oh man!!!! This has been a topic near and dear to my heart for years, WAAAAY before I was a radical mama--- haha and was just a typical (?) first time pregnant OB-goer looking for some nice books, you know those little Pregnancy and your Baby, etc.........and I hated all of them. I hated the doctor worship, I hated the terminology, the imagery of the baby being "trapped" and/or needing to be "rescued/removed" from the mother, "Delivered", etc etc etc I HATED WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOURE EXPECTING, it was 80% about defects and dangers, the rest was some yucky "diet" and extraordinarily stupid and fake questions from pretend moms. they gloss over breastfeeding like it is a cute option........
Now, as a soon to be 4 time mama, having had a hospital vaginal birth, a C-section, and a homebirth VBAC, planning our UC.........I can barely look at thge TITLES of the shows on discovery health, the learning channel, etc......because I KNOW how messed up they are, but I get so upset for all the women (men, girls, boys.......) who watch this, and the message that birth is very very unpredictable, very very dangerous, very very tricky, and above all, a situation of dire potentials..........I just get SO angry. I cannot believe the shows I have seen, where women "didnt make it" to the hospital, the baby is born at home, mom and baby are fine, and then the paramedics "FINALLY" arrive and "THANKFULLY" they are whisked off to the hospital! Why are they going to the hospital? They had a homebirth!
the terminology used by the sinister voice-over man is astonishing, too, "The mother had to hold on until they got to the hospital or else", "Life or death", "remarkably they both survived the ordeal"...........etc etc etc
There is another show, called Maternity Ward, and the picture they show to advertise it is a woman's eye with a TEAR rolling down --- SO SAD and wierd! The name of it is not "High risk maternity ward" but every darn episode is some tragic woman all strapped down to every intervention known to man, FLAT on her back, I can barely breathe looking at her and feeling for her like some beached turtle who cant see or breathe, and they always end up doing a section or forceps after screaming push push push
I absolutely hate them all.
And the theres Baby Story which will randomly have a really low key homebirth on it but they are sort of rare, so I cant bother following it anymore.
Every once in a while People magazine will have some cover about "She didnt make it!!!" which is about women who birthed out of hospital by accident, and I just see this in line at the grocery store and I always think who cares/good for her.the story will inevitably be filled with how lucky they are to be alive, or what a hero DH or someone was for "Cutting the cord"-- and that aNOTHER thing!!!!! the shows about "emergency birth" are OBSESSED with the umbilical cord! It always is like the second the baby is out, what will they cut the cord with? Thankfully someone cut the cord! Luckily they had a knife! etc etc etc............would you want to be sitting in some wierd car in the snowstorm with your placenta still inside of you and your cord dangling out???? EWWW WIERD LEAVE THE MAMAS AND BABIES ALONE!!!!
Ahh. Well, alot of what i have written probably jumps all over the place, my 31 weeks preg brain is really shaky lately but I appreciate this topic and look forward to way better examples from the righteously pissed off mamas like me.
p.s. does my extended family count as "media"? :LOL they are soooooooooo negative and filled with the fear/luck/doctors-rule stuff it makes me sick.