Do you know what a doula is? Most people don’t. Do you know anyone who has had a home birth? Most people don’t, at least in these United States. A doula, according to Merriam-Webster is “a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth.” Home birth, or natural birth without medication or intervention, is what most women worldwide still have. The funny thing is that the countries where natural birth is considered ordinary have better maternity and newborn statistics than do we in the United States with all our technology and C-sections. And we have a lot of C-sections!

This morning I received a link to one of Ricki Lake’s documentaries, The Business of Being Born, showing midwives assisting at home births. Produced with Abby Epstein it is a full two-hours long and riveting. I have found that such free offerings on the internet have a tendency to be “no longer available” in short order, probably because there is more profit in selling DVDs.

So, you are invited to view mothers giving birth, brand new babies, and midwives at work. The link is here.

Good luck.