Must see birth documentaries
1.“Business of Being Born” with Ricky Lake
The Business of Being Born is a 2008 documentary film that explores the contemporary experience of childbirth in the United States.
Produced by Ricki Lake, it compares various childbirth methods, including midwives, natural births, epidurals, and Cesarean sections.
"Everywhere else in the world, thats what they do. You can go to Great Britain, France, Germany, Scandanavia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan... You can go to all the highly developed countries where they are loosing fewer women and fewer babies around the time of birth. And what do you see? You see midwives attending 70 or 80 percent of all the births. And the doctors are there to take care of the small percentage that develop a complication. That is the proven system everywhere in the world. And the United States stands alone."
The film criticises the American health care system with its emphasis on drugs and costly interventions and its view of childbirth as a medical emergency rather than a natural occurrence.
The film documents actual home births and water births. They follow a midwife, Cara, in New York as she takes care of and attends several births.
They then give the audience several shocking statistics about our current birthing techniques and challenges today’s doctors.
For example, the United States has the second worst newborn death rate in the developed world. Many experts are interviewed and they cite a multitude of reasons for this dismal statistic such as the overuse of medical procedures in the interest of saving time.
2. “Doula! The Ultimate Birth Companion” by Toni Harmin
Doula! The Ultimate Birth Companion” is a 60 minute documentary following three doulas as they support parents before, during and after giving birth.
This Doula! DVD is aimed at anyone interested in seeing what a doula actually does! It is a highly emotional personal film that tells the stories of different doula-supported births and so is suitable for expectant parents and also as an educational resource for birth educators.
The 50 min Birth Doula documentary film features three births (two home water births and video diary footage of a home birth that turns into a hospital c-section). Then there is a separate 10 minute Postnatal Doula section showing two doulas supporting couples in the first few weeks after they become new parents.
3. ” Organic Birth” by Debra Pascali-bonaro
The perfect film for all who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant,Organic Birth: Birth is Natural!is a 52-minute film adapted and edited from the 85-minute award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret. The expanded midwifery section, more concise format, and added chapter navigation, makes this film a “must see” for expectant parents and the perfect resource tool for use in childbirth education classes.
4. “Orgasmic Birth” By Debra Pascali-bonaro
Joyous, sensuous and revolutionary, Orgasmic Birth brings the ultimate challenge to our cultural myths by inviting viewers to see the emotional, spiritual, and physical heights attainable through birth. Witness the passion as birth is revealed as an integral part of woman’s sexuality and a neglected human right.