Thursday, July 23, 2009

Perhaps 2009's Most Important DVD

I have blogged about "Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs the Real Thing" before...however, just as a gee whiz kind of post.

Now, I have seen it 3 times and I am convinced that this is one of the most important DVDs of 2009 that has as its theme US maternity care. Differing from recent DVDs such as "The Business of Being Born", "Orgasmic Birth" and "Pregnant in America", Laboring Under An Illusion uses comparing and contrasting to make the point - the media shows a very skewed view of birth for the ratings and profit.

Childbirth educator and anthropologist Vicki Elson examines over 100 video clips and compares them to the educational DVDs shown, for example, in childbirth education classes. The comparison is startling and dramatic. Elson does not make the conclusion for the viewer, but does allow the viewer to come to their own conclusion. This is a very big part of what makes this a dynamic film and one that is a tremendous catalyst for conversation about birth in the US society.

Are you the kind of person who, when watching a childbirth segment on TV, yells at the TV hoping for more sanity in the presentation? If so, then this is for you.

Do you educate expectant parents or maternity care professionals and want to illustrate the impact of media on the birthing process in our society, this DVD is for you.

Are you a student or professor of sociology, nursing, psychology, social work, anthropology, or any topic that has to do with humans? This DVD is for you.

Are you an expectant parent, grandparent, moms group leader, LLL leader? This DVD is for you.

In essence, you need to see this video.

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