I heard Ricki Lake , of the FIRST Hairspray fame.. talk show host etc on the radio last week. I was never a fan- she is just a celebrity that is under the radar for me. However- I was surprised by a few things she said in the interview. She is out promoting her movie- a documentary called The Business of being Born, opening wide January 9, 2008. There are many pre-screening available- you can visit site to check.
The Business of being Born:
Birth: it’s a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to examine and question the way American women have babies. The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal. Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency?
Ricki Lake is executive producer of the film. I though “oh God.. here goes a celebrity telling people how to have a baby…” and prepared myself to be annoyed and hear the usual prattle about hospitals, nannies and bottle feeding.
I was quite surprised. This is what I heard in her interview.
– She is a BIG proponent of home births siting statistics about the dreadful infant mortality rate in United States. They have the 2nd highest rate of infant mortality in the world- Ricki Lake blames hospital germs, etc for this.
– She had a home water birth.
-she used a mid-wife
-because of breast reduction surgery in 1991 she bought she was not able to supply enough milk for her so- she used a milk bank. BRAVO!!!
– She was candid, SMART, funny and honest. I am now considering myself a fan and will make a point of seeing this movie and promote it as best I can. I am quite excited to see it.