(Closed) How many live births have you watched? and do you think they help?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Do you think wathing live births help prepare you for real labour?
    Yes : (13 votes)
    33 %
    No : (24 votes)
    62 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I don’t think they help at all. The only thing I can see from them is trying to get someone to panick over something they cannot control. And since every labor is different how would watching someone else’s labor do anything for you? I think it’s a good idea to learn labor positions, breathing, and methods for coping with the pain, but I saw a couple videos this weekend at class and I felt like it was just trying to scare us especially when you really can’t do anything about it.

    Post # 4
    9816 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    There really isn’t a way to prepare for having a tiny human come out of your body by watching videos.

    Post # 5
    1497 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @KatyElle:  +1,000

    Nor will it indicate how the experience will go for you.


    Post # 6
    1882 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    It can’t hurt to watch them-obviously be as prepared as you can-but some things will be out of your control and don’t count on your birth to be anywhere near similar to another persons.

    In my birth class we watched a vaginal birth with epi, non medicated vaginal birth, and c-section. I had a vaginal birth with failed epidural. They didn’t show that one in class.


    Post # 7
    1660 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I don’t know… I feel a little better prepared for labor after helping coach my sister through the birth of my nephew. I know there’s no way to predict how things will go for me, but it gave me a much better idea of what to expect.

    Post # 8
    4038 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Watching videos on the internet, no. Being in the room when my stepsister was giving birth, yes. 

    ETA: Except that my labor and delivery were so different from hers that it didn’t prepare me as much as get me a littlle more comfortable in the setting/with the tools/etc.

    Post # 9
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I think watching live births scared me more than anything!  The first video I watched was in my birthing class at like 36/37 weeks.  Afterwards I told my husband, “My body can’t do that.  I don’t know how that’s humanely possible.”  Lol!  But really, watching the videos freaked me out.  :/  I think reading birth stories actually made me a lot more comfortable with the process than watching the videos.

    Post # 10
    1280 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think it depends on the individual. I think being prepared for birth by edjucating yourself is absolutely essential BUT for some people it’s better to have less of a visual because it will make them more nervous and scared. For me personally seeing a birth is helpful because i like to prepare for the worst but hope for the best. For some that would just make the paranoid the whole time. It’s a personal choice. 

    Post # 11
    466 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Before I was pregnant I could not watch any of the birth story tv shows, etc, they scared the crap out of me. Since I’ve been pregnant, it’s actually helped. I watched a few documentaries with natural childbirth that I thought would scare the heck out of me, but it’s actually made me feel way less scared. That being said, I realize that when the time comes, all bets are off and it’s going to go how it’s going to go! But for now, I’m happy to not be so terrified, LOL!

    Post # 12
    9482 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I think live births are fascinating. I was 13 when saw my youngest brother born. I don’t think they prepare you though. Just a little more aware. 

    Post # 13
    258 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Personally, watching a lot of videos has helped me come to terms with the variety of things that my body will be going through and helped me be less freaked out.  But I like as much information as possible and for me, the best videos were of natural births that included the lead up, not just the final act of the baby coming out. 

    I think it’s individual.  if watching them freaks you out, then maybe it’s not the best way for you to prepare for birth.  but for me, I feel better having the benefit of seeing how others coped and managed to survive it, lol.

    Post # 14
    1652 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Personally I wouldn’t find it helpful. I would rather go into it with a clean slate so that I can make my experience my own rather than having what I’ve seen at the back on my mind. I have read thoroughly the stages of labour and will be practising birthing techniques. But I don’t want to visual image of someone else’s labour already in my mind.

    Post # 15
    385 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I don’t like the birth reality TV shows because I think they portray birth in too dramatic of a way and don’t help women get a good idea of what a real birth is like. Our birth class did show us several births (medicated, non-medicated, and ending in c-section) and I actually think they helped.

    I know I won’t have the same experiences as the videos, but it was great for me to watch other women give birth successfully. If they did it, I can too. Ive also read up on all the stages, etc, but seeing it visually was more empowering for me.

    Post # 16
    1434 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    “f— no!” wasn’t an option so I simply voted: “no”

    Labor is something I’ll go through in 6w so Ibe been watching a million videos of all type of births and ham horrified. In fact,I just thinking about it makes me squeeze my legs together & say “ooooh please Lord,help me!” I am so so scared. I guess the pain is very short lived and women forget it soon after but still! Ugh! I’m scared. 

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