Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein first collaborated on their landmark documentary, The Business of Being Born, a grassroots phenomenon that has become required viewing for expectant parents and childbirth educators.  The film’s ongoing impact inspired their follow-up series, More Business of Being Born, featuring Alanis Morissette, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Giselle Bundchen and many others. 


The revelation that women were unaware of their childbirth options ignited a passion in Ricki and Abby to lift the veil on other areas of women’s reproductive health.  After questioning how birth became a medical procedure, they began investigating the business of hormonal birth control and the powerful pharmaceuticals that are marketed as “lifestyle drugs.”  


It’s controversial to push back against the forces of the medical-industrial complex, but we are in a moment where women are seeking unbiased information and holistic, empowering forms of healthcare that are tailored to their individual needs. The more informed we are about our bodies and our choices, the more we can advocate for ourselves.  


Twelve years after the release of The Business of Being Born, we’re excited to launch THE BUSINESS OF…, a production company that uncovers the truths​ behind the business of women's reproductive health.



The Business of Birth Control

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Looking at the complex relationship of hormonal contraception to women’s health and liberation, The Business of Birth Control blows the whistle on how hormonal birth control affects the mind and body, capturing a new feminist health movement that is redefining reproductive justice. 

Coming in 2021

The Business of Being Born

Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, Ricki Lake explores the maternity care system in America with filmmaker Abby Epstein.

More Business of Being Born

Following the landmark documentary, The Business of Being Born,  comes a four part DVD series that continues the provocative and entertaining exploration of the modern maternity care system, featuring poignant 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.




The Face of Birth

An inspiring look at how wonderful birth can be when your right to choose how, where and with whom you give birth is respected and protected


Pregnant bodies are easier for society to accommodate. What follows birth is a different, messier story. Breastmilk follows the lives of breastfeeding women and addresses the many questions around breast milk.

The Mama Sherpas

The unheard story of midwives working within the hospital system.

Weed The People

Medical marijuana has the potential to save lives,  but existing legislation prohibits millions of Americans from experiencing the life changing benefits of cannabis as a cancer treatment. This look beyond politics and propaganda will challenge everything you might have known about cannabis and reveals the brave stories of ordinary families who are exploring the benefits of medical marijuana to save the lives of their most precious loved ones – their children.



Take charge of your reproductive health! Here's how YOU can be part of The Business of Birth Control's production.

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