We had our screening today. Overall, a HUGE success. I even got on the news! We had about 45 people in attendance, among them two med students, a nurse, an anesthesiologist and an OB. After the film itself, we had a panel discussion, and I was the midwife on the panel. We had several good questions and discussion points. The OB stood up and seemed a bit defensive, saying things like that we should not count ALL cesareans in the c-section rate, only primary sections (that makes sense how?) and that obstetrics is the way it is because women demand it. That women don't know and don't want to know about natural birth. I talked about the differences between the midwifery model of care and the medical model of care, and how women are not being well served by the medical model.
As for the movie. The first time I saw it, I was disappointed. I didn't like it. I felt it was somewhat disjointed and ended on the downer note of a c-section. Watching it today I liked it better. I have the same criticisms of many midwives -- one of the midwives doesn't wear gloves, they appear to be attempting to have a 35 week small for gestational age baby at home, etc. But I felt it was a good look at what is wrong with obstetrics today and a good demonstration of the different models of care.