After the groundbreaking success of her 2008 film The Business Of Being Born, Ricki Lake is continuing her exploration of the modern maternity care system with the four-part documentary called More Business Of Being Born. On Monday (March 5), the mom-of-two will host an online screening of Special Deliveries: Celebrity Mothers Talk Straight Talk on Birth, part two of the provocative series.
Ricki opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the 70-minute film that will be followed by a live Q&A chat with herself, filmmaker Abby Epstein and actress Kellie Martin, the impact of celebrity moms such as Gisele Bündchen speaking out about natural births, and her upcoming talk show and wedding.
CBS: We hear there will be an online screening of More Business of Being Born on Monday (March 5). Tell us all about it.
At 6pm PST, we will air the second film in the MBOBB series called Special Deliveries; Celebrities Mothers Talk Straight on Birth followed by a live Q&A at 7:10 PST. You can also watch the film 24/7 on our website TheBusinessofBeingBorn.com. You can ask us questions via Twitter to @rickilake with #mbobb as the hash tag. Hope to see you there!
The moms featured in the film are Alanis Morissette, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington Burns, Gisele Bündchen, Laila Ali, Alyson Hannigan, Melissa Joan Hart, Kimberly Williams Paisley and Kellie Martin.”
CBS: We hear there will be some special guests joining you tonight, including Kellie Martin. Will you and the panel be answering questions from fans?
RL: “Yes, my director Abby Epstein, actress Kellie Martin & I will be delighted to answer questions and talk about the films.”
CBS: So much has changed since your first film, Business of Being Born. Now, we hear of so many celebrities talking about home births! Please speak on the importance of celebrity moms demystifying birthing myths.
RL: “Since we released The Business of Being Born, home birth in the US has increased 20%! I do think that birth culture is changing. More women are becoming aware of options like doulas, midwives, VBACs and birth centers and more celebrities are speaking out about their positive birth experiences.
We all know that women in the public eye can have a tremendous influence, so I believe it is very powerful when celebrity moms talk openly about their birth experiences and demonstrate that all women have options.”
CBS: Tell us about some of the celebrity moms who support your project and talk about their birth stories.
RL: “One of the greatest moments was when Pink tweeted about The Business of Being Born! She is a huge supporter, even though she ended up needing a cesarean birth. Alicia Silverstone has been a fan since the film came out and I was so thrilled to hear that she had a beautiful water birth at a birth center. And of course, all the women in MBOBB: Special Deliveries who had a wide variety of birth experiences – some had home births and some had C-sections.”
CBS: How do you handle the criticism from people who are against or uneducated about natural/home births?
RL: “I understand that there is a lot of misinformation out there, so I don’t take it personally. But I do not advocate natural birth or home birth for anyone – my passion is educating women about their childbirth options so that they can decide what kind of birth is best for them. A lot of women do the research and decide they want an elective cesarean – and I say all the power to her! Pregnant women need to be informed and empowered and they deserve to be active participants in the childbirth process.”
CBS: What’s up next for you? Are you getting married soon?
RL: “This is really busy year for me. My book Never Say Never is being published this spring and the new Ricki Lake Show will air in September. Sometime, in the middle of all that, I do plan on getting married! We are looking forward to having a very private and intimate celebration.”