CRS Community Films and Think Act Change NYC invite you to screen and discuss THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN, an eye-opening examination of childbirth methods — including midwives, natural births, epidurals, and Cesarean sections. Built around a graphic scene in which its executive producer, Ricki Lake, the actress and former talk-show host, gives birth on camera to her second child at home in a bathtub attended by a midwife, this culture-changing documentary awakened millions of women to the possibility that traditional birthing methods can provide a safe and superior experience for mother and child. Still widely practiced in Europe and Japan, home birth has largely disappeared in the United States due to the American health care system's portrayal of it as a primitive, unsanitary ritual. This film compels families to reconsider that notion, probing the obscured reasons why traditional birthing practices became so marginalized in the United States and why, despite having the most expensive and medicalized birth care in the world, the US now ranks only 50th in maternity survival rate.
Tickets are free but seating is limited and first come, first serve.
Chanel Porchia from Ancient Song Doula Services will be joining us to talk about her calling into midwifery and the training certification her organization provides to help women of color from low income families get the quality maternal care they need to give birth and care for child.