Ricki Lake is Taking over the World one Child Birth at a Time (PHOTOS)
Lake had a dream of communities coming together to help bring awareness to birthing tragedies. She teamed up with Abby Epstein for the acclaimed documentary, The Business of Being Born, which explores the experience of childbirth in the United States. Now they’re expanding the topic with a series of four more follow up documentaries called More Business of Being Born.
“Women should feel empowered while giving birth,” Ricki tells Celebuzz. “They should have a healthy baby as well as a healthy birth and if they can be empowered by their experience then they can take on the world.”
“If they have a more positive child birth,” she adds, “then their experience will be something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
Each documentary in the upcoming series gives women the chance to open up about their birthing experience and ask questions. Both Ricki and Abby do their best to answer questions they may have.
There’s a method to every madness. So, what’s Ricki’s method behind The Business of Being Born and More Business of Being Born?
She says that September 11th was a major turning point in her life, as she actually watched the planes hit the Twin Towers with her 4-year-old son next to her.
“As I watched the world change before my eyes I asked myself, what do I want my legacy to be? And Business of Being Born was how I wanted to be remembered,” she says.
In the upcoming series, celebrity moms such as Gisele Bundchen and Alanis Morissette turn to Lake for guidance when it came to their home births. Gisele and husband Tom Brady delivered their baby in water, while Alanis gave birth in the comfort of her own home.
What else has Ricki been up to? Celebuzz got the chance to talk with her and get the inside scoop.
We know you’ve been involved with the Kickstarter campaign, but what exactly is kickstarter?
It’s a platform in which film makers and artists can venture on their own and raise funds (or donations) to reach a goal and in return they get rewards.
People have noticed that you recently amped your social media presence by joining twitter and blogging. What made you want to join the social media world?
I have always loved social media. With all the projects that I have been involved with, it’s a good way to let people know [what I'm up to].
What can fans expect to learn from you on your new talk show coming in September 2012?
My take is that I’m in your shoes. I’m just wanting to learn and grow, and I think I want to do that with my audience and in front of the camera again.
If you want to learn more about Ricki Lake’s latest projects head to www.kickstarter.com or follow her on twitter (@rickilake) to get the scoop on her upcoming events that come straight from Ms. Ricki Lake herself.