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.

    • Rent $3.99
    • Buy $12.99

Trailers

Trailer

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
68 Ratings
68 Ratings

81% TOMATOMETER

  • Average 6.7/10
  • Fresh 21
  • Rotten 5

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.

Information

Studio
New Line
Genre
Documentary
Released
Copyright
© MMVII Ample Productions & Barranca Productions, TM and MMVIII New Line Home Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Languages

Primary
English (Stereo)

Accessibility

CC
Closed captions refer to subtitles in the available language with addition of relevant nondialogue information.

Viewers Also Bought

Movies in Documentary