Tuesday, November 08, 2011

More Business of Being Born (Giveaway!)

**This giveaway has ended. Thank you to all who entered -nearly 100 of you!- and I really hope you all get to see the film at some point.
Congratulations to the winner, Amber! Woot! Amber please contact me with your mailing address and we'll get your prize shipped out.**

I'm six months into my third pregnancy and at this point, 'baby talk' is an equally passionate subject as food. My girlfriends can attest to the fact that I could talk birth and babies for hours at a time.

The third time around is every bit as exciting for me as the first pregnancy and although I have less (far less) time for reading and research, it is still a priority.

Imagine my delight when a PR rep for Ricki Lake contacted me recently and asked if I would be interested in reviewing her latest documentary series, More Business of Being Born.

Like millions of other women, I had watched The Business of Being Born, Ricki's breakout documentary on the birthing crisis in America, and really enjoyed it. In fact, Danny and I had just recently watched it together and I gleaned even more from the film the second time around.

The timing couldn't have been better for me to be introduced to the film's follow-up series. It was as if all the research I was wishing I had time to do was already done for me and condensed into a tidy 4-DVD package. All I had to do was pop the corn and put my feet up.

I watched all four DVD's last weekend. I cried. I laughed. I took notes. I formulated questions for my doctor. I booked an appointment to interview a doula.

This film touched on so many topics that I needed to learn about. For the first time, the term VBAC is in my vocabulary, as Mateo (my second) was a breech baby and delivered by scheduled C-section. I am an advocate of natural birth (Noah was an all-natural, drug-free delivery) and sincerely hope to avoid surgery this time around. MBOBB answered a lot of my questions regarding VBAC's.

I'm incredibly thankful for this new, eye opening documentary on modern birth made by women for women.

Mateo and I, 2008.

Today 'More Business of Being Born' premieres in L.A. and around North America (
find a screening) and I'm here to tell you that it is a MUST SEE for expecting parents or future parents.

I'm giving away More Business of Being Born: The Complete Box Set at the bottom of the post, but first, read a little about what each film contains!

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.

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. 

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.

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.


Thanks to our friends at MBOBB, I have the complete DVD set to giveaway.

Giveaway Prize: 1 copy of More Business of Being Born: The Complete Box Set (4 DVD's) Value: $59.99

To Enter the Giveaway: Leave a comment on this post. That's it.

** This giveaway is now closed. A big thank you to all who entered!**

Giveaway will end in one week, on November 15 at 11:59. Good luck to all!


Jennifer Jo said...

Count me in!!!

Jeanna said...

I'm hoping to become a mother in the next few years. It'd be great to start my research with these DVDs. Thanks for the giveaway!

Katie said...

I have a friend who's a doula in training, I'd love to give this to her! (I'm finished with having babies myself :)

MrsA said...

I loved The Business of Being Born so I can't wait to see this one!

Bruce said...

The Business of Being Born is excellent and I recommend it to every pregnant woman. I'm looking forward to seeing the next one! Go midwife assisted home births!

AnneHD said...

I'm expecting my first child and was already planning to watch the BOBB with my husband. I'd be very happy to watch the new series too -- we have so much to learn!

Amy said...

I would love-love-love a copy of this...just found out we're expecting so I'm getting my education on! THANKS, Aimee!

Bethany said...

I would LOVE a copy of this! *crosses fingers*

Trapper and Suzy said...

Wow, this would be amazing to have! Even if I don't win it, I'm going to find it and watch it. In about a year, we'll be planning for our third child, so I'd love to have this information and share it with my friends.

Allison Anderson said...

I've given birth to three babies (all girls) and each time was different. I love hearing about other women's experiences. Definitely need to watch this series!

Sarah said...

I would LOVE to have this dvd set. I had a planned home birth that I was unable to see happen. I would love to watch this and share it with EVERYONE I KNOW!

Allison said...

I loved the first one, and would love this one too! I just had my first daughter and had midwives at a birth center until I needed to transfer to the hospital and have a c-section. I would love to watch the one on VBACs especially, as that's what I want for the next pregnancy!

jodie said...

What a great giveaway! I'm 6 months pregnant with my second, so the timing is perfect :) I'll seek it out anyway, sounds really informative. Thanks!

Jennifer said...

I am so excited to see More Business of Being Born. The first documentary really changed the way I viewed birth.

Christy said...

I can not wait to watch this. The Business of Being Born changed my husbands whole view on birth and I'm grateful that he was finally on my side.

Jenna Anderson said...

I would love to see these.

Alissa Maxwell said...

How cool! I would love to watch this series and share these DVDs with other women I know who are expecting.

ryanandlaura247 said...

Thanks! Thought the Business of Being Born was great- can't wait to see the new one.

Chocolatesa said...

That sounds really interesting!

Karen said...

The trailer has me hooked!

Darcy Gray said...

I would love this!!!

jesse k said...

I'm in my 5th month with my 3rd also, and although I will deliver at a hospital, I love love love my midwives and the care and attention they give me!

Monica said...

I haven't seen the first movie yet, but as my husband and I are hoping to start a family very soon, they are on my must-watch list! I've heard very good things about this documentary, and coming from a traditional health-care background, I'm always anxious to learn more about the alternative side.

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies said...

I kept meaning to watch the original film on Netflix but haven't got around to it. My sister is a labor and delivery nurse, and for a while, I entertained the idea of becoming a certified doula before life got in the way, so we talk about labor and delivery a lot. I think we would both love the entire series. If I happen to win, I will take it with me to Texas!

Danielle said...

I'm looking so forward to watching this. I'm hoping to begin midwifery school next year and these movies are doing so much for women and birth!

Melanie said...

Congrats on your pregnancy!

tiffany dover said...

Congrats on your third! My first isn't due until January but he was a complete surprise! I was told I'd never have kids!


The Winns said...

Loved the first Business movie so I'm really excited to see these! We're trying for our second and I'd like to go a different route than the usual hospital birth.

Sara said...

I would absolutely love this DVD set!! I am currently a gestational surrogate pregnant with twins for great friends of ours. I had a boy for them 2 1/2 years ago and have 2 children of my own as well(7 and 6). I loved The Business of Being Born and was so excited when I saw that they were releasing MBOBB :)

Theresa said...

Congratulations! As Maman to two girls, you're in for a treat :) I watched The Business of Being Born when I was pregnant with my first in 2007 and loved loved loved it. My second was born in July and we had a doula with us which we really appreciated. I can't wait to see the follow up!

Esther said...

I'm very interested in seeing this, I learned a lot in the Buisness of Being Born but would really like to learn more as I continue to have children!

Rae said...

Would love to have these. A great resource!

ms. melissa said...

Wow, would love this!

Emily said...

Business of Being Born totally inspired me to have an all natural, drug free birth. I can't wait to see the new films!

Erin said...

Congrats on your third little one! I would love this DVD set. I've begun providing support for parents-to-be in my community and these videos would be so helpful with our discussions.

leslie the young mother said...

The first DVD changed my life (by changing the birth of my first son) - I saw the first of the new movies at a screening and can't wait to see the rest. I can only *dream* of winning my own set! These DVDs are amazing!

Anonymous said...

love this series!!

Ronni McGarty, Doula said...

I can't wait to watch More BBB! What a great contribution to the advocacy of safe and happy childbirth in the USA! I hope every pregnant woman watches this.

patricia renae said...

I just gave birth five weeks ago, completely naturally, to a beautiful, if somewhat large (9 lbs 7 oz), baby boy and my sister is studying to be a midwife. Needless to say, we're both interested in that which surrounds birth and would love to see these DVDs.

Nancy K said...

Sounds like such a great series!

Becca said...

I would love to win! This would be a great resource as I get closer to my due date. I'm hoping for a natural birth!

Sarah said...

What a great resource. Thanks for the chance to win!

The Brown Family said...

I would love to share this with my sister as she is expecting in February!!

alanna said...

Of all the giveaways on the blogs I follow, this is the one I'd most like to win. What a great resource for my and my friends' families.

Anonymous said...

looks great!

Jenn said...

Would love this resource!

Avena_Crataegus said...

Oooh, this is such a cool giveaway!

Natalie Wommack said...

Aimee! this new series is great! So glad that you have gotten to review it and that VBAC is now in your vocabulary!!! I look forward to seeing that particular one and will be waiting to hear of your success!

Anonymous said...

Wow...I SOOO want to see this!

dayodestin said...

very interested in this--thanks for the giveaway!

missweb said...

Cool! and so exciting for you Aimee. If you are considering a doula, I would highly recomment motherwit in NDG. I had one of their midwives with me for my second and it made all the difference for us. Good luck and happy third time round!



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Need this!!!

Super_E said...

I never heard of either of these documentaries until right now. I can't wait to see them!

Unknown said...

I say "yes!" to VBAC.

Anonymous said...

I loved The Business of Being Born, and am definitely excited to see More Business of Being Born! It was a very educational and eye-opening experience!

Nichole said...

I would love to win this giveaway!

Katherine said...

We're hoping for #2 soon and although birthing our daughter went relatively well, I'm looking for inspiration for our second time around!

Kristen said...

I would love to see these DVDs. I planned on a natural childbirth with midwives, but ended up having a c-section. I need to learn about VBACs and my options for the next time around.

Jules said...

I became addicted to the original Business of Being Born while I was pregnant - I recommend it to everyone I know now! Would love these DVDs for myself, and also as a "lendsies" for all my pregnant friends!

Gabrielle said...

I would love to see this! Thank you!

andrea said...

I really want to win this, both as a mom and as a nursing student.

Jenna said...

I loved the BOBB. It cemented my decision to have a HBA2C and could watch it over and over. It was really hard to get my hands on here in Aus. too!
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Marci said...

Sounds great!

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I just had baby #4 in april! They are such a blessing. I love birth, babies, mommies, the whole thing! I am in the process of being certified to teach Bradley Method childbirth classes and would love to add this DVD set to my library for my clients (and myself!) :)

Chloe said...

The first movie completely changed my life (and got my husband on board when he saw that homebirth was more than just another hippie-granola idea from me!) We would love to have this DVD set.

Dee M. said...

I'm so excited they're releasing a new set of films! I can't wait to see it.

Dee M. said...

I'm so excited about this new film! I loved the first one and can't wait to see what else they've put together.

HealthfulMama said...

I have been so excited about this film! I'd love to share this with moms-to-be who I know :)

Anonymous said...

I'm an advocate of doula-assisted birth, if a woman is to have any assistance at all apart from lots of love and encouragement. I'd love to win this set.

TerrieSmith said...

Hi Aimee ! I'd love to watch this DVD set and then pass it on to someone who might now be able to buy it themselves.

Jules Mules said...

LOVED the first movie...would love to see these as well.

Jen said...

I loved the first movie as well and it has changed my whole view of giving birth. I would love to win and may just buy it if I don't!

Stephanie Rimmer said...

Birthing is so beautiful! i would love to have a copy of BoBB. I know lots of doulas who I could share with :)

Rebekah said...

I'm due with my first in May... think this would be super helpful!!

infamousmorris said...

I'm crossing my fingers! This would be so awesome to win. I am currently 6.5 months along, and we are planning our first natural birth... unfortunately there is no one in our area who provides assistance for homebirths :(

Krista said...

I would love this!

Jane said...

I loved The Business of Being Born and this looks interesting as well!

maria said...

I'd love to see this one too!

Kim said...

The Business of Being Born was an incredibly eye-opening film for me, and was part of what lead me to midwifery care and homebirth with my fourth baby. I would love to have this DVD both for my learning, and for the moms I know.

Aunt Kristina said...

I would love to win these--not only am I am mom but I also teach early childhood education and other course on babies and young children. These dvd's would be a huge eye opener for my students

Heather Brandt said...

I'm pregnant for the first time at age 35 and would love to benefit from this DVD set :)

Heather Brandt said...


I forgot to put it in the previous comment :0

Carrie said...

I'd love to watch this! Hoping to have a homebirth whenever we have our next baby. :)

Tracy said...

Oh that trailer has me hooked! Thanks for sharing this.

Sew Lovins said...

Just had #2 natural birth a few weeks ago and love anything related to pregnancy and birth!! Adored BoBB#1 so count me in!! Thanks

Bethany said...

How exciting! Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

Katie T. said...

I would love to win these. The first film was such a motivation to me to have a natural birth with my first and second and looking forward to doing it again sometime soon! : )

Kari said...

I would love this! I'm a 4th year nursing student and my main focus is maternity. I loved the first, and I am very excited to see these!

Elizabeth said...

The first one was so inspirational to me. I'm done having babies, but I spend a lot of time with new and expectant moms and I'd love this second one.

Beth Shaffer said...

I love the Business of Being Born! Ever since seeing it, I have wanted to become a Midwife! I told my hubby that after all 3 kids are in school I am going back to school for this. I want others to have the options that the doctors took from me.

Ashley said...

When I was pregnant with my first a year ago, I did SO much research. BOBB really helped me prepare for my natural birth. Now, I get to be the Doula for a friend of mine in February! I can't wait to see MBOBB and would love to win it!

Kinda Crunchy Kate said...

I'd love to own these. I've had two natural births (one of them at home!), but I'm always looking for resources to educate other mommas out there.

Brittany & Pheaney said...

I'm pregnant with my fourth and would love to win! I've never seen any of the movies, but they sound great.

Michael and Kristine said...

I am pregnant with my third and am looking forward to another natural delivery! (Our first was not, our second was...) I would love to see this DVD - I've heard so much about it.

Lindsay said...

This looks amazing!

Jennifer said...

Would love to see this! Thanks for the giveaway!

Wylie Dashwood said...

I have been meaning to see the first video. Though not a mom, or a soon-to-be mom, birth is such a fascinating subject - stories are always so unique! Thanks for the review!

Jamie Barthel said...

I love this documentary! I watched after I had both of my children. Wish more doctors would worry more about the woman and child more than their own selfish wishes !

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