The Business of Being Born

November 29th, 2007 by MamaBear

There is a new documentary out, by director Abby Epstein and executive producer Ricki Lake. It’s called “The Business of Being Born.” It explores homebirth and hospital births, and how hospital births have become big business. The film is currently showing in limited venues across the country (and even in Australia!). I was heartened to discover that here in Texas, there is one screening scheduled for December 10 in San Antonio. I was even more thrilled to discover that it’s FREE! I am hoping to make it to that free screening, and I’m hoping others in the area will join me to watch it. If you live in Texas anywhere near San Antonio, come on over.

There’s also another screening in Texas, near Houston (Webster, TX is about 30 minutes away from Houston), so if you’re in Texas and can’t make it to the San Antonio one, go to the one there. It’s not free, but the movie is worth paying money for, imo. If there weren’t a screening in San Antonio already, I’d probably make the 4 hour drive and pay the $25 for it (it includes food!).

Here’s a trailer of “The Business of Being Born:”

Now you want to watch it, right? :) Find upcoming screenings for your hometown.

ETA:  Women’s Health News blog wrote a review on “The Business of Being Born.”  Check it out.  :)

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6 Responses to “The Business of Being Born”

  1. Song Says:

    Two thumbs up for “The Business of Being Born”! I recently helped our local midwifery-advocacy group organize a screening on the campus where I teach. I think this is the film that could trigger the political will for real change in our country’s FUBAR childbirth system. Go see it — host a screening if you have to — and most of all, talk it up and take action!

  2. MamaBear Says:

    Oh, Song. You don’t disappoint. :D

    I am exceptionally lucky that a screening has already been organized for the city where I reside. I am SO looking forward to this movie. I have heard so many good things about it…

  3. Rachel Says:

    I went to a screening this Friday - have a review up in my place. I really enjoyed it. Also, I learned that it should be available via Netflix soon, maybe in February.

  4. Melanie Says:

    Oh, my. The trailer alone made me tear up!

    Too bad there don’t seem to be any Canadian screenings. :(

  5. MamaBear Says:


    Why not make one happen? :)

  6. Melanie Says:

    Good idea.

    Maybe in the new year, when Christmas maddness is over!

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