Ricki Lake Debuts ‘More Business Of Being Born’

Executive Producer Ricki Lake and filmmaker Abby Epstein follow their landmark documentary, The Business of Being Born, with an all-new, four part DVD series that continues their exploration of the modern maternity care system. More Business of Being Born, available on November 8, offers a practical look at birthing options as well as poignant celebrity birth stories from stars including Alanis Morissette, Gisele Bündchen, Christy Turlington-Burns, Cindy Crawford, Molly Ringwald, Laila Ali, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Melissa Joan Hart.

Ricki opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her provocative new films that are “continuing to have a major impact on the way women view childbirth,” her 10-year-old son Owen‘s “star” performance in The Business of Being Born, and her “unbelievably demanding” schedule alongside dance partner Derek Hough on TV’s Dancing with the Stars.

CBS: We loved The Business of Being Born! Tell us what we can expect in More Business of Being Born, available on November 8.

RL: “We’ve got four great new films and each one offers something different. Special Deliveries features intimate birth stories from amazing women like Cindy Crawford, Alanis Morissette, Gisele Bündchen, Alyson Hannigan, Christy Turlington, and more.

Explore Your Options has tons of great information about doulas, birth centers, inductions and cesareans. Down on the Farm is about our trip to Tennessee to hang out with legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin and The VBAC Dilemma is all about vaginal birth after cesarean.”

CBS: Why did you decide to do a follow-up to Business of Being Born?

RL: “We realized that The Business of Being Born is continuing to have a major impact on the way women view childbirth. And after we researched and published our birth planning book Your Best Birth, it was clear that there were still so many basic questions out there. So we kept on filming!”

CBS: Since creating Business of Being Born, what kind of feedback have you received from the midwifery community? What about the community at large?

RL: “The midwives have been so appreciative of The Business of Being Born because they deserve so much more credit than they receive! Mostly we receive a lot of ‘thank you’s’ from women and doulas and midwives for showing another side of birthing.”

CBS: Do you think you missed your calling to be a midwife or a doula?

RL: “I am a doula, although I didn’t finish the training. I have attended several births, but as much as I love it – I am not sure I would want myself as a doula!”

CBS: Does your son Owen know that he was a big part of The Business of Being Born? If so, what does he think about his starring role? Has he watched the video of his birth?

RL: “Oh sure! He wrote me a letter a few years ago that said, ‘Mommy, thank you for letting me be born in the bathtub and for making me the star of the movie.’ ”

CBS: How are things going over at Dancing with the Stars? What have you got in store for your fans in the coming episodes?

RL: “It’s been a blast! Derek and I have some great dances coming up but the rehearsal schedule is unbelievably demanding. I have so much respect for these professional dancers and what their bodies can do.”

CBS: What’s up next for you?

RL: “Ice packs and Epsom salts!”

More Business of Being Born arrives on DVD on November 8.

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  • Anon

    I gave birth to both of my sons at home with a midwife 22 years ago. Not everyone is SO “uninformed”that they need some celebrity to make a video to tell women how it’s done. We have been doing it long before Ricki Lake was born!

    • Janna

      You couldn’t be more wrong. Women today ARE pressured into all kinds of things during pregnancy and childbirth, and the main reason is usually ignorance. That’s not a dig at them, it’s just the way our society is. You get pregnant, go to the doctor, do every single thing they say without question, then give birth the way the hospital tells you to.

      Empowerment during childbirth is a wonderful thing, and it’s missing for a lot of women. Anything that helps give women knowledge about their choices and both the pros and cons of those choices, is fantastic. If you had seen The Business of Being Born, you’d be impressed and awed.

      Women need to know their options.

      • Anon

        Any woman who allows herself to be “pressured” to give birth in any way but the way SHE plans… deserves what ever the outcome. If she is not smart enough to know there are options, maybe she isn’t ready to be bringing a child into the world!
        I mean- seriously? We need celebrities to tell us how to give birth? This is what women need to be told in order to explore other options? We are so uneducated and unprepared that we can’t come up with the knowledge before we give birth..????

        • Anonymous

          That’s a pretty disgusting attitude. If you don’t realize that many, many women are NOT given choices, you are seriously delusional. Not to mention that once you’re in full labor, your ability to think rationally about your options may be severely compromised. Also, many women are in this alone and don’t have a partner to advocate for them. Get off your high horse and accept the fact that just because YOU were informed, many are not.

          I’m also curious when people get angry about “celebrities” speaking out and spreading knowledge. Should Ricki Lake shut up and sit down just because she’s a celebrity? What’s your job? Maybe you should shut up and sit down because maybe no one cares what a hairdresser, accountant, cashier, lawyer, or whatever you are thinks either. If everyone had that attitude, then NO ONE would speak, and NO ONE would share information, and NO ONE would know anything.

          Maybe there’s a woman out there who will see this video and it will prompt her to ask her doctors or midwives for more information, which will allow her to gain knowledge.

          What kind of a person doesn’t think this is a GOOD idea?

          • Anon

            WOW! Are you a Ricki Lake employee? Talk about getting off your high horse! I have a right to express my opinion and therefore I am. Just as YOU are. Do YOU have more of a right to express yourself than I do? And because you THINK you do…does that make you right? If you are SO uninformed that you need Ricki Lake to tell you how to give birth, then you need to read a book or two and maybe go back to school! Maybe you should should think about what you DON’T know before you spawn another just like you….

    • Anonymous 2

      Wow. You need to have some tea and sit down somewhere. Nowhere in this posting was the word” uninformed” even used. However, I actually would say that generally speaking we are uninformed about our options. Many women assume a home birth is what happens if you’re stuck somewhere and stranded. I have witnessed births where women were “threatened” with c-sections and L&D staff were manipulative and controlling.

      It’s fantastic that you had homebirths years ago. But they are still very very rare. And any attention that is given to informing women about their options is one to be celebrated not denigrated because you unjustly assume you are being condescended to. I’m sure those that aren’t as knowledgeable about other birthing options find the movie great. I knew/know I fair amount and I thought the movie was wonderful!

    • Anonymous

      You don’t think it’s good to inform people who DON’T know? The majority of women have no idea about this and I think it’s awesome of her to help try to inform women and help normalize the idea of natural birth. Watching “the Business of Being Born” with my mom helped her understand why I wanted a natural birth.

      • Anon

        YOU would have to be living in some sort of NEVER-Never Land if you don’t know- or explore- your birthing options. You are your only advocate! If you don’t take care of yourself, nobody else will! If you were a willing participant in becoming pregnant you owe it to yourself and the child to EDUCATE yourself on birth- and caring for your child after birth. Those that are below that capacity need to be in an assisted care facility. PERIOD. Do we need Ricki Lake to tell us this?

  • Lurlene

    True Anon, not everyone is unaware of the possibilities. But many women and their families are, which is why it’s wonderful that these films are bringing greater awareness to all the options we have for giving birth. My mother gave birth to my sister and me with a midwife over 30 years ago–many women don’t know that’s an option. I’m glad you had the births you wanted and they went well. Let’s help spread the word that there are options, and once we mothers know our options we can choose the best one for us!

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to you! That really is wonderful. I’m surprised at your hostility towards Ricki Lake and what she’s doing to educate the general public about natural childbirth. Have you seen “The Business of Being Born”? The core message of the movie is that women HAVE been giving birth naturally since the beginning of human kind. And guess what? Most women DON’T know the dangers of medical intervention in childbirth. We should all be glad there are people out there like Ricki Lake taking on the task of educating people about a different way to give birth. We should be PROUD and SUPPORTIVE, not self-righteous.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, and women and baies have also been dying at home for centuries too. This film never shows the other side. They simply want you to believe that hospitals are evil and doctors do not care about you, which is far from the truth.

      Never once do they tell you the real truth about homebirth: that American homebirth has triple the death rate of hospital birth for comparable risk women. That MANA refuses to elease the death rates for homebirth midwives. That ,midwives have a made up name for themselves called called “Certified Professional Midwife”, which pretty much anyone can get.

      You don’t hear the horror stories of women and babies dying from preventable deaths under these midwives, many of whom lack training. And that certainly has happened in recent years in quite large numbers.

      It’s sad the midwives who made this dangerous film realized that if they used celebrities (who typically know next to nothing about science) that they could attract all kinds of attention and get baby blogs behind them.

      Shame on this site for promoting dangerous medical practices to naive readers. Women need to really educate them about childbirth and celebrity sites that know next to nothing about medicine need to shut up.

      • Anonymous

        Please cite your sources for what’s mentioned in the second paragraph of your comment.

      • Anonymous

        Wow. Please site your sources before spewing conspiracy fallacies without any backing.

    • Anon

      I really take offense to the “Most women” innuendo. Who among us doesn’t know their options when giving birth? I mean REALLY? Aside from those too young and needing a hospital birth anyway (due to the risk) What educated woman doesn’t know she has a choice o HOW and WHERE to give birth? Are we really so stupid that we need celebrity to make a video telling us how to do it the right way? Come on! It’s another business of Ricki Lake making money. Period

      • Janna

        What makes you assume that every woman on the planet has the same level of education as you?

        If the information in these videos helps women, even just one woman, why are you so offended that Ricki Lake might make money from it?

        (Guess what? Your doctor is in it for the money, too. Did you distrust or brush off everything they say too because it’s just a way for them to make money?)

        • Anonymous

          “If the information in these videos helps women, even just one woman, why are you so offended that Ricki Lake might make money from it?”

          If the information causes a baby to die from homebirth, how could we not be horrified Ricki Lake might make money from it? Google Wren Jones… “if only I’d never watched The Business of Being Born.”

          Doctors salaries are not affected by how many C-sections they perform. In contrast, midwives salaries are directly affected by how many homebirths they manage.

      • Anonymous 2

        This comment may be a little late but I do want to say that every women has the right to education about the options of child birth. We do not learn about it in a formal education setting unless we choose to either specialize in that field or hear about it briefly in college human a and p, which everyone is not forced to take. Watching a movie like this is the same thing as going to a book store and purchasing what to expect when you are expecting (which might I add makes someone a profit). Women are watching this video to educate themselves in fact about all of their options whether they choose to birth at home or not. Most people in America have only heard about home births in passing. In my experience people are naive about the expectations of a home birth and this video allows people to open their eyes and hopefully continue their education about all the possibilities of birth. Criticizing a celebrity for using her resources to educate us just because she is a celebrity is a little low. Why not spend your time criticizing people that tune into reality shows and make people like Paris Hilton money? Rickey Lake has done nothing but good here in my opinion.

    • Anonymous

      “The core message of the movie is that women HAVE been giving birth naturally since the beginning of human kind.”

      Yeah, and women have been dying in childbirth since the beginning of human kind as well. At least they had a “natural” birth though, whatever that means.

      The obsession with naturalness really bothers me. It used to be acceptable to ask mothers of twins or triplets “are they natural?” when they really mean “were fertility drugs used?” The question is offensive because it implies children created with the assistance of science are “unnatural”. The same goes for birth; people imply that if you use pain relief drugs or need a C-section you’re having an “unnatural” birth. It’s a false dichotomy and it makes no difference to the outcome: a healthy child. People like Ricki Lake need to stop shaming women who make use of the assistance that’s available to them and implying their births are unnatural because of it.

      • Anonymous

        I hate to break this to you, but if you use fertility drugs and have triplets, it wasn’t a “natural” event.

        And even though it’ll probably piss you off, I have to tell you that having a C-Section isn’t a “natural” childbirth. You are not that stupid, I’m sure.

        Where we do agree is, as long as the mother and child are healthy, it doesn’t matter how you birth.

        However, nobody, including Ricki Lake, is **shaming** anyone about their birth choices. All that’s being done is more and more women are opening themselves up to **all** possibilities.

        • Anonymous

          “I hate to break this to you, but if you use fertility drugs and have triplets, it wasn’t a “natural” event.”

          Yes, but the resulting children are natural. Or did you think they were somehow synthesized out of polyester? Maybe you know of some method for identifying those weird unnatural children from the natural ones? No? Yeah, they’re pretty much the same kids. Hence the outcome is the same.

          “And even though it’ll probably piss you off, I have to tell you that having a C-Section isn’t a “natural” childbirth. You are not that stupid, I’m sure.”

          What’s “natural”, and why is it preferable? I assume you use a toothbrush, have dyed your hair at some point, and drive a car, right? They’re not natural events either, in the sense that humans have evolved the capacity to utilize them only recently in geological time. Likewise c-sections are a recent event in human history, but that’s not a reason in and of itself to reject them.

      • Anonymous

        I think that the “natural is better” crowd is really the minority and will probably stay that way. With celebrity voices they are simply more vocal. Most people are smart enough to realize that you (or your child) will naturally die from many things if you choose to shun science and medicine. To each his own, I guess.

    • Anon

      It is NOT hostility! It’s the belief that all women are empowered- well before we become pregnant- to KNOWLEDGE! The same knowledge that Ricki Lake is making money from is available for free! It is sad to think it takes Ricki Lake to make women aware…and that women STILL say they are uninformed! Knowledge is ready and available to EVERYONE RICH AND POOR! PUBLIC LIBRARIES, INTERNET, ENCYCLOPEDIAS,FREE COUNSELING! You just have to WANT it! Nobody can give you that- including Ricki Lake INC.

  • Anonymous 2

    I’m really looking forward to the next movies!!

  • Anonymous

    i loved the business of being born

  • Aubrey

    I loved the film. I had decided to have a natural childbirth before seeing it but I still learned from it and really enjoyed it! I definitely want others to see it who do not know there are other possible options of childbirth. I think its great!

  • Scooter

    I loved the first film. Thought it was so wonderful and thought provoking. I’m excited to watch their new film just for the learning aspect. I adopted my child and have no plans on giving birth in the future, but I find the topic fascinating and I applaud Ricki for shedding light on the topic. It’s important to get the info out there and let women decide for themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Loved the film!! After much research, I had my first child at home. It was a wonderful experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

  • Anonymous

    I did watch this film after I had already decided that I would have a home birth after c-section and honestly it was the best choice I’ve ever made. I was being FORCED by my doctors to have a VBAC although, I had the greenlight from my ob/gyn from my first pregnancy to have my second child naturally. As much as one would like to think that we are well informed about our choices regarding childbirth, sometimes people want to get in the way or limit your choices. In my case, my doctors simply “did not do VBAC’s”, which infuriated me because they wanted to make the choice for my body without any solid justification.
    Please do not judge Ricki simply because she is a celebrity who is bringing this information to the forefront. Do you research like she did on Ina May Gaskin – read her books and then come back an comment on how foolish the idea of natural childbirth in the home with the assistance of a midwife is. Shame on you who think that medical intervention is always neccessary in order to have a child. Not all children need to be born in a hospital. Let women have their choices and stop trying to make women feel as if they are wrong for not wanting medical intervention on something that happens naturally.
    And by the way, my husband delivered my beautiful healthy daughter in my bedroom. She is now 10 months old and free of any health issues. The best decision I have ever made and this documentary helped me to it. Thank you Ricki and others who devote your time and energy to restoring the natural order of things 🙂

  • Angie

    Really appreciated the variety of birth experiences that was presented in this episode. I chose to do a natural birth in a hospital setting and at the end of my labor and delivery I felt more like Alanis M. with my birth experience. In a way I thought poorly of myself for those feelings. Now I realize that I’m not the only woman out there that experiences child birth that way and I feel a lot better about it. Thank you for sharing the variety. It was a great in helping me deal with my emotions about the entire birth experience.

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