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Doulas not trained by a formal organization can be controversial within medical settings due to a lack of formal medical education when a discussion regarding medical interventions in labor versus pursuing natural childbirth without an epidural or caesarean section arises; however, the role of the doula is not to offer medical advice. Sometimes the term doula can also refer to a non-medical person who assists critically ill elderly people. The term doula was first used in a 1969 anthropological study conducted by Dana Raphael, a protégée of Margaret Mead, with whom she cofounded the Human Lactation Center in Westport, Conn. in the 1970s.

Abby Epstein

Five years after releasing Until the Violence Stops, Abby Epstein released The Business of Being Born in 2008. She is currently working on her third film, Sweetening the Pill, a film that aims to address the side effects of taking the birth control pill. Much of Abby Epstein's film career deals with birth and sex. Her film Until the Violence Stops premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and won an Emmy after its screening on Lifetime. The Business of Being Born debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007 and released theatrically in 2008.


They generally support and encourage natural childbirth in all practice settings. Laws regarding who can practice midwifery and in what circumstances vary from state to state. Many states have birthing centers where a midwife may work individually or as a group, which provides additional clinical opportunities for student midwives. CPMs provide on-going care throughout pregnancy and continuous, hands-on care during labor, birth and the immediate postpartum period. They practice as autonomous health professionals working in a network of relationships with other maternity care professionals who can provide consultation and collaboration when needed.

Home birth

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A home birth is a birth that takes place in a residence rather than in a hospital or a birth centre. They may be attended by a midwife, or lay attendant with experience in managing home births. Home birth was, until the advent of modern medicine, the de facto method of delivery. Since the beginning of the 20th century, home birth rates have fallen in most developed countries, often to less than 1% of all births. Infant and mother mortality rates have also dropped drastically over the same time period and initially, assumptions were made that these findings were linked, as reflected in the UK Government's Peel Report (DoH 1970).

Water birth

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Water birth is childbirth that occurs in water. Proponents believe water birth results in a more relaxed, less painful experience that promotes a midwife-led model of care. Critics argue that the safety of water birth has not been scientifically proven and that a wide range of adverse neonatal outcomes have been documented, including increased mother or child infections and the possibility of infant drowning. A 2018 Cochrane Review of water immersion in the first stages of labor found evidence of fewer epidurals and few adverse effects but insufficient information regarding giving birth in water.

Evan Rachel Wood

Wood had a home birth with her son, and publicly thanked Ricki Lake, creator of the documentary The Business of Being Born, for inspiring her decision. In May 2014, Wood and Bell announced that they had separated after 19 months of marriage. After her split from Bell, Wood dated The L Word actress Katherine Moennig. In January 2017, Wood became engaged to her Rebel and a Basketcase bandmate, Zach Villa. In September 2017, they called off the engagement. In 2016, Wood told a Rolling Stone reporter that she had been raped. She said she had been raped twice, "many years ago."

Giancarlo Canavesio

The film is directed by Abby Epstein and executive produced by Ricki Lake, the filmmakers behind the hit film "The Business of Being Born". In 2013, Mangusta Production formed a new online digital platform,, which has four categories of content. The site also hosts an online magazine called Ideas with original articles also aggregated around four categories: Drugs & Medicines, Sex & Love, Freedom & Society and Life & Death.'s mission statement is: "We believe there is something broken with the way we have been approaching drugs, sex, death and politics.

Ricki Lake (TV series)

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Ricki Lake is also mentioned in the Kesha and Nicki Minaj remix of Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends", referring to Lil' Kim being at the height of her career when Ricki Lake was on air. In the fifth episode of the VH1 reality/comedy series This Is Hot 97, Cipha Sounds mentioned that he had a crush on Lake and her show. He also noticed an intern who wore the same attire Lake wore on her show, leading him to believe that she was the real Ricki Lake. NYC-based stand-up comedian Matt Smith McCormick produces & hosts a comedy show called "Go Ricki!", where sets & stories are inspired by topics of Ricki Lake.

Hairspray (1988 film)

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The disc included an audio commentary by John Waters and Ricki Lake and a theatrical trailer. It was released on Blu-ray on March 4, 2014. Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad, an optimistic, aspiring teenager who hopes to dance on a TV show as well as promote integration. Divine as Edna Turnblad, Tracy's kind, plus-sized mother who is ashamed of her obesity. Divine also plays Arvin Hodgepile, the rival TV station owner who is against racial integration for his studio. Debbie Harry as Velma Von Tussle, Franklin's wife and Amber's mother. Sonny Bono as Franklin Von Tussle, Velma's husband and Amber's father. Jerry Stiller as Wilbur Turnblad, Tracy's loving, funny and encouraging father.

Serial Mom

Serial Mom is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by John Waters, and starring Kathleen Turner as the title character, Sam Waterston as her husband, and Ricki Lake and Matthew Lillard as her children. Patty Hearst, Suzanne Somers, Joan Rivers, Traci Lords, and Brigid Berlin make cameo appearances in the film. The film was released theatrically in the United States on April 13, 1994 to mixed to positive reviews from critics, but was a box office bomb, grossing nearly $8 million from a $13 million budget.

Grantly Dick-Read

Dick-Read, Grantly (2004), Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth, Pinter & Martin, ISBN: 978-0-9530964-6-6. Noyes Thomas, A. (1957), Doctor Courageous: The story of Dr Grantly Dick Read. Pregnancy Today article. Pinter & Martin, Grantly Dick-Read's publishers. New General Catalog of Old Books and Authors. Natural Childbirth: A Documentary Record of the Birth of a Baby on Discogs.

Mrs. Winterbourne

Winterbourne is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake, and Brendan Fraser. It is loosely based on Cornell Woolrich's novel I Married a Dead Man, which has already been filmed in Hollywood as No Man of Her Own (1950) starring Barbara Stanwyck, and in Hindi as Kati Patang (1970) starring Asha Parekh. The film was shot on location in and around Toronto, Ontario including Eaton Hall in King City, Ontario. It was the final production of A&M Films. On her 18th birthday, Connie Doyle (Ricki Lake) meets lowlife Steve DeCunzo (Loren Dean). She moves in with him and winds up pregnant.


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Ricki Lake as Pepper Walker. Traci Lords as Wanda Woodward. Kim McGuire as Mona "Hatchet-Face" Malnorowski. Darren E. Burrows as Milton Hackett. Susan Tyrrell as Ramona Rickettes. Iggy Pop as Belvedere Rickettes. Kim Webb as Lenora Frigid. Stephen Mailer as Baldwin. Alan J. Wendl as Toe-Joe Jackson. Jonathan Benya as Snare-Drum. Jessica Raskin as Susie Q. Troy Donahue as Mr. Malnorowski. Mink Stole as Mrs. Malnorowski. Joe Dallesandro as Mr. Hackett. Joey Heatherton as Mrs. Hackett. David Nelson as Mr. Woodward. Patricia Hearst as Mrs. Woodward. Robert Tyree as Dupree. Robert Walsh as Judge.

Elisabeth Bing

Elisabeth Dorothea Bing (née Koenigsberger; 8 July 1914 – 15 May 2015) was a German physical therapist, co-founder of Lamaze International, and proponent of natural childbirth. She trained as a physical therapist in England after fleeing Nazi Germany due to her Jewish ancestry. Her hospital work there made her interested in natural childbirth, and she taught it to parents in the United States after she moved there in 1949. To promote natural childbirth methods, she co-founded the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics (now Lamaze International), made several TV appearances and radio broadcasts, and wrote several books on the subject.

The Ricki Lake Show

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The Ricki Lake Show (also known as Ricki or The New Ricki Lake Show) is an American first-run syndicated talk show hosted by Ricki Lake. The series also marked her return to talk television after leaving the genre in 2004. After several years of considering coming back to daytime with a new talk show, Lake signed on as both host and producer with 20th Television for this project, which debuted in United States and Canada on September 10, 2012, and began taping episodes on July 25, 2012, at the Culver Studios. The show is co-produced by both Twentieth Television and Monet Lane Productions.

Bradley method of natural childbirth

The Bradley method of natural childbirth (also known as "husband-coached childbirth") is a method of natural childbirth developed in 1947 by Robert A. Bradley, M.D. (1917–1998) and popularized by his book Husband-Coached Childbirth, first published in 1965. The Bradley method emphasizes that birth is a natural process: mothers are encouraged to trust their body and focus on diet and exercise throughout pregnancy; and it teaches couples to manage labor through deep breathing and the support of a partner or labor coach.

Drop Dead Diva

Fox, Tony Goldwyn, Elliott Gould, Nancy Grace, Kathy Griffin, Tim Gunn, Jasmine Guy, Deidre Hall, Valerie Harper, Gregory Harrison, Natasha Henstridge, Howard Hesseman, Star Jones, Kim Kardashian, Rami Kashou, Ricki Lake, Sharon Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Chad Lowe, MacKenzie Mauzy, Abby Lee Miller, Seamus Dever, Liza Minnelli, Tyler Jacob Moore, Mark Moses, Mary Mouser, Kathy Najimy, Kelly Osbourne, Jake Pavelka, Teri Polo, Susan May Pratt, John Ratzenberger, Crystal Reed, LeAnn Rimes, Romy Rosemont, Tony Sears, Chelsea Staub, Cybill Shepherd, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, James Snyder, Patti Stanger, Wanda Sykes, Lee Tergesen, Jennifer Tilly, Gina Torres, Steve Valentine, Nia Vardalos, Dylan Walsh, Barry

Let It Shine (2017 TV series)

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Ricki Lake was the guest judge for the first live show, Ashley Roberts for the semi-final and Peter Kay for the final. The show was won by the band Five to Five who won the part as the band in the new musical The Band, which began touring in September 2017. The show's title comes from Take That's 2007 single "Shine". Amber Riley, Lulu, Ricki Lake, Ashley Roberts and Peter Kay acted as guest judges of the competition, respectively. Busted, Beverley Knight, Melanie C, Olly Murs and Kaiser Chiefs performed with the contestants split into groups as part of the second round of the competition, which was filmed at Dock10, MediaCityUK in November 2016.

Gameshow Marathon (U.S. TV series)

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The US version was produced by FremantleMedia North America and Granada America and was hosted by Ricki Lake and announced by Rich Fields. In the US, the series only aired for a single season, while in the UK a second season aired in 2007, this time entitled Gameshow Marathon and hosted by Vernon Kay. This program was recorded at Stage 46, CBS Television City in Los Angeles, CA, USA. The seven-part game show tournament featured celebrity contestants Lance Bass, Paige Davis, Tim Meadows, Kathy Najimy, Leslie Nielsen, and Brande Roderick.

Hairspray (2007 soundtrack)

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"Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now", is performed by each of the three women most famous portraying Hairspray's main character, Tracy Turnblad: the 1988 film's Ricki Lake, the Broadway production's Marissa Jaret Winokur, and this film's Nikki Blonsky. Harvey Fierstein, who played Edna in the original Broadway production, also has a vocal cameo at the end of this track. Several of the songs from the Broadway musical had their lyrics altered and/or verses removed for use in the film version. These songs include "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs", "Welcome to the 60s", "Big, Blonde and Beautiful", "Without Love", "(It's) Hairspray", "You Can't Stop the Beat", et cetera.

Derek Hough

For season 13, he was partnered with actress and TV host Ricki Lake, known playing the original Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. Lake scored consistently high the whole season and ended up in third place. For season 14, Hough partnered with television personality Maria Menounos. In week seven, the couple earned the first 30 of the season and topped the leader board the first time in the season. The couple made it to the semi-finals but were eliminated after they finished at the top of the leader board. Menounos became the second celebrity in Dancing with the Stars history to be eliminated on a night where she came in first place with the judges (the first was Willa Ford in season three).

Shirley MacLaine

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Winterbourne (1996), with Ricki Lake and Brendan Fraser; Rumor Has It… (2005) with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston; In Her Shoes (also 2005), with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette; and Closing the Ring (2007), directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Christopher Plummer. MacLaine has also appeared in numerous television projects, including an autobiographical miniseries based upon the book Out on a Limb; The Salem Witch Trials; These Old Broads written by Carrie Fisher and co-starring Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, and Joan Collins; and Coco, a Lifetime production based on the life of Coco Chanel.

Hairspray (2007 film)

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Last Exit to Brooklyn (film)

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Ricki Lake as Donna. Cameron Johann as Spook. John Costelloe as Tommy. Christopher Murney as Paulie. Alexis Arquette as Georgette. Mark Boone Junior as Willie. Rutanya Alda as Georgette's mother.

Inside Monkey Zetterland

Ricki Lake as Bella the Stalker. Debi Mazar as Daphne. Martha Plimpton as Sofie. Robin Antin as Waitress in Canters. Frances Bay as Grandma. Luca Bercovici as Boot Guy. Chuck Grieve as Guy at Taco Stand. Lance Loud as Psychiatrist. Nicholas Matus as Young Monkey. Chris Nash as Policeman. Lou Pearlman as Warden / Observation Psychiatrist (as Louis J. Pearlman). Blair Tefkin as Brent's Assistant. Marc Lafia as Observation Psychiatrist. Melissa Sullivan as Observation Psychiatrist (as Melissa Lechner). Lauren Zuckerman as Observation Psychiatrist.