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How The Business of Being Born Impacted My Life

2 Comments 01 November 2011

This is the first post in a week long series leading up to the release of More Business of Being Born on November 8th. Come back to the Bring Birth Home blog daily to read the personal stories of seven women as they share “How The Business of Being Born Impacted My Life.”

My search for more information regarding choices in childbirth began with renting the documentary, The Business of Being Born.

Although my knowledge on the film was
limited, I had heard good things, (probably from NPR) so we rented it over a weekend to see what all the fuss was about.

In short, we were blown away by the content of the film.

I had been heavily leaning towards giving birth at home. But suddenly, there was NO WAY I could give birth at the hospital. Not after witnessing what hospital birth *could* be like. I wanted to completely avoid all possible interventions, especially when learning that some, if not most, are not medically neccessary.

The Business of Being Born helped me feel more confident in making the choice to give birth at home.

It opened my eyes to the many other women who choose this option, which made me feel a part of something bigger. I rented the documentary for my mother and my grandmother, who were only on board with my home birth after watching the film. BIG thanks to Ricki and Abby on that one!

(My home birth experience was indeed amazing, but I’m not going to get into that story right now. If you’d like, you can read my home birth story here. I went on to have another home birth just four months ago. View my home birth photos.)

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Your Best Birth & My Best Birth debut

A short while after the birth of my
daughter, (she was born in February, 2009) I decided to turn on the TV one morning while nursing her.

I tuned in to the Today Show and to my surprise, Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein were being interviewed about their brand new co-authored book, Your Best Birth, and social network community, My Best Birth! I just about peed my pants, I was so excited to hear this news.

As soon as my daughter fell asleep, I got on the computer, found the site and became a member.

The moment when I became a member of My Best Birth planted the seed of what would become this site: Bring Birth Home.

It was there that I found like-minded mamas – women who had given birth at home just like me.

Up to that point, I knew very few.

As the community began to grow, I connected with amazing women who loved to talk about their beautiful home birth experiences. Their stories were completely different from all too common hospital horror stories. I wanted to find a way to share the idea that birth could be a positive and empowering experience with the world.

I began to request home birth stories at My Best Birth with the intention of creating a website or blog focused around sharing positive home birth stories.

When I received my first half dozen stories, I realized what I would be created needed to be more than birth stories alone. I wanted to provide more concrete, logistical information about planning a home birth.

For months I worked on creating content for my site, saving it all in Word documents. I wrote a nine part email series about home birth preparation, researched about how to find a midwife, collected home birth photos and birth art, and slowly began blogging about my experiences.

Finally, in the Spring of 2010, after long hours of writing and website design, Bring Birth Home was born.

(on Facebook too - become a part of our community of 8,000+ by ”liking” Bring Birth Home on Facebook)

All in all, I am just as grateful for what Ricki and Abby have produced after the Business of Being Born just as much as I am for the documentary itself!

I’m so glad they didn’t stop with BOBB. Learn more about their co-authored book Your Best Birth, and become a member of their social site My Best Birth. I highly recommend both.

For the past two years, Ricki and Abby have been working diligently on creating More Business of Being Born to fill in any information gaps from the first film and book.

I’m pleased to participate in the upcoming release of this new four-part documentary in several awesome ways:

  • BBH is hosting a giveaway of the new film this week from November 1-7th at midnight
  • featuring the personal and unique stories from 7 women about how The Business of Being born impacted them…
  • AND an exclusive interview with Abby Epstein!

Follow this link to enter the giveaway to win a free copy of More Business of Being Born & listen to my exclusive interview with Abby Epstein.

Enjoy this week leading up to the release!

With love,
Kaitlin Rose

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  1. Kate says:

    Yes! The Business of Being Born had a huge impact on me as well! The health region put on a screening when I was pregnant. They only allowed us to watch “approved” parts (*sigh*), but it was enough for me–and I consider it a pivotal moment in my life. Seeing other women give birth at home helped me to follow my heart in having a home birth. My Best Birth was also one of the first places I connected with others who had home births. I can’t wait to see More Business of Being Born!


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