CBB Reader Diana wrote up the following synopsis of today’s episode of The View in which Ricki Lake was the guest co-host. They spent the first10 minutes talking about her new documentary, The Business of Being Born.
Highlights of the conversation include:
- She emphasized that she is trying to send a message about having a choicein how you’re going to have your baby.
- She said that in Europe and Japan, 70% of births are attended by midwivesand they have fewer newborn deaths and fewer maternal deaths.
- She said she wants to get information out to the public so women can makeinformed choices about childbirth. She’s happy that she gets to be anadvocate for women’s choice.
- She talked about how she was transformed by giving birth to her baby,without being "saved" by a doctor, in her home on her terms.
- And she said that midwives are more trained in normal birth than doctors– OB’s are trained surgeons.
Joy Behar was skeptical/negative about the whole home birth concept. Sheseemed to also be skeptical that midwives are even adequately trained.Rosie O’Donnell said, "These midwives are trained. They’re not like theneighborhood lady who wants to come out. They’re trained medical experts."
Rosie said that when the movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, itwas the only film to get a standing ovation. ElisabethHasselbeck said it was a service to women to let them know all thedifferent ways they can give birth.
They also showed a clip of the movie showing Ricki in labor at home and herreflecting on the birth. Read more about The Business of Being Born in our recent post.
And while you’re at it, check out this fascinating interview/slideshow with a certified professional midwife in Ohio, Like Heaven Into My Hands.
Also, click below for a video from the show.
Did you give birth at home or are you considering it for a future birth?