Thursday, April 10, 2008

Birth Documentaries

I really encourage you to check out these two recent documentaries about birth in America.

Thin Air Media presents BIRTH

This is the first 20-minute segment of BIRTH, a one-hour documentary about the practices and perceptions of birth in America. Maybe because I just gave birth, or maybe because my own four birth experiences have changed my understanding of what birth should be like, it was very moving to listen to. I'm hoping to buy the whole documentary; hearing the baby being born at the end of this segment brought me to tears and made me long to hear more!

To learn more about BIRTH or to purchase the documentary please visit Thin Air Media.

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"Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth is also big business.
Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to question the way American women have babies.
The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal.
Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency?"
Watch the trailer!


e&e said...

Hi Melissa,
For some reason the BIRTH documentary downloaded with only audio (no video). Is that what is supposed to happen?

melissa said...

Yeah, sorry I didn't make that clear. The BIRTH download is audio only.