(CONTEST) Journey to Motherhood with Ricki Lake

Making my new documentary film series More Business of Being Born, I had the privilege of interviewing some incredible women (Christy Turlington Burns, Alanis Morissette, Cindy Crawford and Gisele Bundchen to name a few) to capture all the intimate details about their children’s births. Admittedly, I am a bit of a birth junkie but really I think that the underlying thrill of birth stories is hearing a woman talk about that indescribable moment when she becomes a mother. ...more
This has been such a wonderful Journey to reflect back on my two births as well as dealing with ...more

New York City to Moms: No More Home Births

I've always wanted to live in New York. For a long time, I imagined that living in New York meant having access to anything you want, whenever you want it -- great pizza! real bagels! somebody who knows somebody who's touched Donald Trump's hair! -- all against the backdrop of bright lights and big city and possibly Sarah Jessica Parker loping in tutus in front of buses. Which, from what I understand from friends who live in New York, is mostly all true, except for the Sarah Jessica part. ...more

Like you, I've never been a home birth advocate. I had my daughter in the hospital with an ...more

Excellent C-Section Analogy by Abby Epstein

I have "The Business of Being Born" on DVD now, and I finally got around to watching some of the bonus footage.  In one of the extra scenes, there is a conversation between Ricky and Abby that I found especially compelling. ...more

Consumer Reports: high-tech births=poor outcomes

Consumer Reports isn't just for researching your next car purchase or washing machine anymore. That's right, that longtime resource for product reviews has broadened its scope to include health and wellness. In a recent article Consumer Reports tackles the topic of childbirth, concluding that "Too many doctors and hospitals are overusing high-tech procedures." ...more

yay for shopping for childbirth methods and approach in the same logical comparison model as ...more

AMA To Ricki Lake: No More Babies Born In Bathtubs, Please (Ricki Lake to AMA: Stuff It)

Ricki Lake gave birth to her second child at home, in her bathtub. Which is great, but I almost did her one better by very nearly giving birth in the front seat of my husband's car while we sped down the highway at close to twice the legal speed limit. However, almost giving birth in a speeding motor vehicle - which, can I say? ...more

It seems strange to point this out, but does the argument against homebirth ever substitute ...more

The Business of Being Born- My Review

I watched The Business of Being Born (TBOBB) last night (available now through Netflix). This is a documentary produced by former talk show host, Ricki Lake, on the state of birthing in America. As I posted the other night, in short the summary of the film is this: (from The Business of Being Born's Website) ...more

That was Dr. Marsden Wagner... isn't he great? :-)more

High hopes for The Business of Being Born

It's just over a month now until the release of The Business of Being Born to DVD a la Netflix* on Feb. 12, and I, for one, am counting the days. There are 36. As a self-confessed "birth junkie," I've been excited about this movie since I first learned about it back in May of 2007. ...more

Thanks to both Amy and Brandy - and women everywhere who engage in this discussion!

For the ...more