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A show, which is fantastic in many ways, but the way they handled childbirth? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><br><br>
Let me list the high points:<br>
1. Father-to-be, Steve, having a nightmare when the mother-to-be, Susan, shares her birthplan which includes that she doesn't want an epidural. "There's pain and there's pain relief, this isn't a question anyone should fail."<br><br>
2. In the antenatal class, Steve and his friends (it's a sitcom, that's why they're there) go over pain relief options, "drugs" "definitely drugs".<br><br>
3. Susan tells Steve that it will be his job to make her ask three times to have an epidural if she does ask for one. This is actually a positive point because it makes Steve feel more involved in the whole birth process. However, when the time comes, what is actually shown is Steve flying out of the delivery room with a bruised cheek. And Susan madly gasping out "get me a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/censored.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="censored">: epidural NOW!"<br><br>
4. Later on, we find out that Susan's labor as been augmented in some way, but she's not progressing. We find this out right after the epidural gets topped up. (Um... HELLO??? Duh????)<br><br>
5. And this little factoid comes out in a conversation between Steve and the doctor/midwife/nurse (some female medical person who has this authority) about how, since Susan isn't progressing, it might be time to consider a c-section. Susan isn't in on the conversation because the epidural has made her loopy. On the positive side, the c-section is correctly described as major surgery involving cutting through many layers that takes weeks to recover from and leaves scarring. Steve takes note of this, asks if it leaves things "lower down" in one piece and, upon finding out that this is the case, heads into the room to discuss things with Susan. "Susan! Great news!"<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><br><br>
I feel sooo guilty for laughing at:<br>
Anethesiologist: Feeling better, are we?<br>
Susan: Better? I'd do you right now, but I have someone coming the other way.
 

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yeah, i love the show, but was not thoroughly impressed with this, although i tried to remind myself it was from a mainstream man's perspective, and that made it bearable
 

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Love the show, but that whole season was pretty disappointing for us anyway! Given everything else we felt they screwed up, I'm not surprised the birth was your typical TV show stereotype.
 

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I have so much trouble watching portrayals of birth on tv/in movies now.<br><br>
A month or so ago I watched "Father of the Bride Part II" (where mom and daughter are prego and go into labor together). I nearly threw something at the tv. The daughter is sitting in the hospital bed, at 5 cm, just hanging out. Scrunches up her face a couple of times but doesn't appear to be in any real pain. Then the mom is supposedly in transition, yet walking around and talking, not even really noticing that she is in labor. When I was in transition, the only thing I noticed was that I was in labor!<br><br>
One of my favorite shows of all time is "Six Feet Under," and I thought they did a pretty good, albeit brief portrayal of birth in the final couple of episodes. The character, Brenda, looks like hell. Looks like she is working hard (like she is in labor!). Then the baby winds up in the NICU and she has trouble getting the doctors to let her see it. As far as tv goes, I thought it was pretty realistic. But this show also has been pretty good on my other pet topics, like having mothers of babies nursing vs giving formula and having one family co-sleeping.
 

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That is one thing Coupling did right, Susan got a breastpump and explained it to Steve as "this is very important if I'm going to go back to work." I loved the blithe assumption that *of course* the baby'd get breastmilk and *of course* there'd be no problems with pumping at work.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That is one thing Coupling did right, Susan got a breastpump and explained it to Steve as "this is very important if I'm going to go back to work." I loved the blithe assumption that *of course* the baby'd get breastmilk and *of course* there'd be no problems with pumping at work.</div>
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i tell myself that Susan would probably be on these boards within a couple months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i think there's an MDCer lurking under the surface
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One of my favorite shows of all time is "Six Feet Under," and I thought they did a pretty good, albeit brief portrayal of birth in the final couple of episodes. The character, Brenda, looks like hell. Looks like she is working hard (like she is in labor!). Then the baby winds up in the NICU and she has trouble getting the doctors to let her see it. As far as tv goes, I thought it was pretty realistic. But this show also has been pretty good on my other pet topics, like having mothers of babies nursing vs giving formula and having one family co-sleeping.</div>
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My only issue with Brenda's birth scene is that she goes into labor in the Standard Television Way, where there's nothing going on, and then the pregnant woman gasps, and suddenly she's in HARD LABOR and huffing and puffing and screaming. I've never seen that happen in real life.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My only issue with Brenda's birth scene is that she goes into labor in the Standard Television Way, where there's nothing going on, and then the pregnant woman gasps, and suddenly she's in HARD LABOR and huffing and puffing and screaming. I've never seen that happen in real life.</div>
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Strangely, I have thought about that... her water breaks when she goes to pick up Maya. Then they cut to her at the hospital, which could have been hours later.<br><br>
I figure her husband just died, maybe the stress of it brought on labor? DF's father died before he was born, and his mother's water broke early (at the funeral from my understanding). It seemed stress-related. So I guess the personal anecdote was why I gave SFU a pass on the dramatic water-breaking scene.
 
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