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The Business of Being Born (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 9 January 2008 (USA)
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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. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her ... See full summary »

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Abby Epstein
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Credited cast:
Mary Helen Ayres Mary Helen Ayres ... Self - Homebirth Midwife in Indiana
Julia Barnett ... Self - Parent (as Julia Barnett Tracy)
Sylvie Blaustein Sylvie Blaustein ... Self - Owner & Director, Midwifery of Manhattan
Louann Brizendine Louann Brizendine ... Self
Michael Brodman Michael Brodman ... Self
Patricia Burkhardt Patricia Burkhardt ... Self
Tina Cassidy ... Self - Journalist and Author of 'Birth'
Ronaldo Cortes Ronaldo Cortes ... Self - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Ronaldo Cortes)
Robbie Davis-Floyd Robbie Davis-Floyd ... Self - Medical Anthropologist
Eugene Declerq Eugene Declerq ... Self
Abby Epstein ... Self - Filmmaker
Eden Fromberg Eden Fromberg ... Self - Ob / Gyn (as Dr. Eden Fromberg)
Natashia Fuksman Natashia Fuksman ... Self - Doula (Labor Support)
Ina May Gaskin ... Self - Midwife
Nadine Goodman Nadine Goodman ... Self - Public Health Specialist
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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. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to explore the maternity care system in America. Focusing on New York City, the film reveals that there is much to distrust behind hospital doors and follows several couples who decide to give birth on their own terms. There is an unexpected turn when director Epstein not only discovers she is pregnant, but finds the life of her child on the line. Should birth be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potential medical emergency?

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The Rendezvous
Written by Edward Bilous
Published by Existential Arts
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Very one-sided view
22 December 2013 | by shushanaSee all my reviews

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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9 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,574, 13 January 2008

Gross USA:

$69,991

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,991
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