• The Business of Being Born (2008)

The Business of Being Born

Release Date: January 9th, 2008

DVD Release Date: May 6th, 2008

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 27 min

Plot Summary

This documentary, directed by Abby Epstein, examines the ways that the American health care system approaches childbirth. The traditional form of U.S. birth involves hospitals, drugs and obstetricians, while births in many other countries utilize midwives. Interviews with parents and medical experts explain the realities of maternity care. When Epstein discovers that she is pregnant herself, the discussion becomes less theoretical, as she must decide which form of birthing she will employ.

Cast: Ricki Lake

Director: Abby Epstein

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: 2000s , Father , Hospital , Mother , New York City , Doctor , Quest , Fascinating ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A powerful, frightening look at America's delivery room. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonaghTV Guide Magazine

    It's a serious and well-researched consideration of natural childbearing vs. hospital delivery that explores the larger social conditions and assumptions that shape women's choices. show more

  • 75
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    Passionate, enlightening and unabashedly one-sided, Abby Epstein's documentary is not for everyone. But at the very least, it should be seen by every pregnant woman in America. show more

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