The Business of Being Born
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This is a personal documentary tackling the controversial debate between at-home and hospital births in the United States. It contains hocking facts (illuminating to both men and women alike), regarding the historical and current practices of the child-birthing industry. The chronicle is interwoven with footage of married couples opting for home childbirth.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Important viewing for anyone contemplating a birth plan."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A powerful, frightening look at America's delivery room that makes a strong case for natural childbirth overseen by experienced midwives rather than by surgery-prone doctors."
‑ Tamara Straus, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Business of Being Born is Ricki Lake's passionate statement about natural birth and the health lobby's choke-hold over public perception."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Not a lot new about the U.S. obstetrics industry, but despite its faults, its arguments are worth bringing to a new generation of health providers and expectant parents."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Contending that America's mothers would be far better off if deliveries were taken out of the hands of obstetricians and hospitals, director/producer Abby Epstein and executive producer Ricki Lake will push buttons, but they won't jab them."
‑ Evan Henerson, Los Angeles Daily News
"Former talk show host Ricki Lake had her first baby in a hospital and came away with the need for a birth experience that was more empowering, with less medical intervention."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"Epstein's film is conveniently short on interviews with the millions of mothers who have had positive experiences delivering in hospitals."
‑ Sam Sweet, L.A. Weekly
"Full of surprises, including shocking stats about the high rate of infant mortality in America, prevalence and high cost of Cesarean deliveries and contextual presentation of Ricki Lake's home video of the delivery of her child."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"This movie really made me realize how cold and impersonal the hospital births really are. If I ever had another kid (first I need to find someone to sleep with me again) I would make my significant other watch this movie."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Director Abby Epstein is clearly biased in favor of home birth, but that doesn't make her case any less square."
‑ Michelle Orange, Reeler
""The Business of Being Born" is messy and amateurish but heartfelt and compelling."
‑ Nell Minow, Chicago Sun-Times
"Pregnant women -- and involved dads -- would be well advised to check out this provocative portrait."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"an effective glimpse into the need for personal research, and a solid argument for making informed choices."
‑ Rachel Gordon,
"Interviews with the mothers and footage of the birth process combine to offer intimate portraits of women preparing for and experiencing this natural phenomenon that has become increasingly mechanized."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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