Actress Ricki Lake, the Producer of The Business of Being Born, a documentary based on the benefits of home birth and midwifery care, has recently been put in the middle of a conflict between the ACOG (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) and the AMA (American Medical Association).
Ricki’s documentary features footage of her home birth of son Owen, now 7. Lake is accusing doctors’ groups of targeting her strong views on the benefits of midwifery care and home births.
The dispute started with a recent statement from the ACOG,
“much attention in the media by celebrities having home deliveries” and pointing to a January Today show segment in which Ricki discussed her film and Owen’s birth.
Ricki has explained numerous times that she is neither “anti-doctor, nor “anti-hospital”. Lake, 39, told the Associated Press that she simply wants to raise awareness for women,
“Home birth was around long before hospitals were taking over – and I just think women need to know (the information) so that they can make the best choice for them.”
The AMA issued a statement last month in support of the ACOG’s official recommendation,
“The safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital.”
In reaction to these statements, Ricki responded that her agenda is to provide choice for women,
“It’s scary that both (the ACOG and the AMA) have sort of targeted me. And, you know, I’m all about choice. This is not unlike the abortion issue. I am pro-choice when it comes to childbirth and choices in birth.”
Ricki feels that both parties have missed the point of the documentary, which is expressing that all women should have a choice of what environment they would like to give birth in.
In regards to her own home birth, Ricki said it was an incredible experience,
“[I was] empowered, I was transformed and I would love for women to have had that opportunity”
Ricki’s first son Milo,10, was born in the hospital, and Owen,7, was born at home.
Photo: Babytalk Magazine via Ok! Magazine, May 23