Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Business of Being Born

People are often dumbfounded when I tell them I had Grace at home. They ask me, "You mean, on purpose? Or was it by accident?" The straight-up answer is, YES, I meant to have her at home. I'll probably blog about my reasons why sometime.

For now, I wanted to share an invitation sent to me by my midwife.

The Association of Ryerson Midwifery Students (ARMS) invites you to an exclusive screening of the Business of Being Born: A new documentary produced by Ricki Lake.

Monday February 11 2008
TIme: 730pm
Place: Lib 72, 350 Victoria St. Ryerson University

Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to examine and question the way American women have babies.

The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal.

Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency?"

$2 for students and $4 general admission

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