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Win A Copy Of “More Business Of Being Born” (Plus An Exclusive Interview With Abby Epstein)

222 Comments 01 November 2011

More Business of Being Born, from Executive Producer Ricki Lake and Filmmaker Abby Epstein, will be released on November 8th, 2011.

This four disc set follows their landmark
documentary, The Business of Being Born, continuing their provocative and entertaining exploration of the modern maternity care system.

More Business of Being Born 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, Laila Ali, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Melissa Joan Hart.

About More Business of Being Born

DVD #1  Down on The Farm: Conversations with Legendary Midwife Ina May Gaskin

Follow Executive Producer Ricki Lake and Director Abby Epstein to The Farm Community in Summertown, Tennessee, where pioneer midwife Ina May Gaskin talks candidly about the latest birth trends and the art of midwifery. Gaskin, who was featured in the original The Business of Being Born, sparked Lake’s initial interest in natural birth and has continued to inspire the filmmaking duo’s advocacy efforts. Also on the journey is pregnant actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who has enlisted a midwife to attend the birth of her second child and joins the filmmakers in meeting The Farm’s famous midwives and touring the picturesque birth cabins in the woods. In the poignant final sequence, Gaskin exhibits her Safe Motherhood Quilt and calls for a deeper examination into the rising maternal mortality rate in the US.
(Running Time: 55 min)

DVD #2 Special Deliveries: Celebrity Mothers Talk Straight on Birth

Featuring celebrity moms Laila Ali, Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford, Alyson Hannigan, Melissa Joan Hart, Kellie Martin, Alanis Morissette, Christy Turlington-Burns and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Special Deliveries is a collection of intimate birth stories from a diverse group of mothers. Whether they chose to deliver at a hospital, home or birthing center, these heartfelt and humorous testimonies speak to the lasting power of the birth experience. True inspiration for any mother-to-be, this group of women trusted their bodies and intuitions, taking responsibility for their birth decisions even when things didn’t go according to plan. None of these courageous women has ever spoken on the record in such compelling detail, and, on this DVD, the filmmakers weave together their passionate narratives as a celebration of the journey to motherhood that will leave viewers with a renewed sense of amazement about the power of women.
(Running Time: 74 min)

DVD # 3 Explore Your Options: Doulas, Birth Centers & C-Sections

The most comprehensive and educational DVD in the series, Explore Your Options offers birth-planning guidance around key topics such as the role of doulas (labor support specialists,) the advantages of birth centers and the alarming escalation of cesarean sections in the United States and Brazil. Epstein and Lake talk to doulas about why their profession is currently booming and uncover why having a good doula can make-or-break the entire birth experience. They look at the ever-growing rates of inductions and c-sections, which have reached 50% in many US hospitals and more than 99% in some private hospitals in Brazil. How “safe” are these cesarean surgeries, and what are the health implications for the mothers and babies? Explore Your Options examines the pros and cons of birth centers, described as a perfect middle ground between home and hospital. Special features include Alanis Morissette and Alyson Hannigan on the advantages of doulas, Christy Turlington Burns on her unexpected complications at a birth center, Molly Ringwald on how she avoided a cesarean birth with her twins and Gisele Bundchen and Michelle Alves on the cesarean epidemic in their native Brazil.
(Running Time: 102 min)

DVD #4 The VBAC Dilemma: What Your Options Really Are

The VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) has become a hot-button issue in the modern maternity care system, as one in three new mothers will give birth via cesarean section. Are all of these mothers then forced to undergo a repeat cesarean the next time around? Epstein and Lake posed that question to dozens of experts, determining the surprising truth about VBACs. They also follow several women’s stories – both those who succeed and fail at attempting a VBAC – including that of filmmaker Abby Epstein, whose first c-section delivery was depicted in the dramatic, final moments of The Business of Being Born.
(Running Time: 51 min)

Watch the More Business of Being Born trailer.

Enter to Win a Copy of More Business of Being Born

How to enter the giveaway:

Step 1: “like” The Business of Being Born on Facebook

Step 2: leave a comment below letting us know why you would like to win a copy of More Business of Being Born

The giveaway will run from Tuesday, November 1st – Wednesday, November 7th at midnight. One winner will be choosen at random and announced Thursday morning, November 8th at the Bring Birth Home Facebook page.


Exclusive interview with Abby Epstein

This past week I was lucky enough to speak with Abby about the upcoming release of More Business of Being Born. Listen below to our conversation!

In the coming week you’ll hear directly from seven guests as they describe how The Business of Being Born affect their lives by impacting their journey to childbirth.

Your Comments

222 Comments so far

  1. Tiffany M says:

    I liked the bobb facebook page. Im planing on donating it to our local midwife and birth center. they are an amazing group of women that deserve it! they strive to educate the public about options in the area. :)

  2. I would love to have my very own copy of BOBB so that I can show everyone I can! Everyone should be able to have access to information that could help them consider (or not) an option to be a good choice for them.

  3. Kate Hyde says:

    I am a part of a wonderfully supportive home birth community, and this would be an excellent addition to our video library!

  4. jessica says:

    I am a doula and would love to win this to share with my clients :)

  5. Jessica Lehman says:

    I LOVED the first movie and would love to have the second… so I can watch it over and over, and lend it out to friends. Spread the word!

  6. Jen says:

    I would love a copy of MBOBB to help plan for my HBAC! Thanks!

  7. melody says:

    i want it i want it!!! i fell in love with the first and am to totally stoked about the 2nd :) i would let every pregnant mama i know watch it! great giveaway!!!

  8. Katherine says:

    I am 35 and expecting my first child in May. The Business of Being Born has changed my life….I have options. Options I didn’t know I had. My husband and I plan a water birth with a midwife and would love to own a copy of this life changing event of stories…choices….love. More Business of Being Born…..Bring on the magic.

  9. I am a relatively new doula and CBE, trying to make a go of doing this full-time. I don’t have a lot of money right now to cover expenses, so every item I purchase for my prenatal classes or to share with my doula clients has to be carefully selected. The first film is already something I share; I’d love to have a copy of the new film in my lending library so that I can encourage all of my clients and students to see it!

  10. Kateisfun says:

    I’d love to have this… for me, and to share with my friends and clients.

  11. Maleah says:

    I want to have a second baby. I want to harness the power as a woman and mother and have a home birth. Letting go of fear would be the ultimate act of self love.

  12. Mabyn says:

    I’ve seen The Business of Being Born so many times! I can’t wait to see More Business of Being Born over and over!

  13. Krista says:

    I am a birth doula and childbirth educator. I would love to add this to my collection for my clients.

  14. Erin Sanderson says:

    I would love a free copy!! I am planning my first home bith in May and would really like this documentary to share with family and friends!

  15. I would like my own copy of More of the Business of Being Born so that I can lend it to my natural childbirth students. I teach Bradley Method chilldbirth classes and use the first video as a wonderful resource for my couples.

  16. Jennifer Kleckner says:

    I would love the newest BOBB so that I can share it with the amazing expectant mommies I teach. :)

  17. Ariel says:

    I had an amazing and empowering homebirth and I know first hand how much birth affects how a woman sees herself, her body and how it affects her as a mother. I became a doula 2 years ago because I wanted to help women to be empowered in giving birth, to help them learn to believe in and trust their bodies. BOBB isn’t just a film, I believe it is a movement. If I had a copy of the new film I would use it to help educate more women about their birth options.

  18. tina says:

    I loved the first and can’t wait to see the next edition to this amazing resource of information….

  19. Laurie says:

    I am a doula and would love to show this to my clients!

  20. Natalie says:

    I’m soooooo excited to see this movie! I would like to win it as I’ve had two “ok” birth experiences. I’d like to find the confidence to take it all the way!

  21. Jennifer Spencer says:

    I am expecting my fourth child next month. I’m interested in watching More Business of Being Born and sharing it with friends and family. I also like the idea of donating the movie to my local midwives afterward so that it can be shared with more people!

  22. Mandy says:

    As a birth doula, I would use this as required homework for my clients because it most certainly changed my birth experience, as well as my life path. Thank you!

  23. Kristen Craig says:

    I am a natural birth and home birth advocate and a person who many of my friends now turn to for advice/facts. I have the original Business of Being Born and love it. I can’t wait to see the new one! I’d love to have more informative movies(not just word of mouth) to lend to friends who are considering a more natural birth or questioning certain practices.

  24. Abbey Hall says:

    I would love to add this to my lending library for my clients. I am a birth doula and it is at the top of my wish list!

  25. magreen says:

    I am the mother of 3, a home birth junkie, doula, mother massage therapist, preemie-newborn massage Instructor, and aspiring midwife. How could I NOT WANT THIS FOR MY LIBRARY?! It would be awesome and I would share it :) Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  26. Brooke Hosey says:

    I am just getting started as a Birth Doula and CBE and would love a copy of this for my lending library. I am just finishing my training through BAI. It will be a valuable educational tool as well as a tool to help me bring realization to my area. It is also a fantastic husband convincer seeing as they usually do not read as much as the mommas do! My husband and I have three children and my husband got laid off in July. I don’t have much money to get my business going, so any tools I can score for free are awsome! I really want to help educate women where I live about their options.

  27. Becca says:

    The first BOBB inspired me to have a HBAC for my 3rd birth. It was successful, beautiful, wonderful, private, peaceful and everything was just the way it should be for a birth. I can’t wait to watch More Business of Being Born.

  28. Debbie Newman says:

    I would love a copy of this because I enjoy embracing birth as a joyful thing instead of viewing it as a medical emergency. I rejoice at anything birth-related from this viewpoint!

  29. Denise P Font says:

    The Buisness of Being Born impacted my life by helping me make the most educated decision regarding my birth. So much so that I am now turning my focus toward childbirth education. It would be WONDERFUL to have a copy of the new film to share with women and their partners and see it impact their lives as much as it has mine.

  30. Janet Gourley says:

    I am a doula and an RN and I assist a nurse midwife with home births and would love to add these videos to our collection to share with our clients.

  31. I would love to win a set of these DVD’s! They would go great in my lending Library!
    Thanks for all you do for the birthing community. <3

  32. Stephanie says:

    I would love to add this to my doula library!

  33. Adrienne says:

    BOBB was an amazing doc. I can’t wait to see these additional stories.

  34. I would love a copy of MBoBB to share with my wonderful homebirth community and anyone else who wants to know what birth options they have. What a fabulous giveaway!

  35. Tanya says:

    I was SO impacted by the first dvd, that I ended up using the info I learned from it to convince my husband that we needed to birth at home & had my last 2 at home! YAY!!! A dream come true! If I win a copy of “More Business of Being Born”, I would use it to share w/ women who *think* they *must* have their babies in a hospital to empower them to think AGAIN & have them in whatever place THEY wish!!!

  36. Lia says:

    While I am not pregnant right now my husband and I know we want kids in the next couple years so I am researching everything I can now to be prepared for when I am pregnant. That way I will know what I want already and have one less thing to be stressed about. I wish to win this dvd set to further be prepared for all my options and have greater trust in my body to have a positive and healthy birth.

  37. Shannon says:

    These would be an AMAZING addition to my lending library. What fabulous information to share with my doula clients! Would LOVE winning these!

  38. I need this! The first movie was enough to convince me, but my family could use a little more convincing! :-)

  39. Melissa May says:

    I liked the page and can’t wait to see this documentary! I would love to win my own copy because I am pregnant and planning for my first home birth in March. I have several pregnant friends and all of them are planning hospital births and one is planning a scheduled c-section. I would love to share this information with them all in the hopes of educating them further about their birth options. Education is key!

  40. Raelyn says:

    I am a student Midwife and a mother of 5. Homebirth changed my life! I am working hard to help homebirth be an option in my rural community.

  41. Michelle says:

    I liked the TBOBB on FB and I’d love to win the new series. I have not only learnt many things I’d never knew existed through TBOBB but the documentary has led me down a path in which not only will my future children’s lives be unimaginably more healthy but I am now confident in my ability to birth and mother them.

  42. Alyson says:

    I would like More BOBB so that I can share it with everyone I know :) the first BOBB was very insperational and I know this one will be too!

  43. Shannon says:

    Ever since having my own home birth, I’ve been passionate about sharing natural birth with my friends. I’ve even considered becoming a childbirth educator in the future. I would love to have this set of videos. The Business of Being Born was so wonderful and inspiring, and I can’t wait to see Ricki & Abby’s next installment! I want to show it to everyone I know!

  44. Cierra McCartney says:

    I “liked” BOBB on FaceBook. And I would lOvE to win a copy of the dvd because I am a Birth Doula and I have all of my clients watch the first BOBB, this would be added to that requirement. Thanks!


  45. I liked the BOBB page and I would like to win this set because I am a Doula and childbirth educator and I would love to add this to my library and list of resources for clients!

  46. Krista Whipple says:

    I would love to win to copy of MBOBB! The first documentary changed my life. I’m currently pregnant with my first child and looking forward to my peaceful home birth in Dec. I’m also writing a paper in support of natural childbirth and would love to use the new DVDs as a source.

  47. Andrea Wagner says:

    I am a Family Nurse Practitioner that does prenatal care and a young wife that hopes to have children naturally sometime soon. I loved BOBB and would LOVE a copy of the new video to share with my patients and friends! Thanks for all you do.

  48. Shannon says:

    I absolutely loved The business of being born and have shown my copy to so many of my friends as they enter pregnancy. I am currently studying to be a midwife (CPM)and would absolutely love a copy of More Business of being born to add to my collection of inspirational DVD’s to loan out. Let’s change this world, one birth at a time! ;-)

  49. Christy says:

    I’d love a copy to lend out to new parents to show them they have OPTIONS! :)

  50. Susan Alexander says:

    I would really like to win More BOBB for myself and eventually I’m hoping to become a doula or a midwife and then I’d have it to share with my clients! I’d love to have it to share with as many people as possible!



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