About the Documentary: Birth: it’s a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to examine and question the way American women have babies. The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal. Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency?

You can find more information:  The Business of Being Born, Southern Mamas

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Choices In Childbirth: 212.983.4122 – www.choicesinchildbirth.org

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Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) – www.motherfriendly.org


Birthing from Within: 505.254.4884 – www.birthingfromwithin.com

The Bradley Method: 800.4.A.BIRTH – www.bradleybirth.com

Lamaze International: 800.368.4404 – www.lamaze.org

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American College of Nurse-Midwives: 240.485.1800 – www.acnm.org

Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA)  888.923.MANA (6262) – www.mana.org


Assoc. of Labor Assistants & Childbirth Educators (ALACE): 888.222.5223 – www.alace.org

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