Get the Heck Out the Hospital!

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Running head: The Business of Being Born

Get the Heck Out the Hospital?
Erica Wade
Mesa Community College

Abstract
In the film titled “The Business of Being Born” directed by Abby Epstein in 2008, you are given information that supports home births being better for the US mortality rate of newborns and their mothers. This film shines light on the tactics used to change home births from a norm in society to a type of outcast or out dated procedure. This film breaks down a specific time line in which, certain medications phased in or out and when child birth went from a personal bonding moment between mother and child to a medical procedure in hospitals. The film displays the fact that the US maternity system has given reign of procedures and policies to the bottom line which is money.

Get the Heck Out the Hospital
The film stated that the US had the second highest mortality rate among other industrialized cultures. Which raises the question why is the mortality rate so high in the US. I have to honestly say while watching this film I did not receive a definitive answer. Instead poorly supported statistics was used to tie hospital births to the mortality rate in the US. However in the film it is suggested that majority of the deaths that happen in the US are mothers and babies that delivered in a hospital. But what is not provided is real facts and numbers, but it is not taken into consideration that if 99% of births are in hospitals then it would be true that the majority of deaths happen there. The one thing that is not discussed in the film is the amount of deaths during home births.
The conversation of Birth being a business in modern-day society stem from birth being overly medical and too expensive. In the film one midwife states that she only charges $4,000 to a hospital $23,000 for a natural birth. The idea of “home birth normal” is altered, as…...

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