Please join Birthing Hands of D.C. for a screening of the third film in the

“More Business of Being Born” film series.

 Saturday, November 19, 2011 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM Part 3 Explore Your Options: Doulas, Birth Centers and C-Sections.

This essential film offers birth-planning guidance around key topics such as the role of doulas (labor support specialists), the advantages of birth centers, and the alarming escalation of cesarean sections in the United States and Brazil.

Epstein and Lake talk to doulas about why their profession is currently booming and uncover why having a good doula can make-or-break the entire birth experience. They look at the ever-growing rates of c-sections, which have reached 50% in many US hospitals and more than 99% in some private hospitals in Brazil. How “safe” are these cesarean surgeries, and what are the health implications for the mothers and babies? “Explore Your Choices” also looks at the option to deliver in a birth center as a middle ground between the home and the hospital. Special features on this informative DVD include stars Alanis Morissette and Alyson Hannigan on the advantages of doulas, Christy Turlington Burns on her unexpected complications at a birth center, Molly Ringwald on how she avoided a cesarean birth with her twins and Gisele Bundchen and Michelle Alves on the cesarean epidemic in their native Brazil.

Panel Discussion and Q&A Following the film there will be a panel discussion with local doulas and the midwives of the Nova Natural Birth Center. Emergence Community Arts Collective 733 Euclid Street, NW, Washington, DC

TICKETS ONLINE ONLY: All tickets must be purchased in advance on the web through the MBoBB website:

 No tickets will be on sale at the door.

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