The business of being born

"Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth is also big business. Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to question the way American women have babies. The film interlaces intima...

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Corporate Authors: Red Envelope Entertainment (Firm)
Ample Productions (Firm)

Barranca Productions (Firm)

New Line Home Entertainment (Firm)
Other Authors: Epstein, Abby. (Director, Producer)
Slotnick, Amy.
(Producer)

Netto, Paulo.
(Producer, Cinematographer)

Lake, Ricki.
(Producer)

Gavin, Madeleine.
(Film editor)

Pluess, André.
(Composer)
Format: Movie DVD
Language:English
Spanish
Published:[Burbank, Calif.] : New Line Home Entertainment, c2008.
Edition:Widescreen format (1.78:1).
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Summary:"Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth is also big business. Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to question the way American women have babies. The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal. Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency?" -- Official website.

Inspired by their own unique birth experiences, producer Ricki Lake and director Abby Epstein team up to provide a nation of mothers-to-be with insight into the process of childbirth and the various options available when preparing for life's most special event.

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Language Notes:In English, with optional Spanish subtitles.
Closed-captioned.
General Notes:Originally produced as a motion picture in 2007.
Special features: 10 additional scenes; trailer (3 min.).
Physical Description:1 videodisc (84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Credits:Director of photography, Paulo Netto ; edited by Madeleine Gavin ; original music by Andre Pluess, Supersonic Music.
Performer:With Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein.
System Details:DVD, region 1; Dolby digital stereo surround.
Audience:Not rated by the MPAA.
Awards:Tribeca Film Festival 2007, official selection ; Palm Springs Film Festival 2008, official selection.
Production Credits:Director of photography, Paulo Netto ; edited by Madeleine Gavin ; original music by Andre Pluess, Supersonic Music.
ISBN:0780680200
9780780680203