So this past weekend I was left at the house by myself for a day to relax and figured I'd watch some TV... out of curiosity I decided to watch "A Baby Story" because I'm not big on watching TV to begin with, and I'm more in tune with the natural birthing process, the history of obstetrics and have seen "The Business of Being Born" over 10 times and I was curious what sort of stuff they show on these other shows...
WOW!!! Culture of fear is right!
At one point my jaw just DROPPED because a doctor actually said to the woman in labour, "I don't think this baby is going to come out."
Sorry, but WHAT!!?!?!? They did end up giving her a Caesarean but seriously there has GOT to be a better way to phrase these things??? I can't even imagine what would run through my mind if I were in labour and someone told me the baby isn't coming out.
2 out of the 3 episodes I watched ended in Caesarean as well... the prevailing message really does seem to lend itself to "This is scary, you can't do this, labor is a 'problem' that needs resolving, rather than a natural process"
I haven’t watched any of those shows because they just seem scary. I was in the hospital room with my cousin when she had her baby and saw it first hand (I had a front row seat as I helped her hold one of her knees back). It was scary and amazing all at the same time. What scares me is the LENGTH of time you are in labor. She was admitted to the hospital at 7:00 am – got her epidural at 12:00pm (I believe) and did not HAVE her baby until 9:36pm!!! She says she was starting to feel her toes right before she was ready to pus. But the scary part comes next when (instead of waiting for the placenta to come out) the doctor REACHES in and causes her to hem ridge (if that’s how you spell it) and they had to rush her off because she had already lost about a liter of blood!!! I cant imagine that happening to me!! My mom was in labor with me for 2 days before they finally made her get a C-section.
So to say the least, I don’t think I SHOULD watch any of those shows I want to get an educational video on birthing (where its not edited) and refresh me on what all happens and what to expect.
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