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Pregnant In America: A Nation's Miscarriage
Life's greatest miracle in the hands of a nation's most powerful interests:
Discover the truths that convinced two educated American parents, Steve and Mandy Buonaugurio, to opt out of the American Childbirth System. Pregnant in America prepares expecting parents for their uncertain journey of being pregnant and having their baby.

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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
the way people in America think and feel about childbirth forever.

What has driven hospitals and insurance companies to turn birth into a commercial, assembly line process?
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 Information

Today, one out of every three births in the U.S. is a c-section, or caesarian delivery, involving major abdominal surgery. Never mind that:
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends an industrialized nation c-section rate of no more than 1 in 10 births.
  • Major surgery dramatically increases risk for fatal blood clots, infection and complications of anesthaesia.
  • There is known to be a 3-fold increased risk of postpartum maternal death in Caesarian deliveries.

How to Dehumanize Birth to Create Systematic Efficiency

Eliminating 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 filmed meetings with doctors and midwives from Holland, the Home Birth Capital of the World.
  • They went to Germany and England and met Janet Balaskas at The Active Birth Center.
  • They talked to Michel Odent, MD, Father of Water Birth.

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:
  • The real physical and emotional conditions of childbirth
  • The true safety issues of birth
  • The myths we have come to live and give birth by

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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Presenter: Steve and Mandy Buonaugurio
Includes: 1 Online Streamed Video(s) (108 mins total)
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Mandy Buonaugurio, pregnant while making Pregnant in America

Pregnant in America reveals well-examined answers to:

  • The history of childbirth
  • Our current childbirth system
  • The direction U.S. obstetrics might be headed.
It unflinchingly studies the causes behind the rising trend of:
  • C-sections
  • Health insurance limitations
  • Overuse of drugs in childbirth
  • Fear-driven commercialism
  • The misconceptions around pain
  • Unfriendly hospital environments for mothers and newborns
  • The safety of home births
  • Social theories of power and control
  • Exploitation of the family
  • The culture of ignorance.
Pregnant In America's Interviews Include:
  • Tom Kreuning, MD, OB/GYN
  • Dr. Stephanie Mines
  • Michel Odent, MD, OB/GYN
  • Elizabeth Maish, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer, Tuscon Medical Center
  • Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Medical School Professor
  • Marsden Wagner, MD, Author, Born in the USA, Director of Women and Children's Health, World Health Organization
  • Janet Balaskas, Director of the Active Birth Center
  • Barbara Harper, RN, CD, CCE
  • Kerry Tushhoff, author, "Confessions of a Childbirth Educator"
  • Ron Sancetta, MD, OB/GYN
  • Robbie Davis-Floyd, Ph.D.
  • Joel Evans, MD, OB/GYN,
  • Barbara Katz Rothman, Ph.D., author "The Tentative Pregnancy"
  • Certified Professional Midwife, Ina May Gaskin
  • Joseph Chilton Pearce
  • Professional Doula, Lillianna Lammers
And many more:
  • Natural childbirth advocates
  • Mothers
  • American OB/GYNs
  • Anthropologists
  • Sociologists
  • Representatives from insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Medical supply houses

"It's time for women and all parents to take back their power and make truly informed choices about their birth. Pregnant In America is an eye opener to the majority of Americans, and is a must see for anyone contemplating a pregnancy. The scary reality and safe alternatives are presented in a truthful manner immersed in a healthy dose of humor and clever visuals."

- Allison Walsh, President, Lamaze International

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