Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pregnant In America

Another movie I can't wait to watch. I've been waiting for the release for over a year now, and it looks like it's finally being screened! This movie takes a look at the business side of birth, I imagine somewhat like The Business of Being Born (which is a great movie you all should see). At the same time, it illustrates why hospitals are sometimes necessary, and how unpredictable birth can be.

6 comments:

Cluff Bunch said...

I agree about everyone needing to watch The Business of Being Born.

Can't wait to see this one, when is it out?

Doreen said...

Here's the website.

Lari said...

We watched the Business of Being Born as well, and we really liked what it had to say.
The trailer for this film looks interesting. I'm excited to see it.

Keith and Nicci said...

I personally feel like both trailers were a little extreme and used a lot of fear. But having said that, I think this country has taken some definite wrong turns in making childbirth (during and after for the baby and mother, and father) so maybe fear is a great motivator to make people actually step back and think a little before just going with what everyone else seems to be doing.

I'm definitely grateful that we haven't just gone with what this culture thinks is "normal" and while I would never get rid of doctors either, I agree with the statement that in a lot ways you need be your own doctor. We're going with a doctor in the hospital right now, mostly out of necessity since after searching for a midwife in Vegas all summer who was going to be covered on our insurance, we had no luck. Vegas, in our experience so far, is not big on natural childbirth, midwives, etc. Thankfully, when I presented our birth preferences to our doctor here he was very open and willing to work with us. However, he even said after reading the part about letting us delay clamping the cord until after it had stopped pulsing, "I'm telling you right now, you're going to have to remind me of that because I just won't remember." I can tell he's just not used to parent-directed birthing experiences even though he seems to be open to our wishes, and he has so many patients I know he's swamped too. Keith and I just decided that Keith is going to have to be very assertive throughout the whole experience so I can focus, and it is kind of sad that we have to "sike ourselves up" to do that since it's really not the norm here.

Doreen said...

Nicci, I hope things go well for you. It's not impossible to find a good doctor, but to find one who will really listen to you and your concerns can be a challenge. The movie trailers may play on fears, but really, they portray what's going on. Have you ever read "Born in the USA" by Marsden Wagner? It goes along the same line, and it really is shocking to see what's happening when you stop and think about it.

Cluff Bunch said...

We have the same situation as Nicci! Oh well, you do what you can. We took a tour of the labor and delivery at the hospital yesterday. I'm glad to have a LDR room. I hate being moved. The nurse who gave us the tour was like, "here's the dvd player so bring your own movies to watch", and, "are you having a regular birth?" Funny note, I asked if they had a birthing ball and the nurse gave a look like, Oh you're one of those people...:) then she said yes but she didn't think it had even been inflated! LOL! Get the compressor ready!