The Business of Being Born explores the contemporary experience of childbirth in the United States. Produced by Ricki Lake, it compares various childbirth methods, including midwives, natural births, epidurals, and Cesarean sections.
Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natual 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 examine and question the way American women have babies.
The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal. Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency?
The film criticizes the American health care system with its emphasis on drugs and costly interventions and its view of childbirth as a medical emergency rather than a natural occurrence.
It also documents actual home births and water births. They follow a midwife, Cara, in New York as she takes care of and attends several births. They the audience is given several shocking statistics about our current birthing techniques and challenges today’s doctors.
Note from me: if the baby heart rates suddenly drop or anything happened that could endanger the lives of the mother & the newborn baby, then it is the time that interventions is needed. It is sad to know that here in Indonesia, this kind of practice is getting more common too :(