Giveaway! More Business of Being Born!

This giveaway is now closed: Kelli, Stephanie Lee, Luta, and Jessica (jessiegirl) were the four winners!

Today the long-awaited sequel to the Business of Being Born is released! I should have a review of the film to share with you soon and I’m so excited about this film. But, even better than a review, I am hosting a giveaway in honor of the film’s release today! More Business of Being Born consists of four approximately one hour films centering on different themes (see summaries below). We will have four lucky winners of this giveaway—one per film. Each winner will receive a code to watch one of the films for free. To enter, simply leave a comment below letting me know which of the four you’d most like to see! I will draw the winners via random.org next Monday.

Here is a little bit more about More Business of Being Born:

Ricki & Alanis

This release follows their landmark documentary, The Business of Being Born, with a four part DVD series that continues their provocative and entertaining exploration of the modern maternity care system. More Business of Being Born, available November 8th, offers a practical look at birthing options as well as poignant celebrity birth stories from stars including Alanis Morissette, Gisele Bundchen, Christy Turlington-Burns, Cindy Crawford, Molly Ringwald, Laila Ali, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Melissa Joan Hart.

And, you can check out the trailer here too:

Film summaries:

DVD #1

Down on The Farm: Conversations with Legendary Midwife Ina May Gaskin

Follow Executive Producer Ricki Lake and Director Abby Epstein to The Farm Community in Summertown, Tennessee, where pioneer midwife Ina May Gaskin talks candidly about the latest birth trends and the art of midwifery. Gaskin, who was featured in the original The Business of Being Born, sparked Lake’s initial interest in natural birth and has continued to inspire the filmmaking duo’s advocacy efforts. Also on the journey is pregnant actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who has enlisted a midwife to attend the birth of her second child and joins the filmmakers in meeting The Farm’s famous midwives and touring the picturesque birth cabins in the woods. In the poignant final sequence, Gaskin exhibits her Safe Motherhood Quilt and calls for a deeper examination into the rising maternal mortality rate in the US. (Running Time: 55 min)

DVD #2

Special Deliveries: Celebrity Mothers Talk Straight on Birth

Featuring celebrity moms Laila Ali, Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford, Alyson Hannigan, Melissa Joan Hart, Kellie Martin, Alanis Morissette, Christy Turlington-Burns and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Special Deliveries is a collection of intimate birth stories from a diverse group of mothers. Whether they chose to deliver at a hospital, home or birthing center, these heartfelt and humorous testimonies speak to the lasting power of the birth experience. True inspiration for any mother-to-be, this group of women trusted their bodies and intuitions, taking responsibility for their birth decisions even when things didn’t go according to plan. None of these courageous women has ever spoken on the record in such compelling detail, and, on this DVD, the filmmakers weave together their passionate narratives as a celebration of the journey to motherhood that will leave viewers with a renewed sense of amazement about the power of women.
(Running Time: 74 min)

DVD # 3

Explore Your Options: Doulas, Birth Centers & C-Sections

The most comprehensive and educational DVD in the series, Explore Your Options offers birth-planning guidance around key topics such as the role of doulas (labor support specialists,) the advantages of birth centers and the alarming escalation of cesarean sections in the United States and Brazil. Epstein and Lake talk to doulas about why their profession is currently booming and uncover why having a good doula can make-or-break the entire birth experience. They look at the ever-growing rates of inductions and c-sections, which have reached 50% in many US hospitals and more than 99% in some private hospitals in Brazil. How “safe” are these cesarean surgeries, and what are the health implications for the mothers and babies? Explore Your Options examines the pros and cons of birth centers, described as a perfect middle ground between home and hospital. Special features include Alanis Morissette and Alyson Hannigan on the advantages of doulas, Christy Turlington Burns on her unexpected complications at a birth center, Molly Ringwald on how she avoided a cesarean birth with her twins and Gisele Bundchen and Michelle Alves on the cesarean epidemic in their native Brazil. (Running Time: 102 min)

DVD #4

The VBAC Dilemma: What Your Options Really Are

The VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) has become a hot-button issue in the modern maternity care system, as one in three new mothers will give birth via cesarean section. Are all of these mothers then forced to undergo a repeat cesarean the next time around? Epstein and Lake posed that question to dozens of experts, determining the surprising truth about VBACs. They also follow several women’s stories – both those who succeed and fail at attempting a VBAC – including that of filmmaker Abby Epstein, whose first c-section delivery was depicted in the dramatic, final moments of The Business of Being Born.
(Running Time: 51 min)

51 thoughts on “Giveaway! More Business of Being Born!

  1. Can’t wait to see this! though it would be even better to win it. 🙂
    I would LOVE to hear the interview with Ina May, how awesome will that be?!
    It will be fun to see the celebrity moms part too, while usually that whole endorsement by celebrity thing bugs me, it is nice to see that more well-known people are helping spread the word about a more natural approach to birth.

  2. These all look brilliant. The original documentary was brilliant so expect the same of all of these. Hard to pick just one to settle on, but think I’d have to go for Number 3 since I aspire to work as a doula when my children are older

  3. I would love to win any of the DVDs and am completely excited about the release!
    If I had to choose just one, it would be Down on the Farm. I am in school now getting prerequisites done to go to nursing school, then moving on to certification in Midwifery and am saving money to take a trip to The Farm (hopefully next Summer).

  4. I would love to watch/win DVD number 2. So many people in our society idolize celebrities. i am curious of their take on birth.

    Glad these films are being released and grateful for the conversations they will spark. Nothing changes if we don’t talk about it!!

  5. I would really like to see DVD #3. I gve been doing quite a bit of research regarding this topic and it is intriguing to me! I have given birth at home twice and at a hospital once. I have watched The Business of being Born numerous times and recommend it to everyone! My midwife now hands out copies to sceptical mothers as well!

  6. I would love to see them all, but if I had to pick just one it would be #3. I am having my second child, first homebirth sometime in the next few weeks. When baby is good and ready to enter the world, on their own time!

  7. I would also love to see the interviews with Ina May Gaskin in film #1. We need to do more to catch up to the developed world in correctly recording and reporting our maternal mortality!

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  9. I am sooooo excited to see these!!! I really can NOT miss Down on the Farm OR Special Deliveries. GREAT giveaway. Thank you!

  10. Ah, Having a hard time picking which one I’d like to see the most! Probably the Down on the Farm dvd. But Explore your options and VBAC sound so awesome too! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  11. I would most like to see Down on the Farm, as my second child was born with a midwife who was one of those homebirths on the farm 30+ years ago. I would be really excited to see any of them!

  12. Wow I love the first one and can’t wait to see this one! I am torn between seeing Ina May and the Celebrities one! I think I will go with Ina May! Thank you for showing the clips!

  13. I would love to see DVD #1 Down on the Farm. I am an aspiring midwife and I loved all of Ina May Gaskin’s books. Can’t wait to see this sequel!

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