Ricki Lake Defends Documentary

Ricki Lake responds to physicians groups that have singled her out for bringing attention to at-home childbirth.

The 39-year-old former talk-show host was called out in a recent statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that says the home is not the safest setting for having a baby.

In her film The Business of Being Born, a documentary about the maternity care system that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Lake is shown giving birth in the bathtub of her Manhattan apartment to her second son Owen, who turns 7 on Wednesday.

The ACOG statement, supported in a resolution Tuesday by the American Medical Association, said, “There has been much attention in the media by celebrities having home deliveries,” citing a Today Show headline that read “Ricki Lake takes on the baby birthing industry: Actress and former talk show host shares her at-home delivery in her new film.”

“It’s scary that both (the ACOG and the AMA) have sort of targeted me,” Lake told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “And, you know, I’m all about choice. This is not unlike the abortion issue. I am pro-choice when it comes to childbirth and choices in birth. Home birth was around long before hospitals were taking over — and I just think women need to know (the information) so that they can make the best choice for them.”

The AMA resolves in the statement to support state legislation “that helps ensure safe deliveries and healthy babies by acknowledging that the safest setting” is a hospital, connected birthing center or other approved facility.

I disagree with both associations. This documentary responsibly shows expectant mothers alternative options that are supervised by trained professionals. Its not like she is promoting free birthing…

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