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The Business of Being Born

Not Rated In Theaters 01/9/2008 , 87min.
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May 22, 2008
This movie touches emotional and scientific issues surrounding the appalling technocentricity of birth in the US today. As a very well-informed birth professional, my opinion is that the movie did not exaggerate any statistics; in fact, I wanted more to pre-emptively strike down the comments from the MDs and others in this dollar- and doctor-driven business. For the moviegoer who wants to be
May 22, 2008
Points are well taken....if a bit scattered throughout. The birth scenes are moving and beautifully done. Those who are advocates for home birth and minimal intervention will find this movie uplifting. It will not affect the larger group-women of childbearing age- in the same way. Women are scared to give birth. They see epidurals as a means to gain some control over a process that will be too

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Village Voice
Epstein and Lake have crafted an absorbing, thought-provoking inquiry into what modern birth has become and how to make it better. Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
Lake and Epstein are not in fact trying to stigmatize other women's choices about how and where to give birth. Instead, they're trying to introduce an entire universe of history and information that should inform those choices, and that the medical establishment has virtually erased from American memory. Full Review
Dana Stevens
It's full of moving (and surprisingly ungross) filmed deliveries, including those by Epstein and Lake themselves. Unfortunately, the movie is also a propagandistic brief on behalf of the home-birth movement that's so selective in its presentation of information that it makes Michael Moore look like a fat lady in a blindfold holding a pair of scales. Full Review
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
This unflinchingly shot picture is not for the squeamish. Epstein and Lake's own commitment to you-are-there realism is remarkable as well, each bringing new meaning to the phrase "naked truth." Full Review
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Passionate, enlightening and unabashedly one-sided, Abby Epstein's documentary is not for everyone. But at the very least, it should be seen by every pregnant woman in America. Full Review

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