Join Think Act Change for a screening and discussion on THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN, an eye-opening documentary reviewing all childbirth options — including midwives, natural births, epidurals, and Cesarean sections.
The actress and former talk-show host Ricki Lake became infatuated with birth after giving birth to her first child in hospital. Ricki makes the decision to birth her second child at home in a bathtub attended by a midwife and examines the home birthing myths from medical professionals. This culture-changing documentary awakened millions of expecting 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. Chanel founded Ancient Song Doula Services in the Fall of 2008 after experiencing the birth of her first child at home. She is the mother of four beatuiful children, an Activist, a Certified Labor & Postpartum Doula, a Certified Lactation Counselor, a Midwifery Assistant and Student, a Vegan Chef, and a Certified Holistic Health Counselor specializing in High Risk Mothers, Multiples, and Survivors of Sexual Trauma and DV. She is also the co-trainer for ASDS trainings.
Ancient Song Doula Services' mission is to offer all women, regardless of their socio-economic standing, quality Doula Care and to empower young mothers to make healthy choices in their lives. Ancient Song is committed to the lowering of the Infant Mortality Rate by changing the way mothers view birthing, advocating on behalf of all mothers, and challenging the current healthcare system's quality of care regardless of one's socio-economic standing.
What is a doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. — DONA International
DONATION: $10 towards covering the $150 screening fee would be most appreciated.