The Business of Being Born
The Business of Being Born (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 9, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Epstein's argument in favor of home birthing is certainly biased -- but its biases are so transparent, and so impassioned, that they work in the film's favor.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Important viewing for anyone contemplating a birth plan.

Tamara Straus
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

The Business of Being Born is Ricki Lake's passionate statement about natural birth and the health lobby's choke-hold over public perception.

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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Sam Sweet
L.A. Weekly

Epstein's film is conveniently short on interviews with the millions of mothers who have had positive experiences delivering in hospitals.

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Jennifer Merin

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.

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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times

"The Business of Being Born" is messy and amateurish but heartfelt and compelling.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Pregnant women -- and involved dads -- would be well advised to check out this provocative portrait.

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Rachel Gordon

an effective glimpse into the need for personal research, and a solid argument for making informed choices.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A comprehensive documentary on the business structure and the medical justifications behind the view of birth in the United States, this film is not only well… More
Leigh Ryan
Very eye-opening. Wonderfully done.
Reid Volk
While a good source of information, this documentary is terribly put together. The director doesn't even attempt to make the documentary at least feel fair… More
Daniel Hetteix
The first half constitutes an interesting and highly important documentary / public service announcement. The second half, for better or for worse, loses the… More
Curtis Lilly
Wow. This movie makes me so glad I don't have to have kids. I'm already a fan of natural birth and a opponent of most of the medical profession, but… More
Mark Abell
An incredible, life-affirming documentary about the birthing process. It will shock and anger the viewer, citing statistics that only point out how truly broken… More

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