25 Documentaries That Will Make You a Better, Albeit More Irritating, Person

The Business of Being Born (2008)

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You'll Become An Expert On: Childbirth

"If you're going to have good stuff, you might as well use it to get the best outcome."

Disturbing language like this, which turns childbirth into something clinical and corporate, is the target of The Business of Being Born. The documentary explores how childbirth has developed in the United States, from a natural occurrence to be celebrated to an ultra-efficient medical procedure. A viewing will leave you with a broader idea of the possibilities of childbirth and skepticism toward doctors who may rely too heavily on medical procedures in the name of efficiency.

We're sure that pregnant women. who already have much to contend with because of the living thing inside them, would love to hear you drone on about how they should consider a water birth while they're trapped talking to you, not even able to drink.

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