I stumbled into the world of natural childbirth by accident—there was nothing left to watch on Netflix. My queue was empty; no edgy new TV series to binge on. This is usually the time when I start perusing the documentary category, trying to better myself, looking for something educational and enlightening to offset the countless hours consumed by mindless television.
Having a baby wasn’t even on my radar yet, so I’m not sure what exactly drew me to the “The Business of Being Born.” It must have had high ratings since I usually only give a Netflix title a shot if it’s earned four or more stars. For those of you who are not yet familiar, “The Business of Being Born” is a controversial Ricki Lake documentary that examines America’s maternity care system—pulling back the curtain on the alleged overuse of birth interventions like inductions, epidurals, C-sections and some drug that made Ricki really wig out.
Oh, but this is not the Ricki Lake you might be thinking of from the nineties; the host of a peppy talk show featuring sassy makeovers, nor is it the pudgy yet loveable Ricki from the cult-classic “Hairspray.” No, this is the naked, water birthing, breasts flopping about, Ricki Lake. Ricki X-Rated.