G'day I just watched this movie 'Preganant in America' and it is fantastic. Very informative and eye opening. I thought I would post a link for others to watch it. You can watch the full movie for free here:
http://wideeyecinema.com/?p=6665 and on google vid.Synopsis from the official website: http://www.pregnantinamerica.com/
Pregnant in America is a motivational, and inspirational documentary made by film maker Steve Buonagurio about the birth of his daughter Bella. Shocked by the greed of U.S. hospitals, insurance companies and medical organizations, Steve and his wife Mandy set out to create a natural home birth in a world where everything is anything but natural. The film is as much educational as it is entertaining and prepares excepting parent for their uncertain journey of being pregnant and having their baby.
"It's time for women to take back their power and make truly informed choices about their birth, Pregnant In America is an eye opener to the majority of Americans, and is a must see for anyone contemplating a pregnancy. The scary reality and safe alternatives are presented in a truthful manner emerced in a healthy dose of humor and clever visuals."
- Allison Walsh - President -Lamaze International
About Writer/Director Steve Buonaugurio
Steve Buonaugurio was trained as a sociologist and teacher. In his personal and professional life, Buonaugurio's favorite question is, "If you knew you couldn't fail, what would you do?"
When Steve's wife Mandy became pregnant, Steve immediately saw that something was wrong with the way women were being treated in the American maternity system. He thought a movie would help create a better environment for women in the US. But since he had never made a movie before and knew nothing about filmmaking, he thought maybe he'd just send an email to Michael Moore about the problem.
Then Buonaugurio realized that one-day he may ask his own child his favorite question, "If you knew you couldn't fail, what would you do?"
Buonaugurio knew he would have to walk the talk. The answer to his own question: write, direct and produce Pregnant in America.
About Producer Betsy Chasse
Betsy Chasse was one of the co-creators sleeper hit, What the BLEEP Do We Know!?. To date, the film is one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time, and has shipped more than one million DVDs in the first six months of its DVD release. Chasse was listed in Variety's top 50 Independent Producers of 2004.
As well as Writing, Directing and Producing BLEEP, Chasse also worked to create a grassroots marketing campaign, which is credited with the success of the film. Several books have been written about the campaign, the film and its incredible success. In 2005 she co-authored the book, What The Bleep Do We Know?! Discovering the endless possibilities for altering your everyday reality, now in its third printing.
In 2006 Betsy started her own media and publishing company, Elora Media, which offers spiritually oriented, motivational books, videos and music for children of all ages adults included! She is a highly sought after speaker on such subjects as spirituality, the blending of science and spirituality, and marketing to the cultural creative demographic.
About Producer Straw Weisman
Writer, producer, director Straw Weisman has written, co-written or directed 10 independent features in the last 20 years, including the improv dramedy sensation "Man of the Year" starring John Ritter and a cast of 25, which was shot with 20 cameras on location in one night.
His seminal independent feature script "Fight For Your Life" was recently named by Quentin Tarrantino as a featured film in his Grindhouse Film Festival. His marketing company, Marquee Productions, has created more than 2,000 trailers, promos, TV spots and radio commercials and advertising copy lines for independents and major motion pictures.
He has delivered more than 55 feature films as a co-producer, associate producer and/or post production supervisor, including the mind/body/spirit breakout feature "What the Bleep Do We Know!?" and co-producer of its sequel "What The Bleep Down The Rabbit Hole."
Weisman has lectured at UCLA Extension, the Los Angeles Film School, Cal State Long Beach and Brooks Institute. Currently he is supervising producer on "Wonderwall" for Cinemalab.
"Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth is also big business.
Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to 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?"