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The Business of Being Born

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Abby Epstein

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About the Movie

Inspired by their own unique birth experiences, producer Ricki Lake and director Abby Epstein team up to provide a nation of mothers-to-be with insight into the process of childbirth and the various options available when preparing for life's most special event. From pregnancy to the miraculous moment of birth, The Business of Being Born is an entertaining and informative celebration of the road to motherhood that "should be seen by every pregnant woman in America" (Jack Mathews, New York Daily News).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Business of Being Born is not overtly political. Its feminism is palpable but unspoken. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Pregnant women -- and involved dads -- would be well advised to check out this provocative portrait. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: No one, male or female, pregnant or childless, who sees The Business of Being Born will ever see the hospital maternity ward as a normal environment again. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Epstein and Lake have crafted an absorbing, thought-provoking inquiry into what modern birth has become and how to make it better. – Julia Wallace, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great film!

This movie is just great. Hardly biased like the other reviewer said when Abby ended up giving birth at the hopistal herself. It's amazing even just the C-Section rate and all of the other stats. The movie is not about trying to get you to feel a certain way, it's about opening up to the possibility of something different... and this movie does just that. I am going to show it to my sister soon, she's getting married next year and will have children soon after.


This is such a fantastic documentary about the birth crisis in America today. I would recommend anybody that is going to have a baby to watch this. It's all about options, when you go to the hospital you have no options. If I could go back and have my daughters all over again I would do it right and my youngest would be healthy today. Thanks for such a great film!

Get Educated..

Why are more and more women choosing Midwifery care? Let me briefly describe why having a midwife is safer. Are you a low-risk woman? If you are your chances of having an intervention with a Obstetrician are far higher than with a midwife. What is an intervention (anything outside of normal childbirth). Midwives are protectors of normal childbirth. If you are wanting a natural vaginal birth your best option is choosing midwifery care. Midwives work with low-risk woman and use evidence based care.. Midwives are there with the woman throughout the whole labour, supporting a woman to have the best possible outcome, doctors walk in just as baby is being delivered. Midwives encourage the woman to be in power of her own birth, to listen to her body and encourage her to realize her body is not a lemon. Woman CAN birth babies and all the interventions that happen in hospitals, actually making birth outcomes worst not better. Look at the home birth evidence, done in any country.. if you are a low-risk woman and are planning a hospital birth you are 4.62 times more likely to have an emergency c-section compared to if you were planning to give birth in a primary centre or at home. Tell a doctor you are planning to have a home birth and anyone of them will say it so unsafe, but what we need to realize is medical interventions during birth are very unsafe and being in the hospital when you are low-risk puts you at a greater risk. This movie is a perfect portrait of how just how the medical system is a business. It is a great eye opener.
Well done!!