By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jan 10, 2008 at 3:08 PM

After a traumatic hospital birth with her first child, actress and talk show host Ricki Lake opted for a home birth for her second child. Because most people believe giving birth at home is dangerous and / or crazy, Lake -- along with Emmy Award-winning director Abby Epstein -- created the documentary “The Business of Being Born.”

A sneak preview of this documentary will air at Alverno College, 3400 S. 43rd St., on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

“The Business of Being Born” questions the way American women have babies. The film combines intimate birth stories with historical, political and scientific insights and potentially shocking  statistics about the current maternity care system.

Birth professionals (including midwives, doulas and nurses) will conduct a Q & A session following the film. The Well-Rounded Maternity Center in Menomonee Falls and the Childbirth Assistance Resources Education (CARE) Network are sponsoring the film. For more information, call (262) 253-6510.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.