Pregnant in America is an educational and inspirational documentary that exposes how U.S. hospitals are heavily influenced by the greed of insurance companies. Nowadays, U.S. hospitals are encourage to use synthetic drugs, such as Cytotec (misoprostol) and Pitocin to induce labor. The real purpose of these drugs is not for safety but for profit. If these drugs are really as effective as they claim, then why does the U.S. has one of the highest infant mortality rates among developed countries? According to WebMD, in 2008 the U.S. ranked 29th worldwide in infant mortality.
Below is a synopsis of Pregnant in America from PregnantInAmerica.com.
Pregnant in America is a motivational, and inspirational documentary made by film maker Steve Buonagurio 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 excepting parent for their uncertain journey of being pregnant and having their baby.
Giving natural birth is empowering
Our society has conditioned women to fear giving birth. Because of this, women do not understand the importance of giving natural birth. The process of giving birth was intelligently designed by nature to help give the mother and the child an empowering and joyful experience. Yes, there is pain involved but pain associated with labor can be dramatically reduced when the mother is in the right position and mental state.
During the birthing process, the woman’s body releases many different hormones to ease the process of giving birth. Two of those hormones are endorphin and oxytocin (the “love hormone”). Oxytocin is needed to initiate and facilitate a woman’s labor. Being in a state of fear can disrupt the release of oxytocin. This is why it is important that women are relaxed emotionally and mentally during labor. Being relaxed makes it easier for a woman’s body to deal with the hormonal changes, resulting in a joyful experience. Some women even admit that they experience orgasms during labor.
The negative effects of synthetic hormones
The problem with giving birth in U.S. hospitals is that many of their doctors are encourage to use synthetic hormones to artificially initiate and facilitate a woman’s labor. For relieving pain, they are encourage to use epidural. These synthetic drugs do not work well with the body and they usually disrupt the birthing process. Using synthetic hormones to induce labor can dramatically increase the risk of cesarean section (c-section). To be more accurate, nearly 50 percent of women who have induction get c-sections. Synthetic hormones should only be used when there is a clear sign that the woman needs them.
One of the most dangerous drugs that is commonly used to induce labor is Cytotec. This drug was designed specifically to treat stomach ulcers. Even the FDA does not recommend Cytotec for pregnant women. This is because Cytotec has been known to cause rupture of the uterus, uterine hyperstimulation, severe vaginal bleeding and death. Many of the deaths that involve Cytotec are usually settle out of court; therefore, most of the public is unaware of them.
Why childbirth in U.S. hospitals is so expensive
The combination of synthetic drugs along with c-section are some of the reasons why giving birth in a U.S. hospital is so expensive compare to hospitals in other industrialized countries. Childbirth in the U.S. has been turned into a business in which babies are treated as products. The more babies are delivered, the more money U.S. hospitals can make. This is why U.S. hospitals encourage c-section and the use of synthetic drugs to induce labor. This method of using childbirth to make money is also spreading throughout the world.
To solve some of the expense problems and uncomfortable experiences during labor, hospitals need to stop allowing insurance and pharmaceutical companies to influence their decisions and start valuing their patients more than money. They also need to stop peer pressuring their patients and start listening to their needs.
Giving birth should be a joyful and spiritual experience. It should not be a fearful and drugged out experience that in the end puts parents in debt.
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