Executive Producer Ricki Lake and filmmaker Abby Epstein follow their landmark documentary, The Business of Being Born, with an all-new, four part DVD series that continues their exploration of the modern maternity care system. More Business of Being Born, available on November 8, offers a practical look at birthing options as well as poignant celebrity birth stories from stars including Alanis Morissette, Gisele Bündchen, Christy Turlington-Burns, Cindy Crawford, Molly Ringwald, Laila Ali, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Melissa Joan Hart.
Ricki opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her provocative new films that are “continuing to have a major impact on the way women view childbirth,” her 10-year-old son Owen‘s “star” performance in The Business of Being Born, and her “unbelievably demanding” schedule alongside dance partner Derek Hough on TV’s Dancing with the Stars.
CBS: We loved The Business of Being Born! Tell us what we can expect in More Business of Being Born, available on November 8.
RL: “We’ve got four great new films and each one offers something different. Special Deliveries features intimate birth stories from amazing women like Cindy Crawford, Alanis Morissette, Gisele Bündchen, Alyson Hannigan, Christy Turlington, and more.
Explore Your Options has tons of great information about doulas, birth centers, inductions and cesareans. Down on the Farm is about our trip to Tennessee to hang out with legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin and The VBAC Dilemma is all about vaginal birth after cesarean.”
CBS: Why did you decide to do a follow-up to Business of Being Born?
RL: “We realized that The Business of Being Born is continuing to have a major impact on the way women view childbirth. And after we researched and published our birth planning book Your Best Birth, it was clear that there were still so many basic questions out there. So we kept on filming!”
CBS: Since creating Business of Being Born, what kind of feedback have you received from the midwifery community? What about the community at large?
RL: “The midwives have been so appreciative of The Business of Being Born because they deserve so much more credit than they receive! Mostly we receive a lot of ‘thank you’s’ from women and doulas and midwives for showing another side of birthing.”
CBS: Do you think you missed your calling to be a midwife or a doula?
RL: “I am a doula, although I didn’t finish the training. I have attended several births, but as much as I love it – I am not sure I would want myself as a doula!”
CBS: Does your son Owen know that he was a big part of The Business of Being Born? If so, what does he think about his starring role? Has he watched the video of his birth?
RL: “Oh sure! He wrote me a letter a few years ago that said, ‘Mommy, thank you for letting me be born in the bathtub and for making me the star of the movie.’ ”
CBS: How are things going over at Dancing with the Stars? What have you got in store for your fans in the coming episodes?
RL: “It’s been a blast! Derek and I have some great dances coming up but the rehearsal schedule is unbelievably demanding. I have so much respect for these professional dancers and what their bodies can do.”
CBS: What’s up next for you?
RL: “Ice packs and Epsom salts!”
More Business of Being Born arrives on DVD on November 8.