Well we saw the movie.
I loved it! It was amazing and eye-opening and touching and... just wow. I wish that every person I know could see it. Seriously- if you get the chance- SEE IT! As soon as possible. This means women and men regardless of whether or not you have children. People need to see this movie. Period.
There were 250 people there last night- at least. I was so excited to see a good crowd there! The room was full of couples, expectant women, doulas, midwives, doctors, and even mothers/grandmothers who were there seeing it with their expectant daughters. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the movie!
After it was over there was a discussion time and we heard from doctors, midwives, doulas, and all sorts of moms spoke of their birth experiences. It was amazing to hear the wide variety of perspectives and experiences of everyone there.
The movie was a documentary about the birth culture in our country. It covered birth statistics, extensive birth history, and a wide variety of birth practices. They interviewed all sorts of birth professionals including OB/GYN, nurses, hospital administrators, CNMs, and CPMs. They also documented several births including home, birth center, and hospital.
It was really good to hear a lot of the things that I have studied and researched over the last three years confirmed by both midwives, doctors, and other mothers!
I highly highly recommend the film- to everyone. I would be thrilled if I could convince every single one of you to watch it. If for nothing else, do it for me? Pleeeeease! It would mean so much to me if you all would see it!
There is information here on being able to watch it via Netflix in early 2008.
Here is where the upcoming private screenings are available. (We went to a "private screening" but anyone can go! It's just not quite like going to a movie in a theater or anything.)
It will also open in select cities on the big screen sometime next year but I do not know all the details about that and it may be limited as it is a documentary film.