The Business of Being Born is a 2008 documentary film that explores the contemporary experience of childbirth in the United States. Produced by Ricki Lake, it compares various childbirth methods, including midwives, natural births, epidurals, and Cesarean sections. The film criticizes the American health care system with its emphasis on medicines and costly interventions and its view of childbirth as a medical emergency rather than a natural occurrence.
The film documents actual home births and water births. They follow a midwife, Cara, in New York, as she takes care of and attends several births. It provides statistics about our current birthing techniques and the challenges faced by today's doctors. Many experts are interviewed and they cite a multitude of reasons for these challenges, such as the overuse of medical procedures in the interest of saving time.