From executive producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born) comes The Mama Sherpas, a documentary film about the growing shift in the birth industry and the increasing role of midwives working alongside doctors in hospitals to ensure women can have the best and safest birth possible. This important and topical documentary film takes a close look at the shockingly high rise of Caesarean sections in the United States (currently at over 30% in America) and ponders if midwives may be the solution. The film helps to inform families about “collaborative care,” a practice in which doctors and midwives manage women’s care together in an effort to not only produce better outcomes for mother and baby, but help prevent unnecessary C-sections. As the filmmakers point out, the rate of unnecessary C-sections is dangerously high in the U.S. right now, so making this movie is more urgent than ever for expecting mamas and their families who want a safer, more natural birth situation. Check for a screening near you or order the movie on DVD.

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