to my recommended doctor and take Bradley classes. My doctor constantly told me to not listen to the “crazy stuff” and I didn’t. When I lost Moose, a CNM started my delivery and then was assisted by one of my doctor’s colleages. She was so helpful and comforting in a way neither doctor was, so I HIGHLY recommend them. If we decide to try again, we’re going to go to the CNM and the same doctors (since I had an Angel Baby, I’m too scared to just use a CNM). I highly recommend CNMs and Bradley. They was no correlation between my loss and Bradley.