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20/20 tonight

post #1 of 38
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So I'm pretty sure ABC is airing 20/20's extreme childbirth episode tonight, though I'm having trouble figuring out what the content is from ABC's website. I think this is the one with orgasmic birth and homebirth featured, but they seem to be only discussing surrogate motherhood on their website so I'm not sure. Just wanted to let you gals know!
post #2 of 38
Thanks! it's going into my DVR. DH will probably want to watch it too, so I hope it shows homebirth in a good light
post #3 of 38
I was wondering, since I knew ABC bumped this show a few weeks ago.
It figures it will be tonight. My in-laws are coming over right before the show and I'll be unable to watch any tv. :
I hope it winds up on youtube or something.
post #4 of 38
I have it ready to DVR as well. DH would never watch something like that with me. Hope it has some positive points in it!!
post #5 of 38
Thanks! I set my DVR.
post #6 of 38
They just posted a short video here - http://abcnews.go.com/2020 (click on “Giving birth like it’s 1799”). Not too bad. Usual comments from a doc, and a few comments from me and Ricki.
Laura
post #7 of 38
I received an email from a home birth support group saying:

Passed on from CIMS e-News:
“TONIGHT: Orgasmic Birth to be featured on ABC’s 20/20 “Orgasmic Birth” will be a featured segment on ABC’s “20/20″ tonight (Friday, Jan. 2) at 10:00 pm Eastern.

Filmmaker and former CIMS Leadership Team member Debra Pascali-Bonaro presents the ultimate challenge to our cultural myths by inviting viewers to see the emotional, spiritual, and physical heights attainable through unmedicated normal birth. In this revolutionary documentary, physiologic childbirth is revealed as an integral part of women’s sexuality and a neglected human right. Learn more about the segment on the ABC News Web site."

I also posted it on my blog site and will be watching to see what the show talks about.
post #8 of 38
Unpopular response coming here . . . : I did not like how the segment wrapped U/C together with CPM/CNM-attended home birth. I respect the reasons for women who choose U/C, but even U/C'ers can confirm that it is quite different from mw-attended births.

I also didn't like the imagery of the Old West cabin births. The home birth that I'm having with my m/w is far advanced from that. Contrary to the media implications, out-of-hospital midwifery is not some reactionary, anti-science practice; it has advanced to a high level of safety because of science.
post #9 of 38
Just a bit of encouragement, years ago I do not think they would have even touched this issue. It maybe portray parts of it negatively, but who knows, think of all the women out there who might have their interest piqued by this story
post #10 of 38
I believe there are several interesting segments tonight--orgasmic birth, extended (like, really extended) breastfeeding, and surrogacy (They have a lady who has done like 8 surrogate pregnancies).

YES, it is tonight--the website verifies http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.ph...=fTWpP&u=CCfUy
post #11 of 38
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Originally Posted by Turquesa View Post
Unpopular response coming here . . . : I did not like how the segment wrapped U/C together with CPM/CNM-attended home birth. I respect the reasons for women who choose U/C, but even U/C'ers can confirm that it is quite different from mw-attended births.

I also didn't like the imagery of the Old West cabin births. The home birth that I'm having with my m/w is far advanced from that. Contrary to the media implications, out-of-hospital midwifery is not some reactionary, anti-science practice; it has advanced to a high level of safety because of science.
Ooo I totally agree! Home birth can either be assisted or unassisted, there is a difference. They just wrap it all together to make it look dreadful and scary or they are just plan ignorant about the reality.

I commented on their site about how the two are not the same.
post #12 of 38
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Ooo I totally agree! Home birth can either be assisted or unassisted, there is a difference. They just wrap it all together to make it look dreadful and scary or they are just plan ignorant about the reality.
Yeah. My husband yelled at our internet browser when they got to the point where they said home births are not attended by professionals. I fully support unassisted birth and those who are educated enough to do it, but it isn't for everyone and isn't the same at all.

I can't wait for tonight's episode of 20/20 and hope they don't bump it AGAIN (I'm tired of setting up my Tivo to record it!) I'm also curious about how they'll approach the extended breastfeeding segment because those who choose to nurse for 6 years are not really typical cases.
post #13 of 38
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Originally Posted by Turquesa View Post
the segment wrapped U/C together with CPM/CNM-attended home birth.
I whole-heartedly agree with your post. and the simple fact that they DID lump MW-assisted HB in with UC tells me that they will NOT present a realistic, fair picture of HB. Big disappointment.

My DVR is set- I'm still going to hold out hope that they'll mention 2 key things that, IMO, show, without doubt how stupid the AMA anti-HB stance is:
1. About one-third of all births in the Netherlands are HBs & it's been so for years (used to be even more, I think)
2. The UK is actually currently trying to recruit more HB MWs so the option of HB is available to any woman who wants it (well, low-risk women, I'm sure.)

But... I also agree that even if it's all woo-hoo-pro-ACOG , at least it'll draw attention to it & pique interest.

ETA: the article states, "Mothers-to-Be Saying No to Modern Medicine" :
HB MWs have plenty of "modern medicine" with them!!!! It is not an outright rejection of modern medicine, and to protray it as such is inaccurate & even misleading.
post #14 of 38
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Originally Posted by MegBoz View Post
I whole-heartedly agree with your post. and the simple fact that they DID lump MW-assisted HB in with UC tells me that they will NOT present a realistic, fair picture of HB. Big disappointment.

...

ETA: the article states, "Mothers-to-Be Saying No to Modern Medicine"
HB MWs have plenty of "modern medicine" with them!!!!
Yep. I just said something along those lines to my husband. :
post #15 of 38
Just watched it and I really enjoyed it and I was really happy that my hubby watched it with me b/c he is less than thrilled w/ my newfound desire for a natural birth.
They did focus mostly on the orgasmic birth aspect- and it was a very short piece, but I think that everything was given in a positive light.
I guess it all depends on how you look at it though.

It pumped me up for labor!
post #16 of 38
As far as I know, there are two separate segments - one on orgasmic birth and one on homebirth. If you saw me and Ricki Lake, then perhaps it's the same segment. It won't air where I am for another half hour. Anxiously waiting....
Laura
post #17 of 38
I was actually rather impressed! DH and I were all prepared to get angry and irritated at the way home birth was portrayed, but they really did a pretty good job.
They took home birth seriously, as a real option. And the people they interviewed were well spoken, well educated, and well put together. They did not seem like back woods hill billies, and the women who said they had orgasmic births were not painted in a negative or crazy light.
There were even several statements about how fear and expectations are what make birth painful, not necessarily the birth process itself.
I think they did a pretty good job of presenting this as just what it is - another option.

Even the extended breastfeeding wasn't too terrible. Maybe less favorable than the home birth segment, but not awful. Hopefully this will pique interest in those who didn't know there were other options out there. I know I used to be one of those!



***Edit***
I just read the pp right before seeing what is coming up next - the home birth segment. Evidently, the first one was just orgasmic birth. We'll see what they say in the next segment.....
***End Edit***
post #18 of 38
i thought the bf segment was okay, and the homebirth part wasn't *too* bad.

seeing ricki lake reminds me i wanna watch the business of being born again, lol
post #19 of 38
You were great, Laura! :
post #20 of 38
Just finished watching - I thought the homebirth segment was weak. It failed to address WHY homebirth can me safER than hospital birth - Rikki Lake mentions it (she says something like "I decided it was the safer option for me and my baby) but they don't show any explanation. Nor is there any distinction drawn between assisted homebirth and unassisted birth.

The other part I really paid attention to was the EBF segment - I thought it was pretty balanced.
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