Movie talks about midwifery

Elizabeth Meeks
March 26, 2008
Filed under Features

By ELIZABETH MEEKS
emeeks@bakersfieldcollege.edu
Rip staff writer

Bakersfield College held a grassroots screening of the documentary “The Business of Being Born” March 5 in celebration of women’s history month.
With over 100 people in attendance, the film, which was produced by former talk show host Rikki Lake, explored the differences of women giving birth at home with a trained midwife rather than in the hospital.
Students, mothers with their babies in tow, as well as some pregnant mothers filled the auditorium. Bringing the film to BC has been a plan in the making since November. Christine, a former BC student said, “Our hope is to show women there are choices out there.” She was the driving force behind bringing the film to BC. Christine is also a mother who gave birth at home with a midwife.
LeMonica, a midwife here in Bakersfield for the last 10 years, also wanted the message sent to women that there are choices when giving birth. Brenda Capps, midwife in Bakersfield for 18 years, missed the BC viewing of the film; however, she has seen it and enjoyed it very much.
“I thought it was an excellent film,” Capps said.

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