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"The Business of Being Born" film showing & discussion on May 19

Decorah Public Library will host a film showing and panel discussion about the America’s maternity care system Monday May 19, 6-8 pm, in the lower level public meeting room.
When May 19, 2008
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where in the Public Meeting Room
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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“The Business of Being Born,” a 2007 documentary directed by Abby Epstein and executive produced by Ricki Lake, was created to raise awareness about the birth options available to American women. After experiencing both a hospital birth and a home birth, Lake approached Epstein about collaborating on a film that would examine birth culture in the U.S., and ask questions about the way American women have babies.


Epstein conducts interviews with a number of obstetricians, experts and advocates about the history, culture and economics of childbirth. She explores America’s maternity care system, juxtaposing hospital deliveries against the growing popularity of at-home, natural childbirths that many expectant parents are now opting for. Throughout the film, interviews with childbirth professionals are interspersed with the stories of families pursuing different birth options and footage of several births. 


A panel discussion will follow the film. Panelists include professionals (a doctor, midwives, and a doula) who will talk about birth options and families who have experience with varied birth options.


Educational materials containing further information about birth options and statistics will be available and program attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of panel participants.


For more information, contact Kristin at 382-3717.