In a recent post I mentioned Ricki Lake’s movie, The Business of Being Born, which will be hitting select theaters across the country this Fall. I was pleased to hear back from the film’s managing group, so I am currently looking into scheduling a viewing of this movie in Missoula. The Wilma would be a great location for such a film, but since the theater is in the middle of being sold . . . it might not be a possibility.
I just found out about another movie on this topic, Pregnant in America by Steve Buonaugurio. I don’t think WordPress allows embedded code, but please click here to view the movie trailer! Here is a bit of information from the “about” page:
Pregnant in America examines the betrayal of humanity’s greatest gift–birth–by the greed of U.S. corporations. Hospitals, insurance companies and other members of the healthcare industry have all pushed aside the best care of our infants and mothers to play the power game of raking in huge profits.
His wife pregnant, first-time filmmaker Steve Buonaugurio set out to create a film that will expose the underside of the U.S. childbirth industry and help end its neglectful exploitation of pregnancy and birth with help from producers Betsy Chasse and Straw Weisman.
One of the people interviewed in the movie claims that 66% of all hospital revenue is from childbirth! So you can see why hospitals are interested in making sure that women come to the hospital for birth and that they are willing to pay for equipment, drugs, procedures, and surgeries that take place in hospitals. And hopefully, then, you can see why doctors and hospitals have an interest in keeping birth away from midwives, especially “lay” midwives.
It doesn’t look like they are ready to say WHEN and WHERE this movie will be released. That’s terribly frustrating! But do keep your eyes peeled for it!