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Ricki Lake Defends Birthing Documentary

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Ricki Lake supports at-home child birth. - Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com

Ricki Lake was recently criticized by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Medical Association (AMA) for bringing attention to at-home child birth with her film, "The Business of Being Born." In the documentary, the former talk show host is seen giving birth naturally to her now 7-year-old son Owen in her Manhattan apartment.

While Ricki made the movie to show women that there is a safe alternative to hospital birth, the physician groups disagree. The ACOG released a statement saying that "the safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital" - not the home.

"I am pro-choices and that's really what it's about," explains Ricki, who delivered her oldest son Milo (11) in the hospital without any problems. "My movie isn't against the hospitals and doctors and technology. It's wanting to incorporate midwives into the system a little bit more and have better outcomes and better birth experiences."

See what else Ricki has to say about the issue in this "Access Hollywood" interview:

 

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