A Letter from Ricki Lake

I am thrilled to be involved with Pregnancy Awareness Month this year.  As you probably know – especially if you have seen my movie “The Business of Being Born” – pregnancy and childbirth are to things I am very passionate about and I continue to work to empower women to have healthy pregnancies and births that are best for them and their babies.

I am proud to serve on the PAM advisory team and to support this phenomenal campaign.  The births of my two sons were such incredible, life-changing events for me.  I wish that every woman could experience a beautiful, peaceful birth and am grateful that there are so many great midwives, doulas, doctors, and practitioners out there that also strive to serve women throughout pregnancy and birth processes.  I fully support the four key initiatives of PAM: education, exercise, nutrition and wellness/nurture, in the hopes that more women will be inspired, empowered, and supported throughout this incredibly sacred and transformative time of their life.

The PAM flagship event in Santa Monica, “Motherhood Begins Now” is a free family event, hosted by Ali Larter, Amy Smart and Brenda Strong, to kick off the 4th annual educational campaign.  I am so glad to be a part of such an amazing campaign, alongside so many people who share the love of pregnancy, birth and motherhood, like Dr. Alan Greene, Lisa Druxman (founder of Stroller Strides) and of course Team PAM!  Although I am unable to attend the kickoff event this year, I will be there in spirit, celebrating all that PAM and everyone involved is working to achieve.

Happy Pregnancy Awareness Month!



**REMINDER – Pregnancy Awareness Month’s blog post is for moms and expectant parents by moms (and of course some experts sprinkled in – and some mom’s are licensed board certified experts!).  HOWEVER, we are not giving blanket ADVICE on what you should be doing, eating, how you should be exercising, parenting, etc.  These are opinions, food for thought….think about it all, talk with your mate, and when it comes to diet, exercise, and health questions, ALWAYS discuss and seek advice from your medical health provider.

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  1. Aria

    As a mom who was told I HAD to have a c-section or would die (and was given a 50% chance of dying with one anyway), despite a lack of any actual medical reason, these events are especially important to me. No woman should be bullied, lied to, or made to fear her child’s birth. Doctors should be financially and criminally liable for lying and intimidating.

    There should be a law that doctors all give every single pregnant woman under their care certain information, such as their c-section rate and how it compares to the average, the risks and benefits of vaginal and c-section deliveries on both mothers and babies and the hospital’s average hospital/NICU stays for each, the reasoning for any mandated c-sections (which shouldn’t exist), and the risks of interventions such as epidurals, Pitocin, etc..

    Oh, and I either lived through my daughter’s birth – at home, with a wonderful midwife, or I’m a zombie. So much for the guarantee of death, eh? :)

    If there’s any way possible, I’m going to be at the kick-off. It’s important for women today, it’s important for women tomorrow. What we do works! St. John’s hospital in Oxnard, which banned midwives last year, is going to start allowing them again!!

  2. Leah

    I really loved the movie “Business of Being Born.” I wish I had that kind of support around me. Everyone that I’ve talked to say it’s stressful or you’re should be doing the best for the baby. I had two c-sections and people think I’m crazy to have a VBAC. And THAT;s the best for me and the baby. Just send the support up to Maine, please! ;)

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