Update: Giveaway: Ricki Lake's The Business of Being Born premieres in LA

Update: The winner isMelissa from Encino, CA, who shared this experience:

I gave birth at UCLA Westwood using the midwives.  I had wanted to use a birthing center, but I was on Medi-Cal and they would not cover a non-hospital birth.  However, I did go all natural, no drugs, vax, or interventions.  I had an extensive birthplan and the only regret that I was talked into temporary fetal monitoring–and I was really well read ahead of time and still fell for it.  Also, the hospital does not allow partners to stay overnight without ponying up for a really expensive suite, and the kitchen service screwed up my food twice (I have Celiac disease and must be really careful).  On the plus side, I guess no one has a successful  natural birth there, because we had nurses and interns coming into quiz us on why and how we did it.  It was a great chance to educate them.  And I have the most wonderful, alert, funny daughter in the world.

I can’t wait to see this movie–which is difficult, since I have a 5 month old at home.  I may have to wait for Netflix 🙂  But I’ve become an even bigger advocate for natural birth–and plan to specialize in pregnancy massage as part of my practice–I’m a certified massage therapist.


Natural Mama Media hosted the LA premiere of Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein’s new documentary,
The Business of Being Born, benefiting BLOOM, a nonprofit organization dedicated to natural mothering.

The Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills was brimming with celebrity moms walking the red carpet and placing bids on over 100 amazing items at the silent auction tent. There was great food, music, The Hot Moms Club greeted the movie goers as they entered the theatre with a table of goodies and information.

The Business of Being Born is a documentary exposing the hard-corerealities of delivering babies in today’s world. Ricki was so committedto this project, she includes footage of her own birth in it. She’s ina bathtub, nude and 195 pounds, by her own admission a very courageouschoice. But also imperative. She and her director Abby Epstein wantwomen everyone to learn how to feel empowered by their birth experienceby giving them real information about the choices they have.

For more information about the movie and the event, read Hot Moms Club’s exclusive interview with Ricki and Abby.


Celebrity moms who came out to support Ricki (who looked fabulous!!) and see her documentary, including Cindy Crawford, a pregnant Brooke Burke and fiance David Charvet, pregnant Angela Kinsey, Holly Robinson Peete, Carrie-Ann Moss, Camryn Manheim, Joely Fisher, Josie Maran, Debra Gibson and many more. Click Continue Reading for more photos from the event.

Each guest walked away with gift bags worth over $750 containing goodies from Bloomin’ Belly Soaps, Fresh Mommy, Fuzzi Bunz Diapers,BabyLegs, Hot Moms Club, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Oasis Child, Hotslings, Wubba Nub, Love Me Baby Me,Moby Wrap, Ah Goo Baby, Tiny Revolutionary, G Diapers, Mothering magazine, and you can WIN ONE for yourself!

Click Continue Reading to find out how to enter!

Enter to win this gift bag!Email the following info to celebritybabyblogATgmail.com (make sure you replace AT with @):

  • Your full name and mailing address.
  • Where did you give birth (hospital, birthing center, home, etc.) Were you happy with your labor and delivery?
  • Are you interested in seeing this movie in a theatre or at home (Netflix will have it available on February 12)?
  • Visit www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com and give us the link to where you can find a local screening.
  • Make sure you put The Business of Being Born" in the subject line in order for your entryto be counted.

Giveaway closes Tuesday, January 22 at 7 am EST. (For giveaway terms & conditions, click here.)

Ricki Lake



Brooke Burkefor more photos of Brooke at the event, click here. Brooke and David expect their second child together in early March. Together they already have Heaven Rain, 1, and Brooke also has two daughters, Neriah, 7 ½, and Sierra Sky, 5 ½, with Dr. Garth Fisher.

Brooke Burke pregnant

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford

Angela Kinseyfor more photos of Angela at the event, click here. She and husband, Warren Lieberstein, expect their first child, a daughter, on May 9th.

Annabeth Gish


Camryn Manheim


Carrie-Ann Moss


Holly Robinson Peete


Joely Fisher


Josie Maran


Photos from Flynet

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