Ricki Lake has a long resume: actress, former talk show host, documentary filmmaker, and mom. She's also acommitted natural childbirth advocate who wants women to be educated about their options when it comes to giving birth.
In her new book, Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choics, and Take Back the Birth Experience, she and co-author Abby Epstein provide tons of info and advice to help women choose the kind of birth that's right for them.
Here's part 1 of my interview with her about the book and the process of giving birth.
Look for part 2 tomorrow -- and enter today to win a copy of the book! I'm giving away three. Read on for the interview and for details on the giveaway....
Abby and I were both doing screenings of the film around the country and we always did Q and A’s at the end of each screening. At these Q&A’s we realized that there were so many questions yet to be answered. There are so many areas that we couldn’t cover in an 85-minute documentary. We felt that, just as the documentary is a tool for families having a baby, a book could provide more information for people to make informed, empowered decisions about the choices available to them during childbirth.
Does a woman's "best birth" necessarily mean a drug-free home birth?
No. That ended up being what was right for me. It was my second son, and that was something that was important to me.
We want women to know that they have choices and to know about all of the options that are available to them—all so that they may make educated decisions. I don’t judge any woman for the choices she makes, I just want her to have access to the correct information and not just go along with what her care provider tells her is best for her.
What would you tell moms is the *most important* part in planning their best birth?
Again, it’s about doing your homework and really caring about the process of giving birth. There are so many decisions that go into where you have a baby. It’s an opportunity for moms to have an incredibly empowering experience.
Having a baby is incredible no matter how the baby comes out or how you become a mother. But I really think that if women are active participants in the decision-making process, they can feel like they are part of the entire birth experience.
Come back for part 2 of the interview tomorrow....
Now, for that giveaway.
I'm giving away three copies of Your Best Birth, $23. To enter to win one, tell me:
How do you envision "your best birth?"
Here are the rules....
Three moms who reply to this post with a comment by
11:59pm (EST) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Your Best Birth*. Only your first comment counts as an entry; I'll discount all the others.
*No Purchase Necessary. Starts Monday, May 11, 2009 at 7am EST and ends Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. residents, 16 years and older, who are CafeMom members. Void where prohibited. Click here for Official Rules.