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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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Informative? Yes. Entertaining? (Yawn!) See more (17 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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6 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Informative? Yes. Entertaining? (Yawn!), 31 January 2009
Author: fwomp from United States

Informative? Sure. Gives a new perspective on a broken system? Definitely. Entertaining? Er ...not really.

After talk-show host Ricki Lake experienced a bad childbirth in-hospital, she decided to try a midwife, and thus THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN was ...um ...birthed. I can't help but think that some of this (not all) was a ploy by Lake to put herself back in the public eye; specifically, the movie industry. Although this is strictly a documentary, and other actors support various causes (from freeing Darfur to Tibetan independence), this one felt a bit more forced.

The reason I say this is that the entire documentary was exceptionally boring and exceptionally lopsided. I work in the medical field (as an RN) but not in an Obstetrics setting. I can, however, vouch for the terrible cost of healthcare and some of the impersonalness of those giving it (as this documentary pointed out). I've heard doctors talking about "tee times" on the golf course and the need to "get home by dinner," so time is a big factor for physicians (the film pointed out that C-section deliveries peek at 4pm — just prior to dinnertime — and again at 10pm — so doctors can get home to bed). Be damned whether the patient needs a C-section or not, doctors force the decision so that they can "get on with their lives." Cut and run! Even with its interesting take on the care of OB/Gyn patients in the U.S., the film never delves outside of the States even though certain statistics are presented (including telling us that the infant mortality rate in the U.S. is one of the highest amongst developed countries). I would've liked to have seen at least one interview with a Japanese midwife or a European midwife, and have them show us how their system works. But we're never give the opportunity to see this for ourselves.

The boring nature of the film is that it never really finds its focus. Although the title of it is The Business of Being Born, it focused more on the plight of midwives and their care of expectant mothers at home or in midwife clinics. We drive around with midwives, trot down the road with midwives, listen to midwives talk on the phone to patients, and get to watch a couple of in-home births. Then we start the entire process over again.

And there's also a brief and confusing stint in which we learn one of the film's producers is pregnant and trying to decide on prenatal care.

All-in-all it's an informative story, but one that might cause a few too many yawns.

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