Ricki Lake’s pro-home birth documentary set for its second release

Home birth has become a trend among pregnant celebrities and some of the more progressive mothers out there, but whether or not it’s really the smartest, safest option is still questionable. Ricky Lake, however, is pro-home birth and her documentary on the subject, “The Business of Being Born,” remains a top-watched documentary on Netflix and […]

Home birth has become a trend among pregnant celebrities and some of the more progressive mothers out there, but whether or not it’s really the smartest, safest option is still questionable. Ricky Lake, however, is pro-home birth and her documentary on the subject, “The Business of Being Born,” remains a top-watched documentary on Netflix and is consistently in the top 100 for documentaries on iTunes.

The 2008 film by the former talk show host is set for rerelease in late January, an expanded version, which will be the first time it’s available for viewing internationally. It questions the American medical system’s approach to childbirth and presents the benefits of home birth. The film has even been used as an educational tool in many schools around the country, according to the nonprofit Choices in Childbirth.

Home births are very rare (less than 1%), but the documentary has inspired some people to take on the experience, despite the risks. Some doctors, however, were not inspired by the film.

“If there’s anything we learned from the documentary, it is to teach their pregnant patients to bring their home to the hospital and not bring their hospital setting to the home,” said Dr. Amos Grunebaum, director of obstetrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Although Lake is clearly vocal about the experience she’s had and her thoughts on home birth, she encourages those who are going to watch the film to not use her story as an example of what they should do in their own lives, necessarily.

“It’s an entertaining film,” Lake said. “No one should go into this and watch our film and recreate what they see on screen.”