The Business of Being Born

The Business of Being Born

The Business of Being Born is a documentary film on childbirth practices in the United States directed by Abby Epstein and produced by Ricki Lake. It was inspired by Lake’s first hospital birth, after which she felt that there must be a better way for women to give birth, and set about finding out how and why midwives are supporting that very thing. The film follows several women throughout pregnancy and labor, primarily depicting midwife-assisted home births and dispelling the myths of home birth as necessarily unsafe and of midwives as eccentric hippie women. In fact, the midwives in the documentary are women who could be your neighbor or your friend, trudging around New York City in taxis in order to help women give birth in supported, non-interventionist environments. In other words, normal.