I recently was sent a link to a website that lets you watch the 2008 documentary entitled Pregnant in America: A Nation’s Miscarriage for free. The catch is that it will only let you watch 72 minutes of the movie, and then it makes you wait an hour to watch the rest (unless you sign up for their program which costs money). So if you don’t mind watching half the movie before dinner and then the other half after dinner, it’s worth it to just wait watch it for free!
The synopsis posted on the documentary’s website reads:
“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.”
My overall impression of the movie was good, as it is very empowering to see “ordinary” people (that is, couples who are not already in the birth advocacy community) honestly researching all their options once they become pregnant as opposed to buying into the medicalized culture of fear that so many of us grew up to believe is the only way. I have been meaning to watch the movie a second time so that I may give it a more thorough review but just haven’t found the time. Check back soon for an update!
My only criticism of the movie is that it seems a bit scatterbrained and “all over the place” at times and when I finished watching the movie, part of me felt like there was no real cohesive message but instead, a bunch of scattered messages throughout. Other than that I feel it is a documentary worth watching. I am also interested in hearing all of your impressions too J! What do you think?!