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?

Duration
2 min 32 sec

Views
14,665

Posted On
January 10, 2008
Director
Abby Epstein

Writer
Unknown or Not Available

Studio
IFC Films

Release
January 9, 2008
Cast
Ricki Lake
Cara Muhlhahn
Dr. Michel Odent
Dr. Marsden Wagner
Elan Vital McAllister
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