The Business of Being Born

The Business of Being Born
The Business of Being Born
  • UR
  • 1h 25m
  • 2008
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While the United States has perhaps the most advanced health care system in the world, it also has the second-highest infant mortality rate of any industrialized nation, and many have begun to question conventional wisdom regarding the way obstetricians deal with childbirth. While midwives preside over the majority of births in Europe and Japan, fewer than ten percent of American mothers employ them, despite their proven record of care and success. How do American doctors make their choices regarding the way their patients give birth, and who is intended to benefit? Director Abby Epstein ("Until the Violence Stops") and Daytime Emmy Award-nominee Ricki Lake (TV's "The Ricki Lake Show," "Hairspray") offer a probing look at childbirth in America in the documentary The Business of Being Born, which explores the history of obstetrics, the history and function of midwives, and how many common medical practices may be doing new mothers more harm than good.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics 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.
Time Out
Maitland McDonagh

June 22, 2017
Seattle Times
Moira MacDonald

Important viewing for anyone contemplating a birth plan.

June 21, 2017
Chicago Tribune
Maureen M. Hart

Former talk show host Ricki Lake had her first baby in a hospital and came away with the need for...

June 21, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times
Nell Minow

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

June 21, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle
Tamara Straus

A powerful, frightening look at America's delivery room that makes a strong case for natural child...

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:January 9, 2008
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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