A few years ago, in this blog’s early days, I watched a documentary called The Business of Being Born and posted a review.
The movie was a one-sided piece of propaganda designed to terrify women away from hospitals and into the arms of a doula. I don’t have any problem whatsoever with the concept of natural and/or homebirths, but I was offended by the tone of the documentary, which diluted its own argument by ignoring the possibility of any middle ground.
Recently, while browsing Netflix, I ran across something called More Business of Being Born. Apparently Ricki Lake – the documentary’s producer and primary evangelist – and the creative team behind the movie went and created a sequel – complete with Alanis Morissette! I haven’t seen it, and – no longer being in the midst of a pregnancy – I probably never will.
But I thought it was a good opportunity to revisit my original review, which, aside from some spotty writing, I stand behind: