After experiencing both a hospital and home birth, Ricki Lake felt a strong desire to share her experiences with others which ranged from feelings of vulnerability and fear during her hospital birth to those of elation and security during her home birth. The new documentary The Business of Being Born, produced by Ricki Lake and directed by Abby Epstein, takes a look at America's maternity care system and sheds light on how America views the birthing process.
For many women, the birthing process is something they feel should have medical intervention while at the other end of the spectrum there is growing number of women who choose a more natural approach towards birth and select to have their children at home. Lake and Epstein interviewed countless mothers, midwives, obstetricians and share statistics and facts about home and hospitals births.
The film also shows many mothers sharing their birth stories and asks, "Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency?" Whether you already have children, are currently pregnant or are even thinking about starting a family, The Business of Being Born should be on your "must see" list.
The film is being released in select theaters this month, and will be available on Netflix in February.