Birth In America: Expensive & Risky
Summary: Learn about the scary and expensive world of pregnancy and birth, where greater cost does not equal better outcomes.She's Back! Investigative journalist and The Business Of Baby author, Jennifer Margulis, is back discussing the scary and expensive world of pregnancy and birth, where greater cost does not equal better outcomes. Not only that, but just try to get a price for a typical birth from your hospital and insurer. Fact: The cost of giving birth in the U.S. is more than twice that of any other industrialized nation, including Switzerland, France and Britain. Fact: The U.S. infant mortality rate (death) is the highest in the world among leading industrialized nations. The reasons for this are complicated, but Margulis contends that birth in America is viewed as a medical problem needing intervention vs. a natural occurrence that needs little (if any) help from medical staff. The Business of Baby, an eye-opening work of investigative journalism, exposes how our current cultural practices during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby's life are not based on the best evidence or the most modern science... revealing how American moms and their babies are being undermined by corporate interests.