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"More Business of Being Born" Explores Cesareans and VBAC

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By Jill Arnold


Part 4 (of 4) of More Business of Being Born is now available to watch on demand. Parts 3 and 4 address c-sections and VBAC specifically (summaries below). 


DVD # 3
Explore Your Options: Doulas, Birth Centers & C-Sections
The most comprehensive and educational DVD in the series, Explore Your Options offers birth-planning guidance around key topics such as the role of doulas (labor support specialists,) the advantages of birth centers and the alarming escalation of cesarean sections in the United States and Brazil. Epstein and Lake talk to doulas about why their profession is currently booming and uncover why having a good doula can make-or-break the entire birth experience. They look at the ever-growing rates of inductions and c-sections, which have reached 50% in many US hospitals and more than 99% in some private hospitals in Brazil. How “safe” are these cesarean surgeries, and what are the health implications for the mothers and babies? Explore Your Options examines the pros and cons of birth centers, described as a perfect middle ground between home and hospital. Special features include Alanis Morissette and Alyson Hannigan on the advantages of doulas, Christy Turlington Burns on her unexpected complications at a birth center, Molly Ringwald on how she avoided a cesarean birth with her twins and  Gisele Bundchen and Michelle Alves on the cesarean epidemic in their native Brazil. (Running Time: 102 min)

DVD #4
The VBAC Dilemma: What Your Options Really Are
The VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) has become a hot-button issue in the modern maternity care system, as one in three new mothers will give birth via cesarean section. Are all of these mothers then forced to undergo a repeat cesarean the next time around? Epstein and Lake posed that question to dozens of experts, determining the surprising truth about VBACs. They also follow several women’s stories – both those who succeed and fail at attempting a VBAC – including that of filmmaker Abby Epstein, whose first c-section delivery was depicted in the dramatic, final moments of The Business of Being Born.
(Running Time: 51 min)


In case you’re curious. the DVDs are scheduled for release on November 8, 2011.




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Reader Comments (3)

Was it just me, or were there a whole lotta white women in that trailer? I haven't had time to watch the actual film yet, granted. But that trailer was a bit disappointing simply in terms of racial diversity, especially for a film based in New York City of all places.

October 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterk. emvee

"and fail at attempting a VBAC"...rubs me the wrong way. I don't think a VBAC attempt that ends in repeat cesarean is a failure.

October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah B

k. emvee, I thought the same thing while watching. I thought the original BoBB was notable in that both of the women who they profiled as homebirthers were women of color (there was also the woman who had a birth center birth, who was white).

I loved the bit at the end with the doulas talking about how they DON'T deliver babies. I have people ask me ALL THE TIME "delivered any babies lately?" or introduce me as "she's a doula, she delivers babies!" I know the doulas are also critiquing the idea that anyone but the mother delivers/births the baby, but I'm always correcting people - even the same people multiple times - on the idea that I would do any of the catching.

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