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Doesn't Baby Story p*** you off?!

post #1 of 38
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I watched it yesterday...came in the middle so I didn't get the whole set up. I guess this woman was overdue & being induced and nothing was happening. So the doctor comes in and gives her one of those, "well, we can wait for another couple days over which you'll be getting injections, pitocin, etc. go through an eternity of pain and who knows whether it will all amount to anything, OR you can get a c-section in one hour." Then they leave them to decide while the husband paces rapidly from foot to foot - you can read his thoughts thinking, 'o my God, we can get this all over within an hour?' Of course the woman decides on a c-section and the doctor says smugly, "I think you've made the right decision." No, she made YOUR decision. I hate how they manipulate people! I felt so bad for her...denied the experience of natural birth for no reason. Not to mention she won't be so bloody psyched when she can't get out of bed for 3 weeks! Then they finish off the episode with her giving her 1 month old baby rice cereal as they play music like its the sweetest thing in the world. Ah, the mainstream!
post #2 of 38


Why don't they have the Postpartum Depression Story? Or Post Traumatic Stress Reaction Story to follow? Why don't they show her in a psychiatrist's office trying to figure out what meds she can take while breastfeeding, dealing with the fact that her body has been sliced open unnecessarily? Why don't they show how difficult it is to breastfeed with your staples in? Why not show the baby, struggling in the NICU, born too soon for no good reason?

Ugh.

Can you tell I still have some issues with my second birth?
post #3 of 38
My SIL and I were just talking about this last weekend. She said she couldn't believe all these "labour and delivery" shows with nothing but epidurals and c-sections. She gave birth (3 times) in a small town hospital with no anesthesiolgist. An epidural wasn't even an option (unless something was wrong - then she would sent by ambulance to the next town over.) She couldn't believe how on all these shows "everyone" gets an epidural. We both agreed that way too many doctors treat pregnancy as a "disorder" that they help cure us of, after 9 months. It seems like they want to "medically intervene" whenever possible (not just when necessary).
post #4 of 38
I can't watch either Baby story or Birth Day anymore. I was really into it for awhile while I was pregnant, but I kept seeing hospital births with epidurals(I would turn it when I saw them putting one in, just the idea of one makes my skin crawl)And when they did show a homebirth or birthcenter, I would get ticked off because I couldn't have one(no midwives where I was, and closest birthcenter was 2 hours away).

I do understand some women "need" epidurals, but I didn't with either birth(and my first was a pitocin induced back labor birth!), and it just makes me mad seeing so many turn to the epidural at 4cm.
post #5 of 38
nak
the worst thing is the majority of ppl watching it are pregnant women. they will think its totally normal. grrrrr
do parents really give babies that young cereal? i know many 'mainstreamers' and have never heard of that. what are ppl thinking:
post #6 of 38

yucky cereal

I was totally grossed out by that cereal deal, as was DS who was busy nursing while I watched. "Change the channel, Mama!"

I have *never* seen a breastfeeding mother. If they do show a homebirth or birth center, they never SHOW BF even if the mother IS. They just show some lame bath scene.

Breasts are not obscene. Watching a mama force-feed that nasty cereal is obscene!

With great disgust,

Jean
:Puke
post #7 of 38
Funnily enough, I turned on Baby Story today and it was an african american woman, her white husband, and their african american, male, doula. They were all doing yoga because she teaches prenatal yoga. She birthed at a birth center with a midwife, and after the baby was born they waited to cut the cord, and they showed her nursing afterwards! I was totally amazed.

The name of the episode was Sark, if you can catch it!
post #8 of 38
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Why don't they have the Postpartum Depression Story? Or Post Traumatic Stress Reaction Story to follow?
:LOL
post #9 of 38
Baby Story was filming in NYC during the time of my pg and delivery, and they were looking for people to film. even though i'd love for birthing centers to get greater representation on that show, i couldn't do it--i can't imagine giving birth with a camera crew around--YUCK!!!!!

as far as epidurals go, these shows do make it seem normal--i can't tell you how many people have been shocked by the fact that i didn't have one, and didn't even have the possibility of getting one!! i've seen a couple of episodes that were homebirths or birthing centers, but those are soooo rare.
post #10 of 38
Really Stonehenge?? Wow, I always figured it was, like, 40 percent. I guess I am out of it:
post #11 of 38
YES!!! And somehow, I keep going back for more. Maybe it's to arm myself with everything that can go wrong once you let one small intervention into your birthing experience. I dunno...

I have started many a thread here about my anger over A Baby Story....do a search, I'm sure you'll find one.

Kylix
post #12 of 38
RE: breastfeeding---

The late, great Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn said that he did not think it was indecent for a woman to breastfeed in public. He said that bottlefeeding a baby was a dirty and disgusting habit that should be done only in the privacy of a bathroom.

Sounds absurd when the tables are turned doesn't it?

Babies love breastmilk!
post #13 of 38
When I see the ladies in labor with the epidurals I get so pissed. when I see them push and act like their having so much pain while doing it.:
post #14 of 38
I hate that freaking show
post #15 of 38
In my 3 years of baby lust while TTC, I watched A Baby Story and Birth Day as often as I could. When I finally got pregnant, I could not stand to watch the shows. Well, I'd watch them, but would get so mad and worked up I'd give myself a headache. I'd call DH at work to vent and he'd ask "So why do you watch those shows anyhow?" Good question. I think I was always hoping to at least see someone breastfeed. I gave up on seeing a non-medicated, undisturbed birth on either show and stopped watching. Better for me to watch cartoons - laughter is better for the soul.
post #16 of 38
the worst part is the mother on that episode was a freaking NURSE!!! should've know better than feeding a 6 week old cereal!
post #17 of 38
Moving this to the media forum!
post #18 of 38
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Originally posted by owensmom
Funnily enough, I turned on Baby Story today and it was an african american woman, her white husband, and their african american, male, doula. They were all doing yoga because she teaches prenatal yoga. She birthed at a birth center with a midwife, and after the baby was born they waited to cut the cord, and they showed her nursing afterwards! I was totally amazed.

The name of the episode was Sark, if you can catch it!
A male doula?? A professional male doula, not just a friend? I have never heard of one! Wow, learn something new every day.

So would any of you hire a male doula? (Maybe I should start a poll!)
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post #20 of 38
A male midwife? Wow! I really am having my horizons broadened tonight!
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