Sara Hammel
June 18, 2008 01:50 AM

Ricki Lake and doctor groups are embroiled in a heated new feud over the safety of having babies at home.

“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,” Lake, 39, tells the Associated Press.

Lake, whose documentary The Business of Being Born features footage of her home birth of son Owen, now 7, is accusing doctors’ groups of targeting her strong views on the benefits of midwifery and home births.

The dispute started when the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a recent statement citing “much attention in the media by celebrities having home deliveries” and pointing to a January Today show segment in which the former talk-show host discussed her film and Owen’s birth.

The American Medical Association issued a resolution last month stating its support of the ACOG’s official recommendation that “the safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital.”

Lake fired back, saying the doctors missed the point.

“It’s scary that both (the ACOG and the AMA) have sort of targeted me,” she told the AP 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.”

Despite her preference for home births – she says she was “empowered, I was transformed and I would love for women to have had that opportunity” – Lake, whose older son Milo, 10, was born in a hospital, stressed to Today back in January, “I’m not anti-doctor, I’m not anti-hospital.”

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