Anthropologist Vicki Elson explores media-generated myths about childbirth. As a childbirth educator for 25 years, she observes daily how our culture affects our birth experiences. In this film, she contrasts fiction with reality. The result is hilarious, engaging, and enlightening.Throughout the film, she compares Hollywood to reality and the impact that Hollywood has on our cultural perception and thus, expectations of childbearing.
Elson states that an average of 2/3 of pregnant women watch ER, movies, and other birth-specific shows, such as A Baby Story. Out of those women, only 1/4 will attend a childbirth class. Thus, for most women, the only childbirth education that they will receive is from Hollywood.
All in all, I would rate that this film is worth the watch and recommend it. It is funny, informative, and educational. A provocative piece that generates good discussion. But, the panel didn't answer my biggest question: "What is our plan to change this?" Any ideas?