Inspired by her own experience, actress Ricki Lake approached filmmaker Abby Epstein to collaborate on a film that would examine birth culture in America and ask questions about the way American women have babies.
Footage of women having babies punctuates THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN; Each experience is unique; all are equally beautiful and equally surprising. Giving birth is clearly the most physically challenging event these women have ever gone through, but it is also the most emotionally rewarding.
Along the way, Epstein conducts interviews with a number of obstetricians, experts and advocates about the history, culture and economics of childbirth. The film’s fundamental question: should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every birth be treated as a potential medical emergency?
As Epstein uncovers some surprising answers, her own pregnancy adds a very personal dimension to THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN, a must-see movie for anyone even thinking about having a baby!
The screening of this film has been planned to co-ordinate with the launch of the next phase of the campaign to save independent midwifery in the UK. Women need to know that this ‘gold standard’ of care should be one of their options in pregnancy and this film will give them the confidence to ask for it.
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