Learn about "The Business of Being Born"

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.

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  • caroline

    If you enjoyed this event, consider supporting their Indie GoGo campaign. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gift-a-doula

    November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's confirmation of that shocking statistic she presented that black mothers were 3 times more likely to suffer infant mortality over that of white mother: "According to a recent report by the New York Women’s Foundation, infant mortality rates in New York City are highest for black women living in impoverished neighborhoods. While white women in the city have a rate of 2.8 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, black women experience a rate of 8.6 deaths per 1,000." http://www.thenewyorkworld.com/2013/06/05/infant-mortality-budget/

    1 · November 17, 2013

    • caroline

      Wow that IS shocking.

      November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yep. Sad but true. I'm glad she's focusing on this area, and I hope she will get many others to join her.

      1 · November 17, 2013

  • caroline

    Speaker was amazing.

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's the link for the Indiegogo "Gift a Doula" campaign to support teen mothers with free doula services. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gift-a-doula

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a really great event despite the technical difficulties that kept us from finishing the film. (For those interested, it can be found online.) The discussion alone was worth coming for! The speaker, Chanel Porchia, was phenomenal! I had no idea there was a an organization of women of color helping the underserved communities--let alone that they would be using a combination of sliding scale and bartering, old-school style, to do so! Listening to her stories was inspirational and I plan to take the doula training myself next month to do my part to be prepared to help in an emergency situation.

    For those wondering, a doula is not a midwife. The doula does not deliver the child, but instead provides emotional, spiritual, and physical support during the the delivery, as well advice about breastfeeding and overall woman wellness. You can find out more about Chanel's organization at http://www.ancientsongdoulaservices.com/

    November 16, 2013

  • caroline

    Event starting soon!

    November 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      A little lost, but almost there!

      November 16, 2013

  • bex

    sorry i had to change my rsvp to no! :( i really hope to join you folks next time!

    November 15, 2013

    • caroline

      awwww next time!

      November 15, 2013

  • caroline

    Event is on tomorrow! Hope you can all make it and please be on time. We will start the film at 4:20 PM.

    November 15, 2013

  • Nancy K.

    i had a home birth and it was wonderful, healthy, supportive and natural. i hope many see this film and learn the advantages. Added to that i nursed my son for five years and ate a vegan diet. he never got sick or had cavities. i hope these two methods of child rearing spread as well.

    2 · November 10, 2013

    • caroline

      Thank you for sharing Nancy!

      November 12, 2013

  • caroline

    Did you know that only 1 per cent of births in the US did not take place in a hospital or birthing center? Of the 1 per cent, Midwives attended 61 percent of home births in 2008. Montana and Vermont had the highest rate of home births.

    November 1, 2013

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