The Business of Being Born

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The Business of Being Born
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Directed by Abby Epstein
Produced by Abby Epstein
Paulo Netto
Amy Slotnick
Ricki Lake
Music by Jason Moss (as Supersonic Music)
Andre Pluess
Cinematography Paulo Netto
Edited by Madeleine Gavin
Release date(s)
  • January 9, 2008 (2008-01-09)
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Business of Being Born is a 2008 documentary film that explores the contemporary experience of childbirth in the United States. Produced by Ricki Lake, it compares various childbirth methods, including midwives, natural births, epidurals, and Cesarean sections.[1] The film criticizes the American health care system with its emphasis on medicines and costly interventions and its view of childbirth as a medical emergency rather than a natural occurrence.[2]

The film documents actual home births and water births. They follow a midwife, Cara, in New York as she takes care of and attends several births. They then give the audience several statistics about our current birthing techniques and challenges today's doctors. Many experts are interviewed and they cite a multitude of reasons for these, such as the overuse of medical procedures in the interest of saving time.

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The DVD was released in the US on May 6, 2008 and soon after an international version was released.

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