The Business of Being Born, Lake's documentary about home birth and midwifery, was released in limited markets on January 18, 2008.
The Business of Being Born included footage and details of Lake's own "life-changing" home-birthing experience and followed a midwife going about her work.
Although studying creativity is considered a legitimate scientific discipline nowadays, it is still a very young one. One of Guilford’s most famous studies was the nine-dot puzzle.
Guilford was one of the first academic researchers who dared to conduct a study of creativity.
Lake achieved tremendous success, consistently achieving high scores. On April 20, 2011, Lake signed with Twentieth Television to develop The Ricki Lake Show, which premiered in September 2012.
After making the finals, Lake was announced as the contestant in third place, losing to television personality Rob Kardashian and actor and Army veteran J. The new program has a more Oprah-like format than that of her former talk show., Lake is working with director Abby Epstein on a documentary about the dangers of hormonal birth control, titled Sweetening the Pill.
Tribeca called it "The Inconvenient Truth of Childbirth".
She performed in the CBS television special Loving Leah in January of that year.
Lake returned to the talk show platform when she hosted a second talk show which premiered in September 2012 and was cancelled after one season.
She also signed a development deal with Gameshow Marathon production company Fremantle Media for other ventures, including creating and producing future programs and projects.
Lake and Epstein said, "now [hormonal birth control is] making women sick and so our goal with this film is to wake women up to the unexposed side effects of these powerful medications and the unforeseen consequences of repressing women's natural cycles." On February 17, 2018, Lake appeared on the British television show Through the Keyhole with Keith Lemon. June 18, 2001), whose water birth was actually shown in The Business of Being Born, the documentary that she also produced.
In March 2018 at SXSW, Lake and Epstein premiered their documentary film Weed the People, examining the use of cannabis as medicine and its status as a Schedule I prohibited drug in the United States.
In October 2007, Lake appeared in the Lifetime TV movie Matters of Life and Dating.