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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 explore the maternity care system in America. Focusing on New York City, the film reveals that there is much to distrust behind hospital doors and follows several couples who decide to give birth on their own terms. There is an unexpected turn when director Epstein not only discovers she is pregnant, but finds the life of her child on the line. Should most births should be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potential medical emergency?
Runtime: 87 min
Production: Barranca Productions
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: May 6, 2008
Director Credit
Abby Epstein Director
Cast Credit
Abby Epstein Herself
Carolyn Havens Neimann Herself - Midwife
Eugene Declerq Himself
Gregor Huebner Himself
Ina May Gaskin Herself - Midwife
Julia Barnett Tracy Herself
La Juana Huebner Herself
Louann Brizendine Herself
Michael Brodman Himself
Nadine Goodman Herself - Public Health Specialist
Patricia Burkhardt Herself
Ricki Lake Herself
Robbie Davis-Floyd Herself - Medical Anthropologist
Susan Hodges Herself - President, Citizens For Midwifery
Tina Cassidy Herself
Producer Credit
Abby Epstein Producer
Amy Slotnick Producer
Paulo Netto Producer
Ricki Lake Executive Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: