The Business of Being Born

May 4, 2008

Ricki Lake has made a birth related documentary Movie called the Business of Being Born.

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?

Watch the trailer here:

The below link is to watch the whole documentary for free (1h24m).

It is about America, but it closely parallels the recent trends in SA.

Do yourself a favour and check it out for yourself. Loads of food for thought!

The Business of Being Born is a joy to watch—engaging, funny, extremely enlightening, and yes, disturbing—just as childbirth has become so disturbing. It is a kind of film that will get through to women and men in ways others have not—perfect for our culture right now.”
Kyndal – Boise, ID