How many of you have seen the documentary film, ‘The Business of Being Born?‘ We did, and I can’t be thankful enough. Although it was based from a primarily American perspective, I was fascinated with the exposure into the business-sided, control aspect of the maternity care system. Much of which translates over into what happens in Canada.
We may have very different health care systems but the end result is often the same. Birthing is regularly treated as a likely dire medical emergency, rather than the natural life process that it is. Their aim was to be empowering and informative, to help provide women with the best possible knowledge in making informed birthing decisions.
They hit the nail on the head. Since it’s debut in 2008, it’s success and message has exploded like wildfire. It has branched out into an online community that’s jam-packed with helpful resources, a database of doula’s and midwives and infallible support for expectant mama’s.
So it comes as no short surprise that yesterday, Executive Producer Ricki Lake and filmmaker Abby Epstein announced their plans to create a follow-up to their ground-breaking doc. They are using Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowd-based fundraising platform, to raise money for the completion and marketing of their upcoming, self-released documentary, More Business of Being Born. Presented in four parts, each containing subject matter ranging from doulas and midwives to celebrity birth stories, no doubt to be as entertaining and informative as it’s predecessor.
“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,” said Abby 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.”
“Every dollar raised through this Kickstarter campaign will help us pay for the release of the film,” countinued Abby. “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.”