Moms whose birth decisions have been influenced by watching The Business of Being Born

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Comment by Linda Jacobson on May 27, 2009 at 12:09pm
I have watched this movie over 20 times. My husband and I watched it the first time, when we were about 3 months pregnant. It started us down our path for our current birth preferences, which includes a Doula, water birth, hypnobabies and much more. I have not stopped watching this movie. To all those who get it off of Netflix, sorry for always having it. I have sent it on to all my friends (6) who are pregnant and 2 have joined the ship of awareness and empowerment. What a great project. I will be giving birth on or around July 3rd! My husband and I are so excited to be so involved, informed and fully ready.
Comment by Mandy Gibbs on May 15, 2009 at 1:35pm
My cousin gave birth to both of her kids naturally and in her home! With the firs one I thought she was crazy because she was the only person that I knew to have done that. So after I had my son I we were at her house talking and she brought up the Business of Being hadn't even come out at that time. I told her that I wanted to go see it with her when it did. She was pregnant with her second child and I asked her if i could be apart of her birth and she said yes. So january 2008 I watched my cousin give birth to her beautiful baby girl Hayley Addison. Let me tell you it was the most amazing thing that I have even seen! And from the moment that little girl was born I knew that being a midwife was something that I had to do. It inspired now I am going to become a birth doula until I can afford to go to school. A couple months after Hayleys birth was the screening of BOBB and I left that screening more enpowered than I had felt in a long time. I wanted a natural birth more than anything and I also wanted to help women with their own personal birthing situations as a midwife! So thank you Ricki and Abby!!
Comment by Cherylyn on May 13, 2009 at 1:10pm
This is a major event including the screening of three amazing childbirth films: Orgasmic Birth, The Business of Being Born, and Pregnant in America, and the producer of Orgasmic Birth will be at the screening as well!

Date: June 13, 2009
Location: Towne Cinema Theaters in American Fork, UT
Cost: $25
What: Screening of Orgasmic Birth, Pregnant in America, The Business of Being Born, Special Guest Speaker, Debra Pascali-Bonaro
Email: if you have questions
Comment by Sarah Atondo on May 12, 2009 at 1:14pm
This movie made me feel like what I thought was right was a little more normal! I MAKE everyone I know that is pregnant watch this. It should be given out like prenatal vitamins!
Comment by Rachael Fichtner on May 9, 2009 at 6:11pm
This movie is what really made me get off the fence. With my first child I had thought about natural birth but in that "I wonder what it feels like" nieve way. I ended up with a severe case of pre-eclampsia and was induced at 37 weeks with mag, ep, pit, the whole 9 yards. Second time around I watched BoBB around 27 wks and decided that I was going to go natural. Not that I was going to try it, I was going to DO IT. I started studying hypnobabies and researched midwives. I found a great pratice that works out of a hospital - but boy this hospital really was VERY supportive of natural birth and birthing choices. Thank heavens because it was the only way my insurance would cover it! Anyway, it worked out perfectly. I stayed at home where I was most relaxed until I felt the birth waves were pretty close together. I had wanted a water birth but I was complete when they checked me! Woohoo! So after 20 minutes of pushing (would have been shorter but the little bugger was lodged on my hip bone) he was born. It was amazing the difference in the baby! He was so awake. Plus once we were home, we didn't have an infant on drug withdraw! Everyone who came to visit in the first couple of weeks was so amazed at how alert he was. Totally amazing.
Comment by Danielle Friedland on May 8, 2009 at 11:34am
I had been meaning to see the film when it first came out but didn't until I needed to prepare for an interview with Ricki and Abby! It change my perspective totally. I have a very low pain tolerance but it helped me to understand that we're built for this and it's not the same kind of "pain" as getting a cut, bumping your head, stubbing your toe.

Seeing the film, reading Your Best Birth and talking to moms who gave birth naturally is empowering me to do this.
Comment by Sarah Block on May 6, 2009 at 6:41pm
When I first became pregnant with my son, I was pretty ignorant about birth. I assumed I'd just go to the hospital, get an epidural, maybe some pitocin, and an OB would deliver my baby for me. I decided to start researching a little more about the topic at the end of my first trimester, and I just happened to rent BOBB. My husband and I watched the film together and we were astounded by what we saw. When we were finished we looked at each other and said "Oh my God...We HAVE to have a natural birth!"

My whole outlook on birth was changed in an instant upon watching BOBB. I started doing tons of research on pain management, medical interventions, midwifery, doulas, homebirth, etc. I couldn't get enough information. I left my awful OB, found a midwifery practice and a doula, and joined a BirthWorks class. This film set everything in motion for me.

I had a wonderful birth in a birthing suite with the help of my husband, our fantastic doula, and a midwife. I felt totally empowered, unafraid, and prepared, and I cannot wait to give birth again someday (despite having 8 hours of hard back labor). It was amazing.

It scares me to think of what my birth experience could have been like had I not just happened to come across BOBB.
Comment by Kayla Dolan on May 6, 2009 at 9:15am
You know, it didn't influence my decisions, but it made me way more confident in how I felt. Unfortunately, though I knew EXACTLY what I wanted for my third birth, I was ignorant as to how to achieve it, under the pressure of an obstetrician, no familial support, and in a hospital that had a 99% induction/augmentation rate (a 45% cesarean rate). Those stats I found out about 6 mos after my third baby was born.

I felt in control of my first two births, though they were less than ideal for my health or the healths of my babies. My first was induced post-due date from 0-1cm. Painful labor that nearly ended in cesarean. But the induction was MY choice. For some stupid reason, I just thought it was just another choice to make. I was never informed of risks, at all. Total ignorance, on my part. My second birth was my fave, so far. I went into labor on my own (vowing permanently against pitocin) and was 5-6 cm by the time I got to the hospital. I had a fantastic L&D RN (who was training to be a midwife) helping me with birthing balls and walking, etc. I chickened out at 8-9 cm and got the epidural, which didn't even take effect until I was complete. But, the experience was wonderful, nonetheless. My OB with both of these births was fantastic. Always accepting and supportive of my decisions. My third birth was with a different OB and totally out of my control. My birth requests were violated every step of the way and my physician acted in his own interest at all times, actually telling the nurse to "convince [me] to accept the pit, because [he had] clinic at 1pm and needed to deliver this baby ASAP."

I think that its absolutely fantastic to teach women about the physiology of labor and the business of birth in the hospital. However, there is one void in the minds of many women: how to achieve that labor they are looking for, when they are faced with the propaganda. To note: the OB who denied me my natural labor with my third baby was "on-board" from day one with a natural delivery. I found, at that moment, that there is a huge difference between being "on-board" and being "supportive" of a drug-free birth.
Comment by Jamie M. Ackerly on May 6, 2009 at 5:51am
My name is Jamie Ackerly..I am a certified Postpartum Doula new to the group and here form any questions you may have...
Comment by Victoria Leone on May 5, 2009 at 10:17pm
This movie completely reinforced every instinctual feeling I had regarding my pregnancy and birth. I cried throughout the movie and still get emotional every time I watch it. My husband even got chills and said it just made his instincts and feelings about me not birthing in a hospital even more validated. Thank you!

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