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The Business of Being Born -- The Business of Being Born explores the history of obstetrics, the history and function of midwives, and how many common medical practices may be doing new mothers more harm than good.
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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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A film about birthing at home; you will be surprised by what you see. See more (18 total) »

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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65 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
A film about birthing at home; you will be surprised by what you see., 29 July 2007
Author: shetreat from United States

This movie is terrific. I had my doubts when I learned it was produced by and starring Ricki Lake, I admit. But it is sensitive, interesting, intellectual, captivating, and incredibly moving. It was not manipulative, but by the end, the entire audience was in tears.

The most important thing about this film is that it shows the public what birth can be, for both the mother and baby. You see several homebirths, nothing too intimate (unless you consider the incredible post-birth high that somehow permeates the screen and affects the viewer, to be too close for comfort). No dilating vaginas or body fluids, sorry to disappoint. But what it does show is something that almost no one, especially not doctors (I am one), get to see. A natural birth with no intervention where things go right. Shocking! In my medical training, I attended hundreds of births. I probably saw one or two with no medical intervention in the hospital. My hospital birth was normal, with no problems, but I had interventions despite having told my OB (and mentor) that I didn't want any.

It does not idealize birth per se, except by showing how simple birth can be without medicalization. But the volunteers of this midwife to be filmed were not excluded if there is a problem; one of the births requires transfer so you see how that is handled as well.

The film educates people about the history of birth in this country, how things are done in other countries including Europe, and shows statistics about birth (there are more than they include in the medical literature) that will probably surprise a lot of people.

I wouldn't say that the film is about Ricki Lake. She shows up here and there, and yes, she gives birth, but there are so many women followed here, and so many experts in birth interviewed.

Dr. Michel Odent is one of them. He is a French OB/Gyn who attends homebirths. He has done considerable research on birthing, and has written multiple very intelligent books about it. He brings up the idea that when a rat or a monkey has an epidural or C/S, they will not bond with their babies. They will not breastfeed, they will not mother them, they do not care for them. There will be no natural hypothalamic oxytocin release, which causes a release of norepinephrine, dopamine, prolactin, serotonin, that prepares a woman not only to breastfeed but to bond. The oxytocin release in this situation will never be replicated, even if the women breastfeeds or does infant massage (which both do cause oxytocin release but not in the same amounts as if you start off with this kick-off). As breastfeeding lowers breast cancer rates in women in a dose related fashion, oxytocin release over time is associated with a certain calm, lower levels of stress, but actually is dose-related to lower levels of stroke and heart attack in the mothers. So it is a long-term benefit of natural birth. This is touched upon in the film, among many other interesting facts.

It is not surprising to discover that doing things the way women are created to do them benefits both the mother and baby in so many different ways. Part of why this movie is so important is that it challenges the notion that man-made is better than the intricate design of man from God or evolution or however you want to approach it. Many people may not subscribe to it when it is stated like that, but in the food we eat, the we feed our babies, the way we grow our food, the chemicals we use in the environment, and the way we birth our babies, we are saying that every single day.

Common sense says that man-made leaves a lot to be desired. Science is proving this every day, in research about omega-3 requirements in neurological and other conditions, in breastfeeding and oxytocin literature preventing cancer/heart attack and stroke, to the benefits of breastmilk for babies. This movie is a peek into how doing things as nature intended is BETTER.

I don't feel I am exaggerating when I say that this is one of the most important films of these times for both men and women. Everyone should see it. You may not decide to have a homebirth afterwards, but you will walk out better educated about birth and what is happening in the hospital when you give birth.

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