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While the United States has perhaps the most advanced health care system in the world, it also has the second-highest infant mortality rate of any industrialized nation, and many have begun to question conventional wisdom regarding the way obstetricians deal with childbirth. While midwives preside over the majority of births in Europe and Japan, fewer than ten percent of American mothers employ them, despite their proven record of care and success. How do American doctors make their choices regarding the way their patients give birth, and who is intended to benefit? Director Abby Epstein and producer Ricki Lake offer a probing look at childbirth in America in the documentary The Business of Being Born, which explores the history of obstetrics, the history and function of midwives, and how many common medical practices may be doing new mothers more harm than good. The Business of Being Born was screened as part of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.~Mark Deming
Ricki Lake does a great job of showing how the US went from birth being a natural thing to making it all medical and how there is a growing interest in the US to bring the natural part back and how it's still safe to us a midwife for a huge majority of births. The movie also shows that using a midwife is a big cost saving on both the family and the insurance company, midwife birth, a few thousands while a hospital birth, goes in the tens or hundreds of thousand of dollar. The movie also shows that for some births you still do need a doctor and hospital, but not at the rate the US is running at.
All pregnant families and families thinking about starting a family should watch this movie.