Pregnant in America

Have you heard about this new movie – Pregnant in America?

Pregnant in America examines the betrayal of humanity’s greatest gift–birth–by the greed of U.S. corporations. Hospitals, insurance companies and other members of the healthcare industry have all pushed aside the best care of our infants and mothers to play the power game of raking in huge profits.

His wife pregnant, first-time filmmaker Steve Buonaugurio sets out to create a film that will expose the underside of the U.S. childbirth industry and help end its neglectful exploitation of pregnancy and birth.

Pregnant in America is the controversial story of life’s greatest miracle in the hands of a nation’s most powerful interests.

You can view the trailer at the link above.

All I have to say is Wow – it’s about damn time someone made a movie about this. It definitely has the potential to be a real eye-opener in this country.

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13 thoughts on “Pregnant in America

  1. Amen! I have dreamed of someone doing a documentary on this. I hope he does it justice, although ANY documentary that can expose some of the medical myths of birth will be better than nothing. May it be a spark that leads to a fire of change!
    XOXO

  2. (please excuse my soap box moment)
    I hope this film balances out the negative aspects by providing a path to experience a POSITIVE pregnancy and birth despite all this bad stuff going on.

    I had my baby abroad, so I’m not familiar with the processes of prenatal care and the birth and/or hospital experience that women go through here in America. But I don’t think that excludes me from having a say in this issue.

    While exposing the negative underbelly of these corporations that exploit is important, let us not leave the film with feelings of anger and powerlessness, but with creative ideas on how to change the status quo – a different path to take. If this movie does not provide that for us, I feel it has only done half of its potential.

    More energy needs to focus on what we can do differently. Otherwise we feed the very thing we want to stamp out. That’s what I’ve been learning of late.

  3. I appreciate documentaries that bring attention to deserving causes, but it seems that people watch the documentary and then fail to do the most important part: act!

    If we vote with our money, companies will take notice. Action is the ultimate verb. If something is going to be done, something needs to be done!

    After watching this documentary, don’t say to yourself “yeah, I wish that’s how things were.” Instead, say, “that how things are going to be” and then act.

    Did you go to the closest hospital for your birth or did you go to the best hospital in your area? Did you ask questions or follow orders? If anyone is going to change this country, it’s women, and you have my support. And that’s especially true for health care in the U.S.

    signed,
    just your average guy

  4. amy and newhoosier (welcome, btw :) ), you both make very good points! i hope that this film is done well in that it exposes the problems with our current system, but then ALSO gives us tools to change it for the better. i know there are already lots of women working to change the system, which is awesome! but i think many people think “oh, this sucks, but this is just how it is” and don’t know what other options they have. i think the fact that they showed a few women in the trailer saying “i’m using a midwife” and the swiss doctor saying “delivery at home, but within 15 minutes of a hospital” shows that they will make suggestions on what we can do to bring about change. :)

    i am optimistic that this movie will be the catalyst needed to improve the birth crisis in our country.

  5. Sadly, as you listen to the trailer some of the dialog is muddy, and the director admits this is first time behind a camera. I hope that this doesn’t come off as shoddy and fail to deliver its message because it was so poorly done. There is a ton of potential here to get the word out there.

    Another thought, who watches this stuff other than documentary watchers. My parents got no benefit from Farenheit 911 because my parents don’t watch those types of documentaries… these types of documentaries often preach to the choir. I think Hoosier has it right, but not just to the watchers of the movie. If this is a subject you’re passionate about then you need to get the word out to people that AREN’T passionate so they at least get a chance to decide.

    Hope it goes well.

  6. cturpen – i think it’s good that you *are* going into nursing. if you think the nation’s healthcare is a POS, then maybe by being in the industry, you can do something to help change it for the better! :)

  7. I would welcome a well balanced film on the state of childbirth in America. There are many issues, many faults, many good things going on. It is true that money and fear drives our present system and there are reasons for it which are not easy to control. There are many players on the money end including all the equipment and drug companies, the liability lawyers and insurers, the lobbyists , the policy makers and on and on. The midwives who establish the birth centers as a place for the practice of midwifery – offering to women who ant it an alternative to the practice of medicine in the acute care hospital are very familiar with all of it and work daily to bring about change that will help all women and not “throw out the baby out with the bath water” so to speak. At the root of it all is the fact that we have been training surgeons ( obstericnas are essentially surgeons) in America to manage the care of healthy women anticipating a healthy pregnancy and birth. We have not had a balance in our system with training midwives. Obstetrical residency programs are largely supported by our Medicare tax dollars so the public needs to start to tell policy makers that they want at least 2-3 midwives for every obstetrician trained and re-allocate the tax dollars to do this. Sadly, as medical student interest in obstetrics declines, instead of siezing this opportunity to bring balance into the system we fill those programs with foreign physicians who are brought to our country to learn their trade and rarely go home again. If you are intersetd in more of my observations as a nurse-midwife for many years, I would be happy to talk with you. One person you had on your trailer, Susan Arms, was supposedly working on a film like this. Has she given up or are you working with her?

  8. I think that one of the problems that I don’t know if this film will address – but hope it does – is that women don’t know that they are being provided with substandard maternity care. Essentially, this is a women’s health issue and therefore a feminist issue. Many med staff routinely lie to women and provide non-evidence based care in order that women’s pregnancies and births conform best to their needs and not the needs of the birthing pair (mother AND child). I’d like to see that change. Let’s hope this film can help. It’s too bad it’s not coming out until 2008.

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