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  • The Business of Being Born (2008)
  • Not Rated
    87 min | Documentary
The Business of Being Born (2008)
Not Rated
87 min | Documentary

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 ...See moreBirth: 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 explore the maternity care system in America. Focusing on New York City, the film reveals that there is much to distrust behind hospital doors and follows several couples who decide to give birth on their own terms. There is an unexpected turn when director Epstein not only discovers she is pregnant, but finds the life of her child on the line. Should birth be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potential medical emergency? See less
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Jason Moss (as Supersonic Music) | Andre Pluess
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Release date
Jan 9, 2008 (United States)

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38 cast members
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Mary Helen Ayres
Self - Homebirth Midwife in Indiana Self - Homebirth Midwife in Indiana   See fewer
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Julia Barnett
Self - Parent (as Julia Barnett Tracy) Self - Parent (as Julia Barnett Tracy)   See fewer
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Sylvie Blaustein
Self - Owner & Director, Midwifery of Manhattan Self - Owner & Director, Midwifery of Manhattan   See fewer
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Tina Cassidy
Self - Journalist and Author of 'Birth' Self - Journalist and Author of 'Birth'   See fewer
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Ronaldo Cortes
Self - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Ronaldo Cortes) Self - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Ronaldo Cortes)   See fewer
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Robbie Davis-Floyd
Self - Medical Anthropologist Self - Medical Anthropologist   See fewer
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Abby Epstein
Self - Filmmaker Self - Filmmaker   See fewer
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Eden Fromberg
Self - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Eden Fromberg) Self - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Eden Fromberg)   See fewer
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Natashia Fuksman
Self - Doula (Labor Support) Self - Doula (Labor Support)   See fewer
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Ina May Gaskin
Self - Midwife Self - Midwife   See fewer
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Nadine Goodman
Self - Public Health Specialist Self - Public Health Specialist   See fewer
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Carolyn Havens Neimann
Self - Curtified Nurse Midwife Self - Curtified Nurse Midwife   See fewer
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Susan Hodges
Self - President, Citizens for Midwifery Self - President, Citizens for Midwifery   See fewer
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Gregor Huebner
Self - Parent Self - Parent   See fewer
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La Juana Huebner
Self - Parent Self - Parent   See fewer
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Ricki Lake
Self - Actress and Producer Self - Actress and Producer   See fewer
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Carol Leonard
Self - Certified Midwife, Owner, Longmeadow Farm Birthing Center Self - Certified Midwife, Owner, Longmeadow Farm Birthing Center   See fewer
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Heloisa Lessa
Hersef - Nurse Midwife Hersef - Nurse Midwife   See fewer
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Ana Paula Markel
Self - Childbirth Educator Self - Childbirth Educator   See fewer
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Elan V. McAllister
Self (as Elan Vital McAllister) Self (as Elan Vital McAllister)   See fewer
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Jacques Moritz
Self (as Dr. Jacques Moritz) Self (as Dr. Jacques Moritz)   See fewer
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Cara Muhlhahn
Self - Certified Nurse Midwife Self - Certified Nurse Midwife   See fewer
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Paulo Netto
Self - Abby's Boyfriend & Filmmaker Self - Abby's Boyfriend & Filmmaker   See fewer
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Michel Odent
Self - Ob / Gyn & Researcher (as Dr. Michel Odent) Self - Ob / Gyn & Researcher (as Dr. Michel Odent)   See fewer
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Florencia Polite
Self - Ob / Gyn, NYU Hospital (as Dr. Florencia Polite) Self - Ob / Gyn, NYU Hospital (as Dr. Florencia Polite)   See fewer
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David Radzinski
Self - Parent Self - Parent   See fewer
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Neal Rosenblum
Self - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Neal Rosenblum) Self - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Neal Rosenblum)   See fewer
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Michael Silverstein
Self - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Michael Silverstein) Self - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Michael Silverstein)   See fewer
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Dr. Catherine K. Tanksley-Bowe
Self - Midwife (as Catherine Tanksley) Self - Midwife (as Catherine Tanksley)   See fewer
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Van Tracy
Self - Parent Self - Parent   See fewer
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Mayra Vazquez
Self - Parent (as Mayra Radzinski) Self - Parent (as Mayra Radzinski)   See fewer
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Anna Verwaal
Self - RN and Doula (Labor Support) Self - RN and Doula (Labor Support)   See fewer
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Marsden Wagner
Self (as Dr. Marsden Wagner) Self (as Dr. Marsden Wagner)   See fewer
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Abbe Wain
Self - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Abbe Wain) Self - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Abbe Wain)   See fewer
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7.3 / 10 | 1,376 votes