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Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

 
Mary Helen Ayres ... Herself - Homebirth Midwife in Indiana

Julia Barnett ... Herself - Parent (as Julia Barnett Tracy)
Sylvie Blaustein ... Herself - Owner & Director, Midwifery of Manhattan
Louann Brizendine ... Herself
Michael Brodman ... Himself
Patricia Burkhardt ... Herself
Tina Cassidy ... Herself - Journalist and Author of 'Birth'
Ronaldo Cortes ... Himself - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Ronaldo Cortes)
Robbie Davis-Floyd ... Herself - Medical Anthropologist
Eugene Declerq ... Himself

Abby Epstein ... Herself - Filmmaker
Eden Fromberg ... Herself - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Eden Fromberg)
Natashia Fuksman ... Herself - Doula (Labor Support)
Ina May Gaskin ... Herself - Midwife
Nadine Goodman ... Herself - Public Health Specialist
Carolyn Havens Neimann ... Herself - Curtified Nurse Midwife
Susan Hodges ... Herself - President, Citizens for Midwifery
Gregor Huebner ... Himself - Parent
La Juana Huebner ... Herself - Parent

Ricki Lake ... erself - Actress and Producer
Carol Leonard ... Herself - Certified Midwife, Owner, Longmeadow Farm Birthing Center
Heloisa Lessa ... Hersef - Nurse Midwife
Ana Paula Markel ... Herself - Childbirth Educator
Elan V. McAllister ... Herself (as Elan Vital McAllister)
Jacques Moritz ... Himself (as Dr. Jacques Moritz)
Cara Muhlhahn ... Herself - Certified Nurse Midwife
Paulo Netto ... Himself - Abby's Boyfriend & Filmmaker
Michel Odent ... Himself - Ob / Gyn & Researcher (as Dr. Michel Odent)
Florencia Polite ... Herself - Ob / Gyn, NYU Hospital (as Dr. Florencia Polite)
David Radzinski ... Himself - Parent
Neal Rosenblum ... Himself - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Neal Rosenblum)
Michael Silverstein ... Himself - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Michael Silverstein)
Catherine Tanksley ... Herself - Midwife
Van Tracy ... Himself - Parent

Mayra Vazquez ... Herself - Parent (as Mayra Radzinski)
Anna Verwaal ... Herself - RN and Doula (Labor Support)
Marsden Wagner ... Himself (as Dr. Marsden Wagner)
Abbe Wain ... Herself - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Abbe Wain)

Directed by
Abby Epstein 
 
Produced by
Abby Epstein .... producer
Ricki Lake .... executive producer
Paulo Netto .... producer
Amy Slotnick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jason Moss  (as Supersonic Music)
Andre Pluess 
 
Cinematography by
Paulo Netto 
 
Film Editing by
Madeleine Gavin 
 
Production Management
Amy Slotnick .... post-production supervisor
 
Art Department
Preeti Belosay .... graphic artist
 
Sound Department
John D'Aquino .... additional sound recordist
Fredrick Helm .... additional sound recordist (as Fred Helm)
Matt Israel .... sound mixer (as Matthew Israel)
Lukasz Janik .... additional sound recordist (as Lucasz Janik)
Jesse Malings .... additional sound recordist
Eric Milano .... sound editor
Tom Paul .... sound designer
Tom Paul .... sound re-recording mixer
Kipjaz Savoie .... additional sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Epstein .... additional photographer
Madeleine Gavin .... additional photographer
Nate Kraxberger .... additional photographer
Lucas Loureiro .... additional photographer
Jesse Malings .... additional photographer
Jenna Rosher .... additional photographer
Jenna Rosher .... camera operator
Jeanny Tsai .... second camera operator
 
Animation Department
Jim McDonald .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Jon Fordham .... color timer
Jon Fordham .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Kim Blackburn Bowen .... music legal services
Gregor Huebner .... composer: additional music
Qasim Naqvi .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Sara Bader .... researcher
Celia Black .... publicist
Josh Braun .... distribution advisor: Submarine Entertainment
Eugene Declerq .... research consultant
Joe Farrell .... production assistant
John Kazlauskas .... researcher
Lucas Loureiro .... production assistant
Amy Slotnick .... researcher
Kelly Dean Smith .... production assistant
Philip J. Strina .... business & legal affairs: New Line Cinema
 
Thanks
Rebecca Benghiat .... special thanks
Sylvie Blaustein .... special thanks
Howard Borris .... special thanks
Rafael Cambraia .... special thanks
Melanie Comer .... special thanks
Orlando Contes .... special thanks
Marie Da Silva .... special thanks
Jeffrey Epstein .... special thanks
Renee Epstein .... special thanks
Gretchen Farrell .... special thanks
Joely Fisher .... special thanks
Sofie Gavin-Melamed .... special thanks
Neal Gorman .... special thanks
Teresa Sartorio Guaraciaba .... special thanks
Janice Guild .... special thanks
Doug Jacobson .... special thanks
Ross Kauffman .... special thanks
Kamila Saliba Lessa .... special thanks
Vincent Longo .... special thanks
Ana Paula Markel .... special thanks
Hitome Matarese .... special thanks
Cynthia McKie-Addy .... special thanks
Jordan Melamed .... special thanks
Jason Moss .... special thanks
Lisa Palattella .... special thanks
James D. Scurlock .... special thanks
Amanda Segilia .... special thanks
Delphine Selles-Alvarez .... special thanks
Wendy Shanker .... special thanks
Kurt Skonberg .... special thanks
Milo Sussman .... special thanks
Owen Sussman .... special thanks
Rob Sussman .... special thanks
Laura Zeidenstein .... special thanks
 

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Very one-sided view, 22 December 2013
Author: S K from United States

This movie gives very one-sided view of everything. Actually watching it persuaded me even more - I'll give birth only at a hospital with an epidural. No other way. They wanted to show that natural birth is "good and peaceful", and at the same time were showing women screaming from pain and telling in the interviews that it was so painful, that they thought to give up and go to the hospital. So, why on earth would you go through it? Just to prove to yourself that you can do that? To "punish" the U.S. medical system? I didn't see the deep reason behind it in the movie.

Now about all the talks how bad medical system in the U.S. is for women and babies, and that in all other countries midwives are actively participating in birth, but not in the U.S. I would say to those ladies - go to former USSR countries and give birth there - with a midwife at a regular birth center, and see how "peaceful" it is, before saying that delivering in U.S. hospitals is hell.

My mom went through 5 natural deliveries, she didn't have any other alternatives. When I told her about an epidural, and that there still are women who would prefer natural delivery, she was shocked, that having that option, women still would opt to go through that pain and hell. Of course, it's a choice of every woman to deliver the way she wants, but this movie was not trying to give an option, it was trying to persuade that natural delivery is the only way to go.

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