The Business Of Being Born

The Business Of Being Born Release Date: January 9, 2008

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?

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Starring: Mary Helen AyresTina CassidyPatricia BurkhardtMichael BrodmanLouann BrizendineEugene DeclerqSylvie BlausteinRobbie Davis-FloydJulia Barnett TracyRonaldo Cortes
Genres: Documentary
Directed By: Abby Epstein
Runtime: 87 minutes
Studio: ICir
MPAA Rating Unrated