Should birth be perceived as a natural life process or should every delivery be considered a medical emergency? The Business of Being Born is a 2008 documentary centered on the concept of giving birth as well as how some individuals turned a natural part of life into a business. Actress and talk show host, Ricki Lake, explores the maternity care system in the US.
Together with filmmaker Abby Epstein, Lake uncovers the distrust behind hospital doors as well as featured several couples who decided to give birth under their own terms. Most hospitals featured on the documentary were located in New York. By the end of the film, Epstein discovers that she herself is pregnant and shockingly, learns that the life of her child is on the line.