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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)
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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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USA:87 min
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Biased, but very informative and thought-provoking!, 19 June 2013
Author: TinyDanseur27 from United States

The Business of Being Born is about birth procedure in the United States today, specifically regarding home births in contrast to hospital births. According to the documentary, these days 99% of births in the United States happen in hospitals. Most women don't even know about their options to have home births or even what a midwife is. Interviews with several birth specialists concluded that this is in fact a travesty, that the rushed, drug-infused deliveries that doctors are pushing on women these days is actually contributing to the United States having one of the highest infant and women mortality rates in any developed country in the world. Host, Ricki Lake and just about every person interviewed in the documentary really pushed women to consider natural home births with midwives. Obviously, this documentary was very biased towards one point of view. Regardless, it really got me thinking about birth and about the questions I should ask if and when I have a baby.

The documentary showed four or five home births on camera. Sure, they were gross but what was nice about them was that they didn't look so frightening. Any time you see a birth scene in a movie, the woman is typically screaming her head off and many times complications arise and interventions are made. The home births made having a baby look like this super happy, empowering thing (and painful of course but I guess that goes without saying). The women were able to have their babies in their own homes on their own terms without having anyone make suggestions that they take drugs or induce.

Of course there are times when those things are needed. I'm not trying to downplay the value of hospitals when it comes to having a baby. Hospitals can provide services that midwives cannot. I just think that it's good to at least think about. Assuming your pregnancy is low-risk, why not try it? I don't know about anyone else, but personally I don't really feel comfortable in hospitals.

I'm a long way off from having to make these kinds of decisions. Who knows if and when I'll even have children. I'm glad I saw The Business of Being Born though. It gave me a lot to think about and really reminded me of the importance of doing research and developing your own birthing plan.

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