Does TV Cause Fear in Childbirth?

Oh My Gosh! NATURAL BIRTH?!?!  OH NO!!!!!
Oh My Gosh! NATURAL BIRTH?!?! OH NO!!!!!



Me, I didn’t know I was pregnant, Maternity Ward, A Baby Story,
Bringing Home Baby, all the makings of a
maternity care system in
crisis. I have come to a point in my life where I cannot bring myself
to watch any of these shows anymore. One after another they are rushed
off for into the operating room for their cesarean sections, be it
elective, scheduled, emergency (because of some intervention the doctor
put into place), or because of their high risk pregnancies.

The message we are sending out women, young and old is that the
majority of women having babies need highly skilled surgeons to manage
their low risk pregnancies. Which all in all is over kill. 10-15% of
pregnant women should be considered high risk, and
seeing Obstetricians. Where a good 75% of women should be seen by
midwives, able, educated, and ready to handle the care of women, on a
far more intimate, and one on one basis. Not in and out in 10 minutes
not listening to the concerns or questions they have. But now, back to
these shows.

Oh My Gosh! NATURAL BIRTH?!?! OH NO!!!!!

They take the hand full of super high risk women who need medical
interventions for their own safety, and show them like normal
pregnancies. The fact is they are showcasing these stories for ratings.
The most dramatic deliveries make for more viewers. Like in the case of
the Discovery Health Channel show Deliver Me. Their tag line being,
When pregnancies have a dangerous turn. At least in the episodes I have
flipped through in the middle of the night.

They show all these women who need cesareans, premature labor, birth
defects, mothers with heart conditions, and promoting them at the norm
when it comes to birth.
Not the case.

This is why young girls today are being raised to be so absolutely
petrified at becoming pregnant or giving birth. They want to be drugged
up, epidurals, inductions, in complete control, which they do not know
cases all these high risk scary deliveries. Cytotec being used for
induction, which we all know is horrible and not FDA approved for labor
induction, pitocin, elective cesareans, all the crap that we should
want to be avoiding, not asking for.

How about some shows about natural birth, that aren’t titled
“Extreme Births” like the ONE natural birth show that discovery health
showed. They took 3 women across the world two of which were having
unattended births, and showed these women as their clips for natural

How about showing midwife attended home births?
How about showing midwife attended hospital births with no interventions?
How about showing midwife attended freestanding birth center births?
Because it isn’t what people want to see! Well at least the mainstream
idiots who want the crazy, hectic, unnatural, intervention filled

Maybe discovery health should show The Business of Being Born as a special?

All I know is that so many first time mothers are being brainwashed by these crappy shows, and something really needs to change.
Boycott these stupid shows or else they are going to continue, and work
against the natural birth community and all that we work for daily.

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  • equalist

    It’s a little forward to make assumptions from a handful of episodes you’ve caught on late night tv while flipping channels. For a while when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, I watched “a baby story” often. During the few months I was watching the show, I saw several natural births, at least one done in a birthing pool at a birthing center, with a midwife, where the birth went quite well. Overall, I think I saw maybe two or three cesareans in the entire time I watched the show, and of those, they were deliveries that had been scheduled this way because it was made clear that the pregnancy was high risk. It’s one thing to take many episodes of a show into account and then say that the show is damaging to the image of birth. It’s quite another to catch something as you’re flipping through channels, watch pieces and parts of a handful of episodes, and then declare that you know the intentions of the producers and the station in presenting each and every show.

    Taking anything to extremes is never a good thing, and that includes the natural birth choice. There are many women out there who make the natural birth choice responsibly, and with backup plans in place, just in case the unthinkable happens, and something goes wrong. There are many women who make the choice for certain interventions, but research those interventions carefully first, and make the best personal choices for them and for their babies based on that research. Then there are the extremes on both ends. There are the mothers who insist on interventions without research or without careful consideration. Mothers who don’t want any part of the birth experience if it can be helped, and want everything to go exactly as planned with as little effort on the mother’s part as possible. On the other end of the spectrum are those who insist on a natural birth without regard to risk factors in their pregnancy. Those who insist that women who choose not to have a natural birth must not know all the facts, or must just need a little more information to make what they believe to be the right choice, not only for themselves, but for other women as well. This is no better than anti-choice advocates assuming women are too ignorant or ill-informed to make their own choices about their own bodies, and is in fact quite similar to the tactics many well meaning anti-choice advocates take in these subjects.

    Each woman should have the option to make her own choice without interference from other sources, and should be able to be comfortable with that choice. Pressuring women in either direction is not the way to go. As advocates for women’s choice, that much should be obvious.

    Equal rights, equal responsibilities.

  • ctbirthadvocate

    Maybe it was the difference in time. I started watching these shows during 2007 when I became pregnant with my first child, and I have continued to watch them simply for the entertainment factor, and out of all of these shows, and I have watched at the least over 100, I have seen MAYBE a dozen natural births if that.
    But with that being said, even Hollywood movies, soap operas, and evening TV depicts it the same exact way.
    Simply my view, and opinion.

  • equalist

    I watched these shows when I was pregnant with both my girls in 2005 and 2007, so not much difference in time.
    As for the comment about Hollywood movies, soap operas and evening TV, the media involved is far different than a documentary style show, and are for entertainment value, not necessarily accuracy. Are you honestly surprised that people aren’t in uproar over lack of truth in fictional drama?

    Equal rights, equal responsibilities.