Special screening: Business of Being Born

This Thursday, January 10, there will be a special benefit screening of The Business of Being Born, a new documentary about the way American women give birth. Here’s the trailer:

The trailer touches on several key themes of this course. First, it points out that the American experience of birth is unique in the world. Second, it suggests that birth, like other aspects of sexuality, is a cultural event as much as it is a biological one. Indeed, cross-cultural variation in the expectations for pregnancy and birth may have important biological consequences for how we get our start in the world.

The local screening of this new documentary is being hosted by the Birth Center of Gainesville and the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). It will take place at the Gateway Grand Hotel at 6:30 p.m. For details and information about tickets, see the ICAN website.


3 Responses to Special screening: Business of Being Born

  1. Erica January 8, 2008 at 6:45 pm #

    I have this saved on Netflix and will get it when it comes out – so if you are broke, you can get it that way. Although BCOG is definitely a great place to support if you have $10!

  2. quckf3d2600 January 9, 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    One very interesting point that was raised in this video is the fact that the American Health Association indeed has given the impression to us that in order for a woman to give birth to a child it is necessary to do it in a hospital, while millions of babies are born around the world perfectly fine without the need of those costly procedures.


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