Originally Posted by capretta
Has anyone seen "One Born Every Minute"? It's a new reality TV show on lifetime (looks like it was copied from brit ch. 4) set in a maternity ward in Ohio. The first episode is a free download on iTunes.
that was annoying! Showed three births: one voluntarily fully-medicated; one "forced" c-section after failure to progress w/large baby; and one first-timer with doula & birthplan who insisted on going as naturally as possible. The first woman was hilarious and seemed to get through the whole thing quickly and with a sense of humor. The second struggled a bit, but kept a sense of humor too. The third labored for like 20 hours and during which time the entire nursing staff were rolling their eyes at her, or so the editing made it seem. Oh yea, and the "crazy lady" was past due so she had come in to be induced. Her nurse was particularly infuriating - pushy and scolding. (The CNM who did the actual delivery seemed lovely, but she wasn't around for the majority of the labor.) The clear take-home message was that opting for fully-medicated birth or trying for natural birth but submitting to surgical birth when it becomes necessary are both completely legitimate options, but laboring for *gasp* 20 hours and periodically going off monitors, wanting to avoid intervention, is just pigheaded and foolish.
Someone please tell me not everyone who wants a low-intervention birth gets treated like this in the hospital. Hospital birth is not my first choice, but I'd really like to keep some hope that it's not going to suck completely if, for some reason, I have to go.
Ugh, this is so awful. How disappointing. "To Medicate or Not? That is the Question." Clearly Lifetime has an opinion on this.
I would like to think not all hospitals are like this. From what I hear, one of my local hospitals is very supportive of unmedicated childbirth. How can you know until you're there, though? What if you get stuck with that one snarky nurse? Ugh.
Edit: UGH I just watched the first few minutes of that show. It OPENS with an ambulance siren, then a montage of women screaming in pain. Awful awful awful. I am really questioning my preliminary choice of a hospital birth. Crap like this show is just meant to reinforce the idea that childbirth has to be completely miserable.
Editedit: Ok, I'm watching the whole show now, since it's free online. I gotta say, my dog is sleeping on the couch and whenever a baby cries on the show my dog wakes up, pokes her head up, and looks for a baby. Awwwwww.
Editx3: "Very few women opt for a natural childbirth anymore... the trend today is about a 90% epidural rate... obviously if you can have a baby, and the worst pain you're ever going to feel in your entire life, and not have to feel anything, I think most people are going to choose that. It's just a personal preference." Personal preference is great, and of course nurses have opinions and stuff, but when they're so casual about it and seem completely ignorant or dismissive of legitimate reasons why someone might want to try childbirth without an epidural it makes them seem really unwelcoming. Last fall I had a cough for a few weeks and went into a clinic during my 2ww one cycle to make sure I didn't have pneumonia or something. I started talking to the PA there about maybe being pregnant and how I was researching options for an unmedicated childbirth. She said "I think most women opt for the epidural, it just makes the whole process a lot less miserable." What a downer. They make it sound like women who go unmedicated just want to be unhappy. I have respect for women who get epidurals. Like the nurse says, it's a personal preference. When the overwhelming message from the medical establishment, even in casual conversation, is that all women should be terrified of the pain of childbirth even before it's started, it's just pretty dismaying.
Editx4: This show is awful. Ok I won't edit anymore. *but all the babies are so sweet.