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Excitedly expecting their first child, U.S. filmmaker Steve Buonaugurio and his wife Mandy set out to explore their options. But instead of the intimate family birthing experience they anticipated, they were soon shocked to discover what was happening to women and babies as they realized they faced a sterile, hi-tech surgical landscape, scary statistics, and an insurance quagmire.
A thought-provoking, funny, inspirational movie, Pregnant in America will change
What has morphed the most natural and beautiful of human experiences into a medical condition?
Is it all about power and profits?
Pregnant in America is a motivational and inspirational documentary that was shot all around the world in a quest for the very most informative experts on pregnancy and birth. It was made by film maker Steve Buonaugurio 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 expecting parents for their uncertain journey of being pregnant and having their baby.
The assurance they felt giving birth in the U.S. medical system evaporated as they discovered it is safer to give birth in the Czech Republic, or any of the other 31 countries that have better live birth statistics, than in the United States. The knowledge that a baby has a better chance of surviving being born in El Salvador than in Detroit did little to give them peace of mind.
And then there was the little "C" habit U.S. doctors had gotten into.
What alternatives exist for parents who desire a more human experience?
Startling InformationToday, one out of every three births in the U.S. is a c-section, or caesarian delivery, involving major abdominal surgery. Never mind that:
How to Dehumanize Birth to Create Systematic EfficiencyEliminating long labors, late night delivery calls, and unexpected overflows in the delivery room, rapidly escalating numbers of scheduled hospital c-sections now guarantee the C in caesarian stands for Convenience and Cost. In some states a caesarian delivery can expense out at $45,000.
Steve and Mandy traveled all over the globe, searching for guidance. They discovered one disturbing answer after another to heart-wrenching and implicating questions:
They also stood in Times Square and conducted impromptu surveys, and they talked to hundreds of pregnant women, new moms and families.
Mandy and Steve's personal experiences weave this poignant film together as their cameras go behind the scenes in hospitals, birthing centers, and at-home births to explore:
What Steve and Mandy discovered shocked them. And it will shock you. You'll find out why they decided not to participate in the system and what kind of information made them decide upon no tests, no check-ups, and have a home birth alone.
You and your loved ones, too, may one day face the question: in whose hands does life's greatest miracle belong?
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