the BUSINESS of being born

5 05 2010

1 out of every 3 women today have a C-Section.

In 1966 95% of births were home births.
By 2001 it was 45%.
And in 2005 – current it’s down to 1%.

Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth is also big business.

Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to 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?



Click here to purchase the DVD.


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