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i recently saw "parenthood" (with steve martin, diane wiest) for the first time in 15 or so years. i mostly enjoyed it (actually quite enjoyed it) but was so frustrated by this hospital birth scene nearly the end...bright lights, lots of hospital staff, and "thank goodnes sthe mother lived!"

it has given me a hunger to find movies that have positive birth scenes. perhaps even at home? some that i could offer to family and well meaning friends as examples taht medical birth is not the only way.

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These aren't movies but there are some on Utube. I got to them via links on this site. I wish I could help you with what you're asking. I'd be interested also.
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Most movies and TV shows seem to make childbirth into a huge drama- either they rush to a hospital, or they're prevented from doing so by a natural disaster and everybody is petrified.

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There is a homebirth of twins in Are We Done Yet?

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I'm sorry I don't have any natural birth scenes to recommend, but I have to say that I love when you find out that it is Dianne Wiest who has the baby at the end of that movie.

god, I love Parenthood. I should watch it again..thanks for the reminder
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Judging Amy has (I have heard, but haven't managed to see it yet) a really good home birth episode where a mama gives birth in a pool with Judge Amy's mother acting as the doula.

Dharma and Greg had a really cute home birth episode. Best line: Greg, "shouldn't we be heading to a hospital by now???" Abby, "why? she's not sick!"

But if you really want to see a good natural birth scene you should see the water birth scene of the Farscape movie. Both natural and fun.

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Malcolm in the middle's mom had all of her kids at home, accidentally.

I remember a couple of years ago, a Nativity movie had Mary passed out and laying on the ground after the Birth of Jesus, with Joseph holding the baby. So strange. No one knows what a natural birth would be in that situation.

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Big Momma's House 2 has a homebirth in it.
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In "The Scarlet Letter" Demi Moore has a natural birth scene. With a midwife. But she's thoroughly mediocre, and that's not enough reason to see the movie, which is, A, not remotely faithful to the book and B, not great.



Well, I couldn't stand the book anyway when forced to read it in school. But ... Gary Oldman is just unspeakably and almost unbearably gorgeous in it, which *is* enough reason to see the movie. For seriously-hormonal-little-ol'-me, anyway.
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I remember a couple of years ago, a Nativity movie had Mary passed out and laying on the ground after the Birth of Jesus, with Joseph holding the baby. So strange. No one knows what a natural birth would be in that situation.
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Judging Amy has (I have heard, but haven't managed to see it yet) a really good home birth episode where a mama gives birth in a pool with Judge Amy's mother acting as the doula.
I loved Judging Amy and watched it faithfully in syndication...this episode where Amy's clerk, Donna, has her baby in a pool in Amy's living room brings me to tears every single time.


Donna is estranged from her mother because her mother thinks she's, well, strange...and even though Donna invites her mom to be there for the birth and to be her coach, her mom leaves...and Donna is heartbroken.

Tyne Daly, Amy's mom, is a no-nonsense woman and she thinks Donna's a bit odd, too, but she is clearly just galled at that mother abandoning her daughter at such a moment, and she rolls up her sleeves and climbs into the pool with Donna and wraps her arms around her...and as the go to credits, the labor and delivery progresses.

I swear, I cry EVERY time I see that episode...and I've seen it a bunch.
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WEEDS season 2 (I think!) has an accidental UC (Halia's daughter/niece???) that turns out fine.

Also CHILDREN OF MEN is a good movie with an awesome natural birth in it. If you get the DVD, they show how they animated the newborn and stuff--very cool and realistic. Mom gives birth on her back, though. The thing that bothered me is that there's no breastfeeding which makes no sense in context (there hasn't been a baby born on Earth for 18 years or so).

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In "The Scarlet Letter" Demi Moore has a natural birth scene. With a midwife. But she's thoroughly mediocre, and that's not enough reason to see the movie, which is, A, not remotely faithful to the book and B, not great.



Well, I couldn't stand the book anyway when forced to read it in school. But ... Gary Oldman is just unspeakably and almost unbearably gorgeous in it, which *is* enough reason to see the movie. For seriously-hormonal-little-ol'-me, anyway.
oh my god i agree with you.
my gary oldman lust increased ten fold after watching that awful movie.

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I remember a couple of years ago, a Nativity movie had Mary passed out and laying on the ground after the Birth of Jesus, with Joseph holding the baby. So strange. No one knows what a natural birth would be in that situation.
I don't remember that part, but i do remember how Joseph was holding the baby up and you could see his shadow and the birth nerd in me was wondering why there was no umbilical cord

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Hmmm, I guess Apocalypto where a women gives birth while stuck in a well that is filling with rainwater while holding her toddler son on her shoulders as her husband is fighting his way back to her after their village was raided and he was capatured isn't the type of movie you had in mind. But man, at least it's one birth scene that didn't involve a rush to the hospital!

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Um, Milo and Otis? Puppies and kittens, but well, natural birth! (And surprisingly graphic for a kids' film, you actually see the critters being born. Pretty cool, although the moviemakers did perpetrate some rather icky cruelty to animals during the making of that movie, so you may not want to see it... still, good childhood memories, and the theme music, which was Schumann's 'Of Foreign Lands and People', ended up being my wedding walk-down-the-aisle tune! Processional, the recessional was Star Wars. Anyhoo).

The Children of Men birth was bloody. I mostly remember the blood-soaked mattress. Not exactly uplifting and choirs-of-angelsy, but yeah... bloody!

Hmm. In All the Rivers Run Sigrid Thorton's character gave birth on a riverbank at one point, I believe. But it was kinda emergency... in fact, I can't remember if the child even survived... so again, not really positive and uplifting.

Crikey! I'd never realised positive natural births were so scarce in film! I don't remember much about Jesus' birth in The Nativity Story, but the birth of John the Baptist was kinda cool. Elizabeth was squatting, holding a knotted rope suspended from the ceiling, I think, and there were relatives all crowding around, and Mary was watching from the doorway--it was kinda cool.

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it's been ages since I saw it, but I seem to remember a pretty good squatting-in-the-jungle-under-a-tree birth scene from Blue Lagoon. now, granted, Brooke Shields' character was understandably terrified, but it was all upright and active nevertheless. And she figured out breastfeeding all on her own.

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Antonia's Line has a good birth scene if I remember correctly. It's a beautiful woman positive, life, birth, death natural circle of life positive movie. Dutch subtitles I think?
http://www.amazon.com/Antonias-Line-...d=I7XN4UTSD6IX
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There's an amazing birth scene in Apocalypto, it's a natural unassisted birth, but it's not really very positive, the mother is in a very scary situation, which has nothing to do with her labor. But everything and everyone turns out okay.
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There is a homebirth of twins in Are We Done Yet?
With a male midwife!

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Expecting. It's a Canadian film about a homebirth. Colin Mochrie is in it from Whose Line is it Anyway. It's all improv and was filmed over a couple of days. The actors were given very little info about the scenes and just had to react to the events in character. It's a great film. Has the crazy med minded sister, an insecure maneating best friend, several potential fathers and others attending a crunchy free spirited woman's homebirth. She even gets into the birth pool for a bit.
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Children of Men has been mentioned a couple times. I immediately thought of that birth scene also. I especially loved when she asked about cutting the cord, and the male character said there was no hurry.

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I don't remember exactly how it went in Clan of the Cave Bear, but it seemed pretty good in the book, at the time.
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