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July 21st, 2009, 08:22 AM
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So, I'm at my Mom's house, and they have Showtime. When I was looking at upcoming movies, I saw that The Business of Being Born was coming. So I recorded it. It was so great! I cried with every birth. However...I was disappointed. It seemed, I don't know, shallow? It seemed to skim the surface and didn't really dig in very deep. Or maybe I just know to much already? I imagine, for the normal mom that didn't have to go through so much to VBA2C or have a natural delivery, that the information would have been ground shaking.

Am I alone in this opinion?
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July 21st, 2009, 08:32 AM
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I haven't seen it yet, but that's probably an accurate observation. I think those types of movies/books are meant to expose a large number of people to a new topic and a different way of thinking. For instance, I read a book recently and loved it, thought the information was very eye-opening, etc. But I read reviews online and for many, it wasn't new information so they were a little disappointed because they had expected more information.

I still really want to see the movie. I wish I got showtime.
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July 21st, 2009, 10:05 AM
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I watched it befor eI was pregnant and at that point I knew nothing about natural childbirth so I thought it was REALLY informative. But I think if I were to watch it now, I'd feel the same way as you.
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July 21st, 2009, 10:11 AM
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michelle- you can watch it on netflix online, if you do not have an account, you can do a free trial
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July 21st, 2009, 10:15 AM
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I really liked it but I wasn't expecting to learn much. I don't think we are the target audience.
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July 21st, 2009, 11:26 AM
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ITA..I did the nexflix free trial to watch it a couple weeks ago and thought the exact same thing. It didn't get deep enough into homebirth or the hopsital situation. It was shallow on both front for me..and didn't really teach me anything. I did love the "are they on pit" "just make sure their on pit" "check to see that she's been started on pit" that had me laughing and frowning all at the same time..very true with a hospital situation. They tried (two nurses and my midwife) to start me several times during Jack's brith for no reason at all.....absurd. Anyways...yeah, I ordered Pregnancy in America and can't wait to watch it .should be here tomm.
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July 21st, 2009, 01:46 PM
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Just popping in here! I bought the dvd at the urging of my doula. DH and I haven't watched it yet but I did read the book "Your best birth" and felt the same way as you ladies...wasn't that informative to me, IMO and was just a lot of quotes from Ina May Gaskin. Made me almost wish I would have just read another one of her books! Maybe they are reaching another audience with the book and this documentary!
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July 21st, 2009, 04:37 PM
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I haven't yet seen it, but it sounds like it's probably geared more towards those who do not have a lot of knowledge and education regarding NCB.
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July 21st, 2009, 05:01 PM
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I was recommended to watch it from a friend and absolutely loved it. Still do. Yes, I feel now that it doesn't delve deep enough, but when I first watched it, I was shocked by a lot of the stuff in there. It was a fantastic eye opener for me and probably was the catapult that got me really researching and learning as much as I could about home births and to get the heck away from hospitals lol. It was also a huge eye opener for DH, who was against home birth until he saw it.
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July 22nd, 2009, 04:56 PM
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I watched it without knowing anything about natural childbirth. I went from wanting a voluntary c-section when I found out I was pregnant, to definitely wanting an epidural, to learning about natural childbirth after seeing that movie. I was clueless about anything related to pregnancy, labor and delivery. (my pregnancy was unplanned, I never planned to have children). But, I can def see where those who already know a lot of that info might now be so affected by it. I literally had no clue. i would have been one of those women who went into the hospital and they say "you aren't progressing, we are going to start pitocin" and would have said "ok", assuming they knew best. Now I know that things don't have to happen that way, but my quest for knowledge came from seeing that movie.
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July 24th, 2009, 01:11 PM
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I have no doubt that is is a great documentary for so many women, and I'm so happy to see something like that "out there". That is awesome that it's helped open the eyes of so many of you.

Maybe she just needs to make another one that delves deeper for all the rest of us. LOL!
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July 24th, 2009, 04:18 PM
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I will definitely check out Netflix. I like the free trials but I always forget to drop them before the time period is up.
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July 26th, 2009, 01:32 AM
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I enjoyed it, but didn't learn a whole lot. What I did get out of it though is some nice visuals of peaceful births. When I visualize my birth, I see myself being calm and relaxed like the women in the movie, and I think that's really valuable.

The other great thing I got out of it is a converted husband!!! He was convinced that my desire for an NCB was based on my desire to be macho and prove I could, and that I was putting my baby at risk. After he saw that movie, he completely reversed his opinion and now is my biggest supporter. Can't put a price on that!!!
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July 26th, 2009, 07:31 AM
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it opened up my eyes a lot! i watched it while i was reading a lot of books so it tied everything together for me! it def motivated me to have my NCB! i made DH and my mom watch it because they were weary of the whole MW and NCB situation, they thought i was crazy until they watched it and then understood. DH said thats it you are NOT having ANY interventions, end of discussion lol. so i recommend having anybody who is uneducated that will be attending your birth watch it because it kind of helps them get on the same page as you, without you having to explain everything to them lol.
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July 26th, 2009, 04:02 PM
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I watched it. While I didn't get a lot of information I didn't know I still enjoyed it quite a bit. It definitely is geared more towards those that are clueless but that is very important at this point.

I too loved the peaceful birth scenes-especially the water birth ones as that is what I am aiming for. I cried quite a bit when each baby was born.
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July 28th, 2009, 06:27 AM
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I did not learn much from it, and felt that it was very surface. I also felt it only showed one small facet of natural child birth and neglected the fact that you can have a 100% natural and drug free childbirth in a hospital. Depending on the hospital.
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