Post # 1
For those of us TTC, do you think watching A Baby Story is a good idea or a bad one? Does it help us prepare, or just scare us?
I think for me personally, it is starting to be a bad thing. I always get teary when the baby first cries. But now as I am starting to get impatient with TTC, it kind makes me worry.
Do you watch this show? New mommas, did it heelp you in any way? Or was real life way different? Or did it scare you?
Post # 3
I’d say, I probably wouldn’t watch it when ttc. 🙂
Post # 4
I haven’t seen that show in about a year (last time I remember watching I was sick with the flu for a week and watched so many episodes!) but I don’t think I’ll watch now that we will be ttc by the end of the year. Great show though!
Post # 5
I have not seen that show in forever. The last time I saw it, I wasn’t TTC yet and I may not have been engaged yet. Anyway, the show never scared me at all. Sometimes it actually informed me a bit. I think at that point I already experienced my sister giving birth to my nephew so what I saw was more real. I can see how watching it would frustrate those who are unfortunately not having an easy time TTC.
Post # 6
I’m not TTC but every time I see that it’s on I change the channel as fast as I can! That show scares the bejesus out of me! LOL!!!
Post # 7
I stopped bc it became too much for me during our TTC phase right now.
Post # 8
I just started to DVR this! I still don’t know if it was a good idea. If there are any complications with the pregnancy or birth, I start to wonder if that will happen to me. I just texted my husband yesterday saying “OMG, What if she’s breech? I don’t want a c-section!” Haha, he just told me to calm down. I’m still watching them though. I just can’t stop even if it’s making me a wreck!
Post # 9
There’s a TON of intervention in the births on that show. Having a baby is like going to the bathroom. It’s easier done in private or with people you’re super comfortable with. Do you think their bodies can do what they need to do to get the baby out when they have an audience and a camera in their face? Not easily. I would be willing to bet that the use of c-sections, induction, pitocin, etc. is higher on the show than in general. It might be education to watch a couple of episodes, but I would try to limit it to the ones where the TV guide summary implies that the birth was uncomplicated and the baby was healthy.
Post # 10
Oh, I’m sure you’re right, ashpash. I don’t actually think that all births go the way they are portrayed. It just makes me think about all the unknown factors and everything that could get in the way of how I picture it happening. Don’t worry- I’m not absolutely set in stone about the way it should go either. Thanks for the perspective.
Post # 11
i say bad idea. that show always shows worst case senarios. its always a dramatic birth and they never show how beautiful birth can be. and like previous posters have mentioned, TONS of interventions.
Post # 12
I think it would freak me out while TTC. They’re only going to put the most dramatic/interesting stories on the show so just know you’re not seeing regular everyday pregnancies and delieveries.
Post # 13
ohhhh….I would never ever watch that show while TTC. I’m afraid it would freak me out and make me change my mind. I am SUCH a baby (no pun intended) when it comes to birthing stories. However, I am a glutton for punishment and might watch it out of curiosity. lol
Post # 14
i always see what it’s about before i watch it. if the description says anything about there being complications or a hard labor, no way i’m going to watch.
Post # 15
I can see how it would make you very emotional while you are trying to conceive. It makes me very emotional now as I’m in the last trimester. I get so jealous when i see them holding the baby at home afterwards. I think for that reason I would probably suggest not watching until you are actually pregnant. It could lead to more stress or make you that much more anxious about conceiving and that is the last thing that you need.
I have watched all the way through my pregnancy tho and I think that some of the episodes have helped me define what type of birth I want as far as who I want in the room and what to do at home while waiting to go to the hospital etc. Also I think it actually takes a way some of the fear of the unknown of labor also. The more you see it the more you know what to expect and feel prepared.
Post # 16
I watched it all the time while pregnant. I felt that it was better to get an idea of what would go on in the delivery room (since I was definitely delivering in a hospital). But I disagree that it shows worst case scenarios or really dramatic births. That’s real life, they are showing what women go through everyday. Plus not all of them are hospital births. The last three episodes on my DVR were all birthing centers, and they explained all the non-interventional ways to reduce pain and explained the role of the doula and everything. I really enjoyed the shows before birth.
After I gave birth I wanted nothing more than to forget about birth for a while, so I haven’t watched it since.
I never watched it TTC because I was always jealous. I’m bad like that.