(Closed) Does anyone else hate “A Baby Story”?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve never seen this show. But my guess is maybe they are biased against hospital births so they only show the stereotypical situations where moms are pushed to have interventions they dont want? I do know it happens a lot especially in my state so most moms who dont want to deal with that go to a midwife managed birth center.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think that’s because it really does happen that often! I had a birth plan of not getting an epidural and well I had one at 1cm, because my body wouldn’t calm down to dialate. I was also induced twice and almost two weeks late. 

I think that that home births and natural births are on the rare side right now. I do have a friend who specializes in home births as a mid wife, it would be nice to find a show that documents just those types. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not a huge fan of a baby story either. However, there was one episode the other day that got me really excited for labor. I hate how every woman on the show screams through contractions…that’s just going to make your body tense up more.

I think Baby’s First Day is worse though, the dramatic music is ridiculous and it never makes labor and delivery look special when it truly is.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Moja Milosc:  

I would if I didn’t have a complicated pregnancy/birth before. I have an extremely weak cervix, so I had to have surgery on it at 16 weeks along to reinforce it. So I have to be closely monitored. I guess if my doctor gave the go ahead to do it at home, I would consider it! We are a pretty natural family as it is, so it would be a really cool thing. My friend teaches The Bradley method! Look into it 🙂 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t like it either. I watched a bunch while pregnant and I found it mainly boring. I hate to say it, but I think 16 and Pregnant is a far better depiction of pregnancy (well minus the baby daddy drama and baby showers where the grandma-to-be is the only one of age present).

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Moja Milosc:  YES! I absolutely cringe at all birth shows on today! Every single one of them have taken a really awesome amazing natural thing and made it truamatic, demeaning by telling women they can’t do it without their medical technology, and in 95% of the cases where a mom wants a natrual birth not only do they push her & put her in a position to “fail” but they more than likely MOCK HER!

I would LOVE a show of homebirths or free standing birthing center! Showing how when encouraged and supported women can do and DO DO amazing things through birth… not screaming in wretched pain but coming together with their partners and working together to create a birth experience that brings more intimacy between them and empowerment to momma! Oh how I wish there was atleast ONE!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Though my son’s birth was beautiful because it got him here, it was not special or natural in any way. I had crazy complications that while you’re pregnant make you feel bad and like you failed at pregnancy. It escalated when it was no longer safe for me to continue being pregnant and I was induced. But I felt like after a month of bedrest seeing all the emergencies on TLC, I could say to myself that no matter what, those babies on that show always come out okay, so mine will be too, lol. I would have loved it if when he was born I could have held him and nursed him, if Darling Husband could’ve cut the cord, etc. But none of that happened due to the circumstances. I just think every birth is different but you’re right, they should show both sides. It actually would be interesting if they showed two stories together in an episode, a home birth and a hospital birth. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Funny you should say that because I have been DVRing A Baby Story so I end up watching 5 episodes back to back in a day and when seen like that, I think the natural angle is quite well represented. There have been a bunch of home births on the show and lots of natural births too. The one I saw yesterday, teh woman was begging for the epidural and the midwife and husband were refusing to let her have it! Epidural rate is like 90% in the US, makes sense that teh show would reflect that.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I like Babies First Day. There have been people who have had emergent C-sections and NICU babies on that. It seems like they often have one person planning to go naturally and one that wants an epi and it never goes they way either planned (moral of the story I guess). I have seen lots of doulas and midwifes too.

 I almost wonder it is more a liabilty issue for at home births, I know I have read PP talk about how hard it is to even find a provider that will do a homebirth because of state regulations. It would be great if they could get a birthing center to sign on like the big hospitlas do.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Meh.  I’m not crazy for A Baby Story, but I watch it sometimes anyways.  I think the births that they show probably do reflect the average American birth experience.  (i.e. mostly hospital births with epidurals and pitocin, and lots of c-sections too).  I’m personally planning for a natural birth, but honestly when they show those on A Baby Story, they tend to be kind of terrifying b/c you really can tell how much pain the mother is in. 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Moja Milosc:  Yep yep! I loved it! And I’m well aware that we all hit transition and go through that “screw this what was I thinking I was an epi NOW” stage BUT I don’t understand why they can’t depict a supportive & encouraging surrounding where the women are reminded that they CAN & that it’s worth it!

I watch BOBB & pregnant in America JUST to see the natrual births… and I should check out some youtube videos toos! That and homebirth stories on blogs since they’re all encouraging and uplifting rather than “scary”

I know that in hospitals there is a much LOWER “success” rate of natural births but I Know that there are really high success rates of homebirths (tells me that maybe, just maybe all that intervention in the hopsital isn’t needed)… ie. My midwife has only had to transfer ONE laboring mom in the last 2 1/2 years (and they already expected the possibility b/c of low amniotic fluid)….. That means that all those women did it and did it JUST FINE, whereas I have yet to have a friend in the last 2 years NOT receive pitocin or another augmenting intervention in the hospital. =/

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