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"The Business of Being Born" San Francisco Premiere with Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein
Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 3:00 PM (PST)
San Francisco, CA
Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth is also big business.
Join the Bay Area Homebirth Collective for the San Francisco Premiere event with Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein in attendance! Stay after for Q & A and to learn how you can help save St. Luke9s hospital and protect women9s birth choices.
All proceeds benefit: Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery, Citizens for Midwifery, SF9s own Homestyle Midwifery and The Birth Fund - a homebirth fund for low-income women.
Note: Tickets purchased for $50 or above include entrance to the after party! All but $50 of the ticket price is tax deductible.
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Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to question the way American women have babies. See below for more information.
Epstein gains access to several pregnant New York City women as they weigh their options. Some of these women are or will become clients of Cara Muhlhahn, a charismatic midwife who, between birth events, shares both memories and footage of her own birth experience.
Footage of women having babies punctuates THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN. Each experience is unique; all are equally beautiful and equally surprising. Giving birth is clearly the most physically challenging event these women have ever gone through, but it is also the most emotionally rewarding.
Along the way, Epstein conducts interviews with a number of obstetricians, experts and advocates about the history, culture and economics of childbirth. The film’s fundamental question: should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potential medical emergency?
As Epstein uncovers some surprising answers, her own pregnancy adds a very personal dimension to THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN, a must-see movie for anyone even thinking about having a baby.