Reviewed by Julie Dawd
Title: The Business of Being Born
Director : Abby Epstein
Executive Producer : Ricki Lake
Despite its title, this sensitive documentary made by and featuring America's 'white Oprah' does not focus on the economic aspect of birth in the USA today. Rather it explores a variety of issues to do with birthing in a nonthreatening, articulate and evocative manner, making it a valuable educational resource for use with those who are not well informed around birth.
Such viewers will learn a great deal about hospital births, drugs, the cascade of intervention, bonding, the safety, convenience and low cost of midwifery-led care and, perhaps most importantly, the incredible transformative empowering experience birth can be: information familiar to most professionals working holistically around birth. But for all viewers the film offers the chance to witness, on the big screen, women giving birth in a manner rarely seen on film - with dignity and support. On screen, as in life, it is simply beautiful. The film works because it is not overly biased, nor does it overtly attempt to convert anyone: as with any portrayal of the 'facts' about the safety and desirability of natural birth versus delivery, the facts simply speak for themselves. So we have a fresh, human, coherent documentary which transfers very well to the British birth context and is not 'too American' in being overlysentimental or dramatic.
The main midwife featured is inspiring, the minimal use of statistics and research findings is very effective, the mix of 'experts' opinions and those of women and their partners is well balanced, even the OB/GYNs who are obviously very ignorant in matters outside their own practice are offered the chance to show they have some sense in them! A less sensitive editor would have portrayed them as more black-and-white. Instead, OB/GYNs are portrayed as professionals with their own specialism which, when used appropriately, is necessary and fantastic.
The film is not due to be released in cinema, although private screenings can be arranged. For information on how to view it online or via DVD, as well as about the film itself, go to www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com
AIMS Journal, 2019, Vol 31, No 4 Reviewed for AIMS by Jo Dagustun Mothership By Francesca Segal Chatto and Windus, 2019 288 pages £14.99 ISBN 978-1-78474-269-0 Find this…Read more
AIMS Journal, 2019, Vol 31, No 4 Reviewed for AIMS by Emma Mason Eleven Hours By Pamela Erens Published by Tin House Books 2016 ISBN 978-1941040294 176 pages Publisher's…Read more
AIMS Journal, 2019, Vol 31, No 4 Reviewed for AIMS by Clara Hubbard, age 12 The Breast Book: A puberty guide with a difference - it's the when, why and how of breasts By…Read more
Registration for the NICE Annual Conference 2020 will open on 22 January 2020. For more details and to register your interest, please visit http://www.niceconference.org.…Read more
The theme of IMUK's 2020 National Conference 2020 is The Science Behind The Art of Midwifery. Speakers to be announced and tickets will be released soon. Information is a…Read more
21-25 October 2020 The theme for this year's Midwifery Today conference is Birthing in Love: Everyone’s Right. Classes will include: Clinical sessions such as Hemorrhage,…Read more
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) recently launched a public consultation on two draft documents they have produced. Both documents were in the…Read more
AIMS has responded to the Hull Daily Mail's article entitled, " https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/health/baby-born-bus-stop-shoelace-3571474 ". 26 November 2019 Dear E…Read more
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) plays a key role in the ongoing quality assurance and regulation of the maternity services and its staff. Effective and efficient…Read more