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Ricki Lake Revisits The Business of Being Born

Posted by bridget

In 2008 afternoon talk personality Ricki Lake and director Abby Epstein released a documentary about a very personal subject.  Their own pregnancies.  The two pregnant mothers decided to investigate childbearing practices in the United States from their unique perspective as women who were on the verge of bearing children.

“The message is really about choices and exploring birth options,” Lake, now 42, told People Magazine in a recent interview. “I want a woman to be able to give birth in the way in which she chooses.”

“I want those women to be informed and to know what they’re getting into,” she continues. “They need to know the pros and cons of it all — I happen to support home birth because I had a beautiful experience, but I’m not telling everyone to do that. I’m advocating for choices.”

It's little wonder that the movie continues to be popular with expectant moms, including Pink, who recently mentioned it while giving interviews about the birth of her own daughter, Willow Sage.  Lake is developing a follow up project called More Business of Being Born, which she hopes to release in October.  Alanis Morissette, Gisele Bundchen and Laila Ali are all sharing their own birthing experiences in the new project.

“I think because they feel so strongly about the experience they were able to have or the message of the film, they’ve been happy to come forward,” Lake explained to PEople. “Alanis is particularly private and she was so candid with us. She allowed me to interview her while she was still pregnant. She was planning a home birth and we interviewed her before she had her baby and after. She’s incredibly articulate and eloquent about her experience”

More Business seems likely to be as moving as it's predecessor, we can't wait to see it!

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