But just in case you're new or don't remember, TBOBB is a documentary by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein about birthing in America.
If you're pregnant, it's must-watch. If you're not pregnant, IT'S MUST-WATCH.
Watch it if you're a guy, watch it if you're a doctor, watch it if you know anyone who's ever going to give birth someday. It's fascinating and eye-opening and educational.
But that's not what I want to tell you about tonight.
Tonight I want to tell you about More Business of Being Born!
MBOBB is a four-part follow-up series to the original documentary. Part One focuses on legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin, and is filmed largely at her birthing compound, The Farm-- which, having just finished reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, I was absolutely fascinated to see.
Part Two is all celebrities telling their birth stories. Now, famous or not, I am all about hearing birth stories. If I could walk up to random women at the grocery store and ask them to tell me their birth stories, I would. Some women had natural births, others had epidurals, and at least one had a C-section.
Part Three covers the difference between midwives and doulas; hospital birth centers vs. free-standing birth centers; and the potential risks of inductions and C-sections.
Part Four is all about VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). I haven't watched it yet, since it's not applicable to me, but I'll certainly watch it at some point. I have no doubt that it's enlightening and interesting.
If I weren't so busy with the exhausing business of being pregnant, I'd write something more analytical and incisive about it all. Instead, I'll just say: check it out.
The Business of Being Born is currently available on Netflix. I rented More Business of Being Born on Apple TV.