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#361 of 495 Old 10-16-2007, 09:35 PM
 
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That was awesome! Thanks!
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I saw Ricki Lake's film "The Business of Being Born" this weekend, and enjoyed it! Great comments from Michel Odent and Marsden Wagner. I would have liked to have heard more from the women giving birth and less from the midwife they primarily focused on (but I'm a UCer!). I could have also done without so many comments from OB/GYN’s, although most of them basically said there is too much intervention in birth these days (although they stopped short of promoting homebirth). The film itself is very pro-homebirth.

Most of the birth footage was excellent! I especially enjoyed Ricki Lake’s birth! She caught her baby herself in her bathtub. Her midwife was very hands-off, and also encouraged other moms to catch their own babies.

I would recommend the film. I think it will open many eyes!
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We're doing a couple of screenings in Atlanta in November! I can't wait to see it. Nov 1 (www.babystepsonline.net/BoBB.htm) and Nov 11 (www.gabirthnetwork.com).

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I saw it last week and really enjoyed it.
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Thanks for the review Laura, now I really can't wait to see it
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I saw Ricki Lake's film "The Business of Being Born" this weekend, and enjoyed it! Great comments from Michel Odent and Marsden Wagner. I would have liked to have heard more from the women giving birth and less from the midwife they primarily focused on (but I'm a UCer!). I could have also done without so many comments from OB/GYN’s, although most of them basically said there is too much intervention in birth these days (although they stopped short of promoting homebirth). The film itself is very pro-homebirth.

Most of the birth footage was excellent! I especially enjoyed Ricki Lake’s birth! She caught her baby herself in her bathtub. Her midwife was very hands-off, and also encouraged other moms to catch their own babies.

I would recommend the film. I think it will open many eyes!
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My local birth group just hosted a screening of the film- it is definitely worth seeing! It brings up so many important issues. While I'm more on the UC/hands-off midwife (for whom that's appropriate) side of things myself, I think it was important to hear what the OB's were saying- just to show the sorry state of obstetrics in this country, if nothing else! Most of them were talking down about homebirth when they didn't even have the first clue what it's even about.

Ricki Lake's birth was amazing- I just cried. Her baby looked like he was smiling when he came out! The other birth scenes were so moving, too!
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SUblimeBirthgirl, thanks for the info! I might be able to make the one on the 11th! I'm not pg and not sure if I ever will be again, but I'd love to watch the film and meet new people. Also share my FSBC experience.

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That's what you call entonox. And the drugs/tens/etc at births is what happens when you have govt-funded hb in the UK.
TENS rocks- I can't believe how many women go through hours and hours and days and days of prodromal labour and back labour when there is something simple and non-chemical which helps ease the sensations and allows your body to get on with it. Shocking. It's not an NHS thing, though, it's more something that women have found works. Pethidine's getting increasingly hard to get a script for, though, but I was grateful to have the option during Rowan's birth.

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For the other Ani fans, here is a clip of her talking about her HB.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWL0opXkiTg
I am a freakin huge Ani fan. Now I love her even more

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Love the Ani clip!

So I saw "Business of Being Born" last night and I'm so glad I saw it. I cried with every baby born, still can't believe I pushed out a 8 lbs. 8 oz baby. But I think it feel really short in the wonderful alternative preventative measures women can use to avert a breech presentation. For example, my babies were breech and through chiropractic Webster technique they all turned. I wish it was more but I really loved it!

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What were osme of the preventive measures they mentioned? I can't wait to see this movie!!

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im an Ari's momma too, and yes silly folks pronounce it airy.
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John C McGinley's wife had her baby at home on Feb 3.

He's Dr. Cox on Scrubs, he was also in Platoon.

Had their 8 lb baby at home with midwife in attendance!

http://television.aol.com/news/story...03170209990001

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I'm actually surprised we don't see more celebrity home birthers. I would have to imagine the privacy factor would be huge. Of course we have to rule out all the 37-week elective c-sections to avoid stretch marks

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Love the Ani clip!

So I saw "Business of Being Born" last night and I'm so glad I saw it. I cried with every baby born, still can't believe I pushed out a 8 lbs. 8 oz baby. But I think it feel really short in the wonderful alternative preventative measures women can use to avert a breech presentation. For example, my babies were breech and through chiropractic Webster technique they all turned. I wish it was more but I really loved it!
i wish it mentioned those things too, but i think that they wanted to squeeze as much as they could into 90 minutes, and just awaken people to the fact that there are other options, and hopefully people would start to get more curious and do their own research from there, kwim?

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i wish it mentioned those things too, but i think that they wanted to squeeze as much as they could into 90 minutes, and just awaken people to the fact that there are other options, and hopefully people would start to get more curious and do their own research from there, kwim?
Exactly what I thought. I mean, to really include everything there is to know about natural/home birth, you'd have to have a miniseries the length of the Ring Cycle at minimum, and even then I think some wouldn't be satisfied. I think the purpose of the movie is to get the word out, get people reading and talking and researching the issue. It's to START the discussion - not to BE the discussion.

I think it's a tremendous gift. I've seen it once, am seeing it again at another screening next week, and once it's available for purchase, I'll buy at least two copies, one for myself and one for loaning.

Thanks Ricki!
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I was watching Jim Gaffigan yesterday and he mentioned his wife had a HB with their first. Such a funny guy!

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I was watching Jim Gaffigan yesterday and he mentioned his wife had a HB with their first. Such a funny guy!
I *LOVE* Jim Gaffigan!!!!!
His wife sounds like an MDCer with all the stuff he says about her. Love that he makes jokes about homebirth too! "I can't program a VCR, I'm here to help." and "Where would you like me to stand terrified because that will be my contribution?"
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John C McGinley's wife had her baby at home on Feb 3.

He's Dr. Cox on Scrubs, he was also in Platoon.

Had their 8 lb baby at home with midwife in attendance!

http://television.aol.com/news/story...03170209990001
I Dr. Cox! Yeah, I am glad he is a homebirther, he is such a funny actor. He was also in Wild Hogs. Thanks for the link

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Dave Matthew's wife and Charlotte Church gave birth at home as well (DM cds as well)

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http://www.venuszine.com/articles/ar...h_Ani_DiFranco

Your music is the soundtrack of my life — I've been listening to you since I was 16, and I just turned 30. What is the soundtrack of your life? And, can you tell us why you chose to have a home birth? Would you do it again?
— Mindy Kufahl of Topeka, Kansas



Oh, geez, I guess there have been many along the way. There are too many directions to point! Different artists have accompanied me in different ways but no one I can easily single out.

I would definitely choose a homebirth again despite the fear mongering of this patriarchal society, which convinces women that they are incapable of having babies without the intervention of men and their machines. I look at societies where women are marginalized and oppressed their whole lives (even covered head to toe in tarps!) but are still in control of birthing practice, in a whole new way now. I mean, who is really more advanced? To take birthing out of women’s hands and deny us the continuum of eons of wisdom and experience is to eject us from the very seat of our power. I believe that women in hospitals are prevented from being able to have normal, healthy birthing experiences because of the intimidation of being on the clock, being pressured to take drugs to make it quicker, being inhibited in their movement and activities, and alienated by a sterile, fluorescent lit, feet-in-the-air type environment. You know the classic “performance anxiety” of not being able to pee or poo because somebody’s watching you? Multiply that by a million! A cervix is a sphincter after all! Then to add tragic insult to injury women are numbed through their great moment of revelation. I believe the act of giving birth to be the single most miraculous thing a human being can do and it is surely the moment when a lot of women finally understand the depth of their power and connection to all of nature. You think it can’t possibly be done, you think you can’t possibly take the pain, and then you do — and afterward you look at yourself in a whole new way. If you can do that, you can do anything. Check out the books on this subject by Ina May Gaskin. She’s one of my great heroes. P.S. I was in labor for 43 hours. Pushed for five hours. It was brutal and scary and prolonged, and if I was in a hospital, they would have definitely cut the baby out of me. I thank the goddesses that I was at home with patient midwives who knew how to go the distance. The memory of pain always recedes. The memory of triumph does not.
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Wow- another reason to LOVE Ani

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From Celebrity Baby Blog

The Office's Melora Hardin recently sat down with American Baby to discuss her homebirth, extended nursing, and attachment parenting practices, as well as how she deals with sibling squabbles and the importance of individual time with mom.

The 40-year-old actress is mom to Rory Melora, 6 ½, and Piper Quincy, 3, her daughters with actor Gildart Jackson.

http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2008...in-o.html#more
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YES!!!
Awesome!! And in a mainstream mag as well!!! I'm so happy a million moms will read that article

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I would never have guessed....Jan!?! That is great!

I also love Jim but haven't heard about his wife, I'll have to watch him more!

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From Celebrity Baby Blog

The Office's Melora Hardin recently sat down with American Baby to discuss her homebirth, extended nursing, and attachment parenting practices, as well as how she deals with sibling squabbles and the importance of individual time with mom.

The 40-year-old actress is mom to Rory Melora, 6 ½, and Piper Quincy, 3, her daughters with actor Gildart Jackson.

http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2008...in-o.html#more
What a fantastic interview that was, 'specially for a mainstream publication. She had a really nice way of stating her opinions confidently, but in a way that respects other choices. I could see it being very approachable to someone encountering homebirth, ap or cosleeping for the first time.
I wonder if all the comments there were from MDC? I think the article is linked from a few different forums.

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This is such an interesting thread!
I know that Asia Carrera (former porn star) attempted a homebirth with her first but after 80 some hours of labor she ended up with a hospital birth. She is EBF her DD and PG with #2, last I heard she may attempt another homebirth, and is planning to tandem BF. She seems very AP and is really cool and funny.
Actually I know her and yes she has a homebirth, unassisted!!! She is such a great lady!!

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From Celebrity Baby Blog

The Office's Melora Hardin recently sat down with American Baby to discuss her homebirth, extended nursing, and attachment parenting practices, as well as how she deals with sibling squabbles and the importance of individual time with mom.

The 40-year-old actress is mom to Rory Melora, 6 ½, and Piper Quincy, 3, her daughters with actor Gildart Jackson.

http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2008...in-o.html#more
What a great article! Thanks for the link!

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Apparently Angelina is planning a homebirth for her twins....??

http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have had many of the contents of their US home sent to their rented villa in France.

The pregnant actress – who is said to be planning a home birth – wants everything ready for when she goes into labour. Brad's even had his motorbike brought over.
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