Born in the U.S.A.

The birthing industry in America explores shifting beliefs about women, technology, and the perceived ability to control natural events.

Independent Lens
Premiere Date
October 1, 2000
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2000 Berkeley Video and Film Festival- Grand Festival Award for Best Investigative Documentary
  • Producer

    Marcia Jarmel

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    Ken Schneider

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    The Film

    Three out of every four Americans becomes a parent, yet most of us have never really considered what having a “normal” birth means. How much technology is appropriate for most women? Is the full range of safe options available, and to whom? How do we decide what is best for us? Born in the U.S.A. explores the landscape of current maternity care through the eyes of three caregivers: an obstetrician working at a teaching hospital, a licensed midwife attending home births, and a certified nurse-midwife bridging both worlds in an urban, out-of-hospital birth center. This provocative film raises questions about technology, safety, quality of care, and current childbirth practices in America.