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Film: Pregnant in America

A new film, "Pregnant in America," uncovers the big business of pregnancy, labor and birth -- and how hospitals have a stake in making birth more dangerous than it has to be. Filmmaker Steve Buonaugurio talks to experts and advocates for natural, home births, women who've experienced such, and angry mothers and fathers who didn't have such great experiences.

From the site:

Pregnant in America examines the betrayal of humanity's greatest gift--birth--by the greed of U.S. corporations. Hospitals, insurance companies and other members of the healthcare industry have all pushed aside the best care of our infants and mothers to play the power game of raking in huge profits.

His wife pregnant, first-time filmmaker Steve Buonaugurio sets out to create a film that will expose the underside of the U.S. childbirth industry and help end its neglectful exploitation of pregnancy and birth.

It's not so clear whether the film is out and where you can see it, but it sounds like this would be an excellent thing to show in high school health classes, just for starters.

You can see a trailer on the website. I found this through the Lamaze Institute's Giving Birth With Confidence blog, a great source of information on natural birth and breastfeeding.

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