Thursday, September 29, 2011

More Business of Being Born (Part 3)

The third installment of More Business of Being Born is a great film for first time and veteran moms. It's all about exploring your birth options. Doulas, birth centers, and c-sections are discussed in depth. Celebrities such as Alanis Morissette, Laila Ali and other celebrities share their birth experiences.

After watching the third installment of the DVD series, you will definitely want to hire a doula. The film makers interview passionate doulas and show beautiful birth videos that feature doulas. Kimberley-Williams Paisley, Laila Ali and Alanis Morissette endorse the use of doulas in the film and share their personal stories. Viewers can see how a doula would assist a birth through the plethora of footage throughout the film.

The filmmakers also highlight the value of birth centers as positive environments for giving birth. Christy Turlington shares her birth story and some beautiful footage. Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake speak to medical professionals from birth centers, who share the many benefits of birthing in the facilities. Ricki also shares her story of birthing in the birth center. The film provides important distinctions to make when choosing a birth center.  

When speaking about c-sections, the film is fairly weighted against the practice but also advocates for a woman's choice. Many women explain the interventions that led up to their c-sections and share their feelings about their birth experiences. Molly Ringwald shares her experiences leading up to delivering her twin babies and the incredible story of the vaginal delivery. Medical professionals chime in on the reasons for so many c-sections and dispel many of the misconceptions about the surgical procedure. Gisele Bundchen makes an appearance to share her reasoning for a natural birth following a lengthy segment that focuses on the extremely high c-section rate in Brazil.

In the end, the film is all about the choices that mothers are faced with before giving birth. The filmmakers did a spectacular job approaching some key issues that all pregnant women eventually encounter. You can purchase a hard copy of the film or download it on The Business of Being Born website.

Have you considered hiring a doula?