Back when I decided to birth my fourth baby at home, I found Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein’s documentary The Business of Being Born extremely resourceful. Whether you’re planning a homebirth or hospital birth, it’s full of mind-blowing information about just how the “business” of having babies in the U.S. works. It was also a tool I used to educate my family to better understand our birthing choices.
Ricki and Abby have just announced that they are using Kickstarter to raise money for the completion and marketing of their newest doc More Business of Being Born. It is a follow-up to The Business of Being Born (I own a couple copies and it is also available to watch instantly on Netflix). More Business of Being Born will be released in four parts, featuring subjects such as doulas and midwives to celebrity birth stories – all meant to empower women by providing the necessary information to make the best birth decisions possible.
“Ricki and I have spent countless hours making this documentary – so many, in fact, that we have to release it in four parts! Every dollar raised through this Kickstarter campaign will help us pay for the release of the film,” said filmmaker Abby Epstein. “More important, however, is that all of the money contributed to the campaign helps spread the word about the various options expectant women have when planning their births.”
“In an effort to turn-up the dialogue about childbirth options, we are asking women everywhere to visit Kickstarter and learn about More Business of Being Born,” continued Epstein. “As Ricki and I look to distribute and market this film ourselves, the support of the ‘mom community’ is more important than ever and will help us continue to encourage a more empowered generation of women.”
You can give as little as $1, with rewards ranging from digital downloads of More Business of Being Born ($5), copies of all four DVDs (a $65 donation), and even a private screening of the film in Los Angeles followed by dinner with Ricki and Abby (a $2000 donation). There is even an option to donate $10,000 – in return, Ricki Lake will fly to a donor’s home and host a private screening or a baby shower! (Now THAT is awesome.)
Did you watch The Business of Being Born? Will you consider donating to help their next movie?