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The Business of Being Born

Release Date: January 9, 2008 (NY, Jan. 16 LA)
Studio: Red Envelope Entertainment, International Film Circuit
Director: Abby Epstein
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Ricki Lake, Cara Muhlhahn, Dr. Michel Odent, Dr. Marsden Wagner, Elan Vital McAllister
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
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Plot Summary: 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 examine and 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?

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