November has been a great month so far, with a fabulous screening of The Business of Being Born in San Diego last week, and the news that our book Your Best Birth will come out in paperback on April 5th, just in time for the release of our new educational "My Best Birth" DVD. If you haven’t joined mybestbirth yet – click here to sign up and become part of our community. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Ricki & Abby
Alyson Hannigan & Alexis Denisof
Host Online Discussion This Week
We were delighted to bring you exclusive excerpts from the birth story of actress Alyson Hannigan, star of the "American Pie" movies and currently on the hit sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." Sponsored by our friends at Milkalicious, these two webisodes feature Alyson and her husband actor Alexis Denisof sharing intimate details of their amazing birth journey for our new DVD. Click here to ask Alyson and Alexis a question or comment on their story. Just a reminder that their FULL story will be included on the new "My Best Birth" educational DVD to be released in 2010...
Ricki and Abby in San Diego
(Pictured with Staff of Babies in Bloom)
An Evening with Ricki & Abby, by Barbara Herrera
"I was on my way up to Babies in Bloom in Vista and hit serious traffic. Ambulances, cops and fire trucks crawled through the cars and while sending the people in the accident safe thoughts, I knew I was going to be late to the VIP Event for Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein. They were both in town for a showing of "The Business of Being Born." I called Rochelle McLean, the owner of B&B and a local Lactation Consultant, telling her I didn't think I was going to get there before the party was over, so I would probably meet them at the theater. Once we passed the accident, I knew I was going to make it and puzzled at why the GPS said I was still an hour away. It suddenly dawned on me that I had forgotten to set my GPS back for Daylight Savings Time. Sheesh." Click here to read midwife Barbara Herrera's description of the rest of the night...
Babies By the Sea
While in San Diego, Ricki & Abby got to catch up with Dr. Robert Biter OB/GYN, and hear about his new birth center "Babies by the Sea." Here is an excerpt from Dr. Biter's blog on mybestbirth: "....While I have heralded many births, I still find myself holding my breath at that final push, the exact moment just before a new person enters the room. The wonderment of possibility and the significance of love often overwhelms. This is indeed the very moment where I now find myself in my own life. I stand poised to witness the beginning of an ecologically friendly, socially responsible birthing center in Carlsbad, California. The process leading to this moment has indeed been laborious, filled with the drama of challenging an existing medical model and the transformative power of a group of committed individuals working together to give birth to this place called Babies by the Sea Birthing Center with views of the expansive Pacific Ocean. While the doors will open in May of 2010, the movement has already gained momentum." Click here to read Dr. Biter's full post.
Abby’s Expecting, Chapter 2...
Filmmaker Abby Epstein was unexpectedly
featured in her own documentary while shooting The Business of Being Born. This time she’s hoping for fewer surprises as she plans for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) with baby #2 in January. Click here to read Abby’s second blog entry as we follow her journey to VBAC.
Ricki to Attend CIMS Forum in Austin
Each year, the CIMS Forum attracts expert faculty from prestigious universities and the nation’s leading childbirth advocacy organizations who present the most up-to-date maternity care research to healthcare providers, maternal-child health leaders, and passionate childbirth advocates who are eager to bring evidence-based maternity care practices back to their communities. The information that Forum attendees gain provides an invaluable boost to their efforts to promote healthy birth practices across the nation. Feb. 26-27 | The Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin – Town Lake | Austin, Texas
Help Us Reach 10,000 Members by 2010
Since we launched mybestbirth this May, our community has been growing organically and has become a "go-to" website for information about all types of childbirth and holistic parenting. We have over 8,000 members now and would like to have 10,000 by the New Year. Help us reach this goal by inviting 3 of your friends to join mybestbirth. All you have to do is point to the "Invite" tab and import their addresses. Also be sure to check out the newest features on the site, like virtual gifts and birthdays!
Shop Till You Drop…
For great holiday gifts be sure to check out our “Born Free” Moby-Wrap modeled here by the lovely Kimberly Williams-Paisley and her baby Jasper. These wraps come in new pastel colors and are also fabulous for baby-wearing and new baby gifts. Another way you can support mybestbirth now is by doing some holiday shopping at our Sproutbaby store for organic, toxin-free products for baby, mom and home. Get 15% off purchases over $50 with code MBB15.
Your Best Birth
YOUR BEST BIRTH is an empowering childbirth guide packed with crucial advice from medical professionals, delivered in a down-to-earth, engaging, and honest voice. Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein reevaluate the pregnancy process, renew expectant mothers’ confidence, and place the control back where it belongs: with parents-to-be.
Order your copy now!
The Business of Being Born on DVD
"It should be seen by EVERY pregnant woman in America..." -NY Daily News
Click here to watch the trailer