Since the wrap of The Ricki Lake Show in August 2004, Ricki Lake has continued to act in various film and TV projects. In addition to being the mother of 2 boys, ages ten and six, she would say that the project she is most proud of is her latest film, The Business of Being Born.
Director Abby Epstein's controversial documentary takes a hard look at America's maternity care system, juxtaposing hospital deliveries against the growing popularity of at-home, natural childbirths that many expectant parents are now opting for. Ricki Lake was inspired to serve as executive producer on this compelling exposé after a dissatisfying birthing experience with her first child left her with many unanswered questions. Not only does Ricki give birth on screen but she poured her heart and soul into the filmmaking process.
The Business of Being Born is in theaters in limited release and will be available on Netflix on February 26, 2008.
MOMMY TRACKED: You have been very busy promoting your movie, The Business of Being Born &mdash how have you been handling the travel?
RICKI LAKE: It has been really tough. We have been on the road for 2 weeks and we are stopping back in Los Angeles but then I need to get right back on a plane to head up to Seattle. I am divorced and the boys have been with their father for part of the time and with their nanny of nine years for the rest of the time.
Do your sons know how important this film is to you?
They know that it came about from me becoming their mother. And they certainly know how important being their mother is to me. I tell them as often as I can that I am so glad they chose me to be their mom. We have also talked about how important this film is for other moms and moms-to-be around the country. My ten year old hasn't seemed all that interested or impressed. But his teacher told me that he had been talking in class with real pride about how his mom went to speak to the UN about something really important. I had been asked to speak to a United Nations panel about the issues raised in the film and I was nervous and excited about it. He must have been paying more attention than I realized.
Have you ever turned down work because of your kids' schedule?