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Filmmakers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein take a deeper look into the controversies and choices surrounding modern childbirth.
Filmmakers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein take a deeper look into the controversies and choices surrounding modern childbirth.
1,514 backers pledged $121,679 to help bring this project to life.


Dear “More Business of Being Born” Backers,

WE DID IT!!  Thank you all so much for making our project happen.  This is amazing!  We are thrilled to announce that “More Business of Being Born” is now fully funded for self-distribution.

This means we will be able to pay for publicity, marketing, advertising, and all our other self-distribution costs and can move forward with our October 18th release!

We can now launch our new web store this month on, where you will be able to pre-order all the DVD’s.  Beginning August 8th, you will also be able to catch some sneak previews of the new films on our website and on October 18th we will release them all!

We would like to send a special shout-out to Dr. Glen Elrod, OB/GYN of Wasilla, Alaska who pushed us over the top with a $10,000 pledge.  We love hearing about heroic obstetricians like Dr. Elrod, whose solo practice provides hospital back-up for all the area’s midwives. (Who knew that Wasilla has an almost 30% rate of out-of-hospital birth?) Ricki has already booked her plane tickets to Alaska to host Dr. Elrod’s wife’s baby shower and a local screening of “More Business of Being Born.”  

It’s been a wild ride for us on Kickstarter, but it’s not over.  We can fund the project over 100% so that we have even more resources to get the word out about birthing options.

So please keep spreading the word and check out this recent article on - and keep an eye on for an upcoming article as well!  Let’s see if we can take this through the roof in the final 5 days!

Maybe there’s even another Dr. Elrod out there? We’re ready to book another flight!

Lastly, here is a little home video of Ricki’s son Owen during the magic Kickstarter moment:)

Love & Thanks,

Ricki & Abby


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    1. Carolyn Hastie on October 21, 2011

      Crystal, I'm horrified that doctor said that to you :( having it on film is very powerful. Sometimes people who should know so much better leave us breathless with their lack of sensitivity!

      I'm so grateful Ricki and Abby are making these fabulous mind opening movies - so good for humanity and such an antidote for the insensitive comments and unhelpful social messages being promoted around childbearing. I too am so proud to add my little bit to the project. love and hugs, Carolyn

    2. Crystal on July 14, 2011

      Woohoo! I am honored to be a backer...a small contribution felt like a drop in the bucket, but thank goodness you have so many strong supporters behind you! Thank you for doing this again! The first documentary was monumental. It helped me stand up to the doctors in a calm, very educated fashion (even though I wanted to sock him in the nose) Even though I had a short calm delivery & after my beautiful, healthy son was put in my arms...he made a quick comment about a mid-wife who delivered a "dead baby" because she did what the Mother asked. Bastard!'s on my son's birth video...nice. Ricky, you can use it in your video if you want it! ...Really, thank you so much. Keep soldiering on!

    3. Candida Tolentino on July 9, 2011

      Yay!! This is a LIFE-CHANGING, powerful, ENLIGHTENING project you have embarked upon & 1,000 congratulations for having reached your goal (early)!!!! Thank you so much for exposing much-needed truths about birthing options and misinformation that had many, including ME, believing that a conventional, in-hospital birth was the only way to go! I'm so glad to have found you here on kickstarter - I watched the documentary twice last weekend as a result, & now, the hubby & I are sold on natural birth and being as educated as possible on all OPTIONS concerning our health care- we really have you to thank! So thank you very much & BRAVO!! :)

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      Stephanie Sosnowski on July 9, 2011

      Congratulations -- keep up the great work!!

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      Heather Moran on July 9, 2011

      Congratulations to you! I am honored to be a part of your success, even though it was small! Good luck and I look forward to October 18!
      Much love and happy birthing!

    6. Jenny Hatch on July 8, 2011

      So happy for all of you, Love the power of the web! Can't wait to see what you are preparing, BOBB changed the lives of my friends who watched it. Love, Jenny Hatch

    7. Terry Larson on July 8, 2011

      love it! cant wait to see the movie(s)!!!!

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      Jennifer Lake on July 8, 2011

      Owen is ridiculously adorable! I love this video. xoxo

    9. Colleen Burns on July 8, 2011

      So cute! Ricki - Owen looks JUST like you!

    10. Marcia Castro on July 8, 2011

      So excited! Congrats!!!!