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Ricki Lake on Leaving Behind Her Talk Show and Producing Films That Matter

21 July 2015 7:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Bond/360 Acquires Birthing Documentary 'The Mama Sherpas' Ricki Lake, frequent star of John Waters' films -- most notably the original "Hairspray" -- and successful daytime talk show host, has gone through a major career shift since leaving her spot on television, refocusing her attention on producing documentaries about women's reproductive issues, including childbirth and birth control. Starting with her best friend Abby Epstein's "The Business of Being Born," Lake has used her name to bring attention to topics that mean something to her.  After having her own experiences with alternative birthing options, Lake began her producing journey. Her latest project, executive producing Brigid Maher's "The Mama Sherpas," sees Lake working on a film that focuses on midwives and their involvement with births, both in private facilities and in hospital settings. Soon, Lake will being working on "Sweetening the Pill," a documentary »

- Kaeli Van Cott

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Stacy Keibler Talks 19-Hour Labor, Natural Home Birth of Daughter Ava: "I Felt Like We Went to War Together"

6 July 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Before Stacy Keibler and husband Jared Pobre welcomed daughter Ava Grace last August, they didn't really know what to expect. To help prepare for labor and delivery, the first-time parents-to-be watched Ricki Lake's 2008 documentary, The Business of Being Born, and the film "changed everything for my husband and me," Stacy wrote in a blog post Monday. "When I was pregnant, I did concurrent care with both my Ob-gyn and midwife because I wanted to compare the journey," Stacy wrote. "I concluded that there was no doubt that I wanted to have a home birth with no medication." Daughter Ava was born "late" according to the couple's Ob-gyn, but as Stacy »

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Ricki Lake Takes on Birth Control, Big Pharma: ‘We’re Meeting Women Who Came Very Close to Death’

10 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Former syndicated talk show host and Emmy award winner Ricki Lake has been a pioneering indie filmmaker focusing on women’s issues for nearly a decade. Her 2008 documentary “The Business of Being Born,” about the benefits of home-birthing over hospitalization, is a must-see in modern women’s medicine, as well as an early hit at the dawn of streaming. Lake and filmmaker Abby Epstein spoke with TheWrap about their next film project, based on the book “Sweeting the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control,” and it’s premise, the increasing toxicity of modern birth control, as well as the advances Silicon. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Bond/360 Acquires Birthing Documentary 'The Mama Sherpas'

23 April 2015 12:56 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Just in Time for Mother's Day: Cavu Pictures to Release 'Breastmilk' Into Theaters Bond/360 has acquired new documentary "The Mama Sherpas," executive produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein ("The Business of Being Born"). Directed by Brigid Maher ("Veiled Voices"), the documentary takes a look inside the collaborative practices of midwives and doctors, and the growing evolution of birth perceptions across the country. The film provides a window into the intimate lives of those midwives working within the hospital system.  The documentary focuses on a big shift in the birthing industry: an increased number of Caesarean sections. Recently, the idea of "collaborative care" for a pregnant woman, during which doctors and midwives work together, has become more popular. Research shows that these care models produce better results for both mothers and their children.   “We were thrilled to discover Brigid Maher's »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Season finale review: 'Girls' - 'Home Birth': Lean in

23 March 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of last night's "Girls" season finale coming up just as soon as it's pretty legal to self-doula... Late in "Home Birth," Hannah stands in the Nicu peering down at her partial namesake, Jessa-Hannah Bluebell Poem Schlesinger Sackler, and tries to impart some wisdom about being alive. "Life, man," she says, "I can't guarantee perfection, but I can guarantee intrigue." That's not only an accurate description of our time on this earth, but of this season of "Girls," which offered plenty of intrigue — along with strong comedy and poignant character moments — while feeling decidedly imperfect for various pacing issues I wrote about last week. Servicing the whole ensemble and making sure character arcs play out properly over the course of a season have never been strengths of this series, but the issues felt more acute throughout this year, and throughout this finale. I liked an awful lot of both, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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