Movies address concerns over hospital birth

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!


2 thoughts on “Movies address concerns over hospital birth

  1. Our office decided to obtain the movie and when we showed Ms. Lake and Ms. Epstein the room in which we are showing the movie, they graciously offered to allow us an entire week with the movie. The room holds 20 people. We have made an incredible event out of this! You can see what we are doing here: (click the movie link and read from there)

    It helps a lot that my daughter is a Public Relations specialist and has notified the press with a variety of Media Alerts and Releases and we are creating an entire Media Event for the night before the movie opens at our center… a Wine & Cheese Event that has 50 CNMs, LMs, Doctors, OB Nurses, Doulas and natural birthing mothers available for the Press to interview right before the doors open and the movie begins for all to see.

    I am offering the Media Release and Press Release for smaller cities to use as a loose template if you are interested… just email me.

    You will see, too, that a portion of the proceeds goes to ICAN. ALL of the proceeds of the Wine & Cheese event go to ICAN (those tickets are $20 each) and all of the proceeds from the concessions goes to ICAN as well. While I have not had a cesarean, ICAN is extremely important in my life as a midwife and as a woman.

    I just thought you might want to know you don’t necessarily have to show the movie in a theater and the tickets don’t have to be $8. Rent that movie for $200… show it in a huge livingroom somewhere… charge $20… get it seen!

    Let me know if I can help.

    Barbara E. Herrera, LM, CPM
    San Diego, CA

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