I would like nothing more than if the next time a friend said to me, "You should watch 'The Business of Being Born'", I could respond with, "I have, and have you seen the counter-documentary that demonstrates how dangerous the ideas espoused in that movie really are?". Unfortunately, there is no counter documentary to direct my well meaning but mislead friends to. There is no "Beyond Reason: The Religion of Being Born", or "Juno Cries", or "Mothering Mortality", or "Balanced Birth". There's ample material for a movie, there is no shortage of compelling stories from women who have been harmed by the push for normal birth and more specifically 'natural birth' and at the extreme end the trend towards embracing homebirth. There's plenty of evidence out there to suggest that a more moderate approach could be very beneficial for both women and their babies. But as of yet, nobody has taken up the cause and made a documentary that exposes the Natural Childbirth movement for what it is: a religion that places process (vaginal, unmedicated childbirth) ahead of outcome (healthy mom and baby).
I am not a documentary maker, I am not a journalist, I am very much so just a blogging, working mom - who feels compelled to add her voice to the chorus of women who see the harm caused by over-zealous natural birth advocates. However, I very much so feel that this movie is overdue. The moderate mothering voice needs to recapture maternity care, needs to refocus on the true goal of giving birth: a physically and psychologically healthy mother and baby. That goal isn't realized by pushing women into natural childbirth. That goal will only be realized by empowering women with balanced information so that they can make the best choices that best meet their needs and those of their children.