Ricki Lake danced into the hearts of many with her endearing performance as Tracy Turnblad in "Hairspray," and the 46-year-old actress is now looking to do the same through a different means.
Lake, an Emmy Award-winning host, has teamed up with documentary filmmaker Brigid Maher for a poignant look at the birthing industry, particularly the rise of Caesarean sections.
The C-section rate in the U.S. has risen to over 30 percent of births, withmany posing the question -- are midwives the solution? "The Mama Sherpas" explores the idea of "collaborative," care practice, which draws together doctors and midwives to manage women's care together, and starts an important conversation about the state of birthing in America today.
"[Midwives] do so much more than catch babies, that's a big part and at the same time a small part of what they do. Many are trained as primary care providers and work on the front lines of poverty. They care for women from puberty past menopause and often advise women beyond health care and are counselors to the patients the serve," Maher said in a statement.
The moving film, a result of the filmmakers' concerted effort to adjust stereotypes and misconceptions about midwifery, provides an intimate lens into how midwives across the country work, as it attempts to redefine how Americans view the birthing process.
"The Mama Sherpas" is available on iTunes.
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