Movies

Pregnancy & Birth Related Films
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 explore the maternity care system in America. Focusing on New York City, the film reveals that there is much to distrust behind hospital doors and follows several couples who decide to give birth on their own terms. There is an unexpected turn when director Epstein not only discovers she is pregnant, but finds the life of her child on the line. Should most births should be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potential medical emergency?
More Business of Being Born 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 provocative and entertaining exploration of the modern maternity care system. More Business of Being Born, available on November 8th, 2011, offers a practical look at birthing options as well as poignant celebrity birth stories from stars including Alanis Morissette, Gisele Bundchen, Christy Turlington-Burns, Cindy Crawford, Molly Ringwald, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Melissa Joan Hart.
Pregnant in America Pregnant In America is the true story of Steve and Mandy Buonaugurio, a young, adventurous, expectant couple, who decide to take a daring and potentially dangerous approach to having their first child–outside the modern American medical system. What they learn about hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, midwives, and home birth as they travel across the United States and Europe interviewing experts and confronting birthing situations, exposes them to some shocking and disturbing realities about America¹s maternity care system and what is happening to women and babies. Ultimately, what they learn impacts on and alters the outcome of their own pregnancy.
Orgasmic Birth A 2008 documentary film that follows 11 women giving birth and “examines the intimate nature of birth, an everyday miracle, and the powerful role it plays in women’s lives when they are permitted to experience it fully.”
Born in the USA Originally shown on PBS, this film “provides an in-depth look at low-risk childbirth in America by presenting three different types of caregivers and settings: an obstetrician working at a teaching hospital, a licensed midwife attending home births, and a certified nurse-midwife bridging both worlds in an urban, out-of-hospital birth center. 

By examining the culture of birth practices in America, Born in the U.S.A. raises questions about technology, safety and quality of care, and it challenges parents to be proactive about getting the kind of care they want and need.”

It’s My Body, My Baby, My Birth It’s My Body, My Baby, My Birth is an educational childbirth film that tells the story of 7 mothers and their emotional journeys to natural childbirth. The story is enhanced with footage of partners and the roles of Licensed Midwife Maria Iorillo, Certified Nurse Midwife Yeshi Neumann, childbirth educator Jane Austin and Laura Norrell, Obstetrician. 

Through story telling and photos, we hear the mothers’ stories. Elain had a cesarean section for her first birth; Earth wants to be at home for community and comfort. Ann switches to a birthing center in the last month of her pregnancy. Maya has a water birth. Partners express their fears and concerns, ultimately transforming as well. These are just a few of the stories that you will hear in this powerful and compelling film.