I write this review of the documentary of The Business of Being Born conflicted. This movie is about how doctors and hospitals have turned labor into a big cash cow for them. This is a movie I agreed to review, because I've had two kids and my sister is now pregnant too. Being pregnant is scary. There are so many things going on and labor has to be the scariest.
Here's where I become conflicted. I don't believe what the movie is telling me. Maybe I just have lucked out and have had two incredible doctors and have been at two incredible hospitals. The doctor who delivered Madison had midwives working for him. If I was not high risk, I could have easily opted to use a midwife with no questions asked. However, once you start having preterm labor issues at 26 weeks, midwives and homebirths are not an option anymore. With Will, I again had preterm labor issues. We also had the issue that he could be born with spinal bifida, so home (aff) birth was not an option either (he was also born three weeks early). I found at both hospitals that I was in control of the situation. I was able to chose what I wanted to do. I was not pressured into any decisions that we made. At both hospitals, I was asked when I wanted to be discharged. I was asked what postition I wanted to push from. C-section was never even an option unless something major happened. There was no pushing me out the door, so they could fill the bed with another person they could charge big bucks too. I also need to say that even if I wasn't high risk I would never do a home (aff) birth. There are just too many things that could go wrong, and I would never be able to forgive myself if something would happen that could have been fixed if only I was in the hospital.
Now, with all that being said, I did like the movie. This is a great way to research home births and natural births. Before you give birth is a scary time and the more you know, the better off you are. Watching this movie may sway your decisions. However, you are at least knowledgeable about what you are deciding. I found the ending highly ironic too. One of the film's producers was pregnant and ended up delivering at the hospital, because her child was breach. They also conceed that sometimes a hospital birth is better.
This is a movie I will be passing onto my sister to watch before she has her baby. I have no idea where she is planning on giving birth and the more information you have, the better.