Someone recently asked me what I thought was so wrong with maternity care. I was stumped and truly didn't know where to start. It's such a complicated issue, but I think that the root of it all is that nobody seems to know what normal physiological birth is. If people don't know what normal birth is, how can they recognize that the births that are taking place in hospitals across the country are so abnormal?
I'm going to start recommending The Business of Being Born to everyone. I wish I could just carry it with me and hand it to people to go watch. Then I wouldn't have to deal with people thinking I'm some crazy two-headed birth freak. It's an excellent introduction to the birth crisis and for many people, may be the first truly non-interventive birth they've seen. They certainly won't see it on A Baby Story.
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