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Birth and Beyond > 'Knocked Up' showed the baby crowning.
Funny Face's Avatar Funny Face 07:25 PM 06-10-2007
I was surprised since you never see it in any movies but they showed the baby crowning in the birth scene... it looked like a fake vagina, but they did show it. I saw it with my girlfriends and they were like "That was so unnecessary!" I asked what made that unnecessary when it was part of the birth process but all the other breasts and full frontal nudity in the movie had nothing to do with the plot? They were quiet and I could see their gears turning, it was like they'd never thought of it. I don't necessarily think the birth process should be a public event but if other types of nudity are so accepted it seems like a natural life process shouldn't be so taboo.

fishface's Avatar fishface 01:33 AM 06-11-2007
Some of my friends did the whole "is that REALLY necessary?" bit and were countered with "that is the CLEANEST birth you will EVER see". They had nothing to say to that. I had no problems with it. If anything, it was tame. But I was surprised at how totally and absolutely hairless she was. :
sambelina's Avatar sambelina 01:45 AM 06-11-2007
I read an interview and it was a prosthetic. Funny huh!
HeatherB's Avatar HeatherB 04:40 AM 06-11-2007
How interesting! I saw the movie poster, which piqued my interest just because I'm such a birth junkie . But I'm guessing the rest of it was your pretty standard medicalized birthing stuff, eh? I love the responses that have been posted!
ericswifey27's Avatar ericswifey27 04:47 AM 06-11-2007
Atleast it's a step in the right direction. Haven't seen the movie yet though.
lovingmommyhood's Avatar lovingmommyhood 04:50 AM 06-11-2007
I was so surprised that the whole theater errupted in laughter during that scene. I thought I would hear a bunch of "ohhh gross!!" comments. It looked pretty fake to me too but I was actually glad to see it in there.
Funny Face's Avatar Funny Face 04:57 AM 06-11-2007
Yeah, the vagina was fake and she definitely had a recent brazilian wax , but otherwise I thought the labor/delivery wasn't the worst I've seen portrayed. She actually got in the tub to relax in early labor, you never see that in hollywood! Then it showed the doctor acting like an ass and he took him outside and told him he needed to be nicer to her because this was her experience, I was like, who wrote this?! It was surprisingly sensitive for a mainstream movie.
AlexisT's Avatar AlexisT 11:08 AM 06-11-2007
yeah, it was actually done pretty well. she wanted a natural birth, did the water labour, there was an a** of a doctor who got yelled at and she got what she wanted.

They did show her yelling for an epidural at the very end, but she didn't get it. So not 100% perfect natural birth but way better than what you usually get!

(BTW did anyone else spot the bed setup at Paul & Debbie's near the beginning? Looked like cosleeping )
Oriole's Avatar Oriole 12:31 PM 06-11-2007
I knew someone would post on that movie here!
I thought a lot about how it related to birth and so many experiences people talk about here. Natural birth, no drugs, pushy doctor, etc. etc. etc.
georgia's Avatar georgia 12:58 PM 06-11-2007
Newsweek called the birth scene "icky."
lovingmommyhood's Avatar lovingmommyhood 01:14 PM 06-11-2007
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Newsweek called the birth scene "icky."


How old are they?
Sara268's Avatar Sara268 01:41 PM 06-11-2007
Wow I need to see this movie! I thought for sure it would be a totally medicalized fakey birth experience. I love katherine heigl though
Inner_Serenity's Avatar Inner_Serenity 03:07 PM 06-11-2007
Here is some info from the creator of the movie Judd Apatow in regards to this.....

"I just wanted to show what is real," he says. "I show a crowning shot because if I don't show that, then I am just doing an episode of Friends . I am trying to make you feel the pain of that experience because it is the most intense moment in people's lives, and I had to do something that hadn't been done before. My original goal was to find a woman who would allow me to shoot the baby coming out and match it to the real shot. I wanted to use the same sheets and the same bed. We came close to getting it done, but the State of California said, 'You can't do it because the unborn child would need a worker's permit.' Of course, I couldn't get that until it was born!"
pinksprklybarefoot 03:27 PM 06-11-2007
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But I was surprised at how totally and absolutely hairless she was. :
I'll be honest... I shaved all of the way through pregnancy. I think I even did at the very beginning of labor.

However, now that the baby is actually here, I somehow find my time for personal hygiene lacking.
Autumn Breeze's Avatar Autumn Breeze 03:29 PM 06-11-2007
Sounds good to me. So what if she was screaming for an epidural! I would have been too during my dd's labor because it was so incredibly intense. Part of screaming for drugs for pain relief is just because we know they're there, it doesn't mean we really truly WANT them

And IIRC, "Dr.T and the Women" showed a crowning shot as well at the end.
HeatherB's Avatar HeatherB 03:31 PM 06-11-2007
How interesting! Thanks for the info! I've read some more reviews and don't think I'll be seeing it, but from what I'm gathering there are definitely some positive aspects to the movie.
luckymamato2's Avatar luckymamato2 08:50 PM 06-11-2007
cool! I never would have figured that they'd show something like that.

I also screamed for an epi during the last hour or so of my labor. I wouldn't have allowed them to carry me across the street for one, though. I'm so glad they didn't have them at the birth center.
DoomaYula's Avatar DoomaYula 08:57 PM 06-11-2007
Hey, I screamed for a C-SECTION during my twins birth! (And the nurse said, "oh no, honey, you really don't want that!" Thank you, anonymous nurse!)

I'm definitely planning to see it, I love KH and I loved The 40yo Virgin.
cottonwood's Avatar cottonwood 09:15 PM 06-11-2007
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I'll be honest... I shaved all of the way through pregnancy. I think I even did at the very beginning of labor.

However, now that the baby is actually here, I somehow find my time for personal hygiene lacking.
The area's probably more hygienic not being shaved.
ollineeba's Avatar ollineeba 09:27 PM 06-11-2007
I really want to go see that movie!
lovingmommyhood's Avatar lovingmommyhood 09:29 PM 06-11-2007
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I'll be honest... I shaved all of the way through pregnancy. I think I even did at the very beginning of labor.

However, now that the baby is actually here, I somehow find my time for personal hygiene lacking.
Ditto. Although, I still keep it shaved. I do not like the hairy look.
Alohamelly's Avatar Alohamelly 10:23 PM 06-11-2007
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Some of my friends did the whole "is that REALLY necessary?" bit and were countered with "that is the CLEANEST birth you will EVER see". They had nothing to say to that. I had no problems with it. If anything, it was tame. But I was surprised at how totally and absolutely hairless she was. :
People in the movie theater were so grossed out when they showed it. But that was the first thing I said to my DH after they showed it! Wow, that's way too clean to be real! And where is the pubic hair?

ETA: I *wish* I could shave or at least groom right now, but there's no way I could reach!

And there's another movie that shows a baby being born - Dr. T and the Women.
luckymamato2's Avatar luckymamato2 11:20 PM 06-11-2007
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Hey, I screamed for a C-SECTION during my twins birth! (And the nurse said, "oh no, honey, you really don't want that!" Thank you, anonymous nurse!)
Oh, me too! I asked during the pushing phase for them to just cut "it" out!
GinaRae's Avatar GinaRae 11:39 PM 06-11-2007
During my first VBAC I also asked for the c-section. They thougt I was serious, but I then turned it down, walked down the hallway to the delivery room (separate from labor room) and he was crowning.
Evergreen's Avatar Evergreen 11:46 PM 06-11-2007
YEah, I screamed for the epidural during my first birth (a UC).

I screamed for a "C-section at the neck" during the second one (a totally natural but difficult hospital transfer).

Loved the movie!
EmmaJean's Avatar EmmaJean 01:13 AM 06-12-2007
I enjoyed the scene and was surprised how unmedical it was, parents standing their ground, etc. And her asking for the epidural at the end is what almost EVERY mother does "I NEED something!" even if they don't really really mean it. But the doc was great, "It's too late...etc....and that's not what you wanted anyway" or something like that. So sweet for him to say that at the end! that's exactly what a mom needs to hear!
Funny Face's Avatar Funny Face 05:21 PM 06-12-2007
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My original goal was to find a woman who would allow me to shoot the baby coming out and match it to the real shot. I wanted to use the same sheets and the same bed. We came close to getting it done, but the State of California said, 'You can't do it because the unborn child would need a worker's permit.' Of course, I couldn't get that until it was born!"
That's so weird, what about all of the births they shoot for educational purposes or Baby Story? I'm confused...
GinaRae's Avatar GinaRae 05:24 PM 06-12-2007
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That's so weird, what about all of the births they shoot for educational purposes or Baby Story? I'm confused...
A for profit movie might be different legally than a documentary??
applejuice's Avatar applejuice 06:20 PM 06-12-2007
Maybe they are not filmed in CA.
HeatherB's Avatar HeatherB 10:34 PM 06-12-2007
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Maybe they are not filmed in CA.
Baby Story is filmed in NJ/NY/CT area. They used to do some in CA, though, I think, but are pretty much only around NYC nowadays.
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