One born every minute

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One born every minute
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Fri, 02-25-2011 - 12:00pm

http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/one-born-every-minute

Has anyone seen this show? I found it on Hulu, it's a lifetime reality series set in the labor and delivery ward of a hospital. I used to love show's like this, so I don't know if I've changed or what, but this show really bothers me. I've had such good hospital experiences, I thought all the stuff you read about hospitals not supporting natural births and pushing women towards c-sections was exaggeration, but this hospital reallys seems to fit all those sterotypes. Out of 12 births I watched there was 1 natural birth. The nurse assisting the woman having the natural birth was super rude to her the whole time, after saying she was supportive of natural birth. She was constantly having run-in's with the doula. She kept implying that if the mother didn't stay in bed with the monitors on all the time, something terrible was going to happen to the baby. She also suggested an internal monitor, even though there was nothing wrong, I didn't really believe those were used except in emergencies. They kepts showing the nurses rolling their eyes and looking annoyed at her vocalizing during contractions. Each episode had a c-section, and to be honest I didn't really think any of them seemed particularly medically neccessary. So out of 12 births there were 4 c-sections, 1 vaccuum delivery and 1 natural birth, and even that birth was an induction. I know these numbers probably follow the national averages, but that seems really depressing to me somehow. Also, all the c-sections were on African American women, I'm really not sure what that's about.

Anyway, I guess I'm not really sure what my point is. I'm very supportive of women having whatever birth experience they want, but I guess I just really didn't like the way this show portrayed birth, and everyone seemed so uneducated, and honestly watching all these women coming in in no pain at all, and getting all hooked up to their epidurals and then sitting their chatting for their whole labor seemed so strange. They made also made all the births so dramatic, and medical, you got the impression if the dr.'s and nurses, and interventions weren't there, all the mothers and babies would have died.

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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 6:42pm
thats the one
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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 4:53pm
I think you are talking about The Business of Being Born? I watched it a year or two ago. I think I will have to watch it again soon.
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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 2:31pm

Elyse - That sounds a lot like our hospital (execpt only 1 room has a birth tub in it, and it's first come first served), but even the showers are all tricked out so you can labor in there.

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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 2:28pm
I wish they had those type of shows on too! It would be good to show both aspects! There used to be a show on TLC about a birth center and was wonderful (can't remember the name but was
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That's why everyone (IMO) should see the Ricky Lake special.... I can't think of the name now.... what was it???
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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 9:18am

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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 8:52am

Call me crazy, but I have enjoyed the two ro three episodes I've watched. To me it's purely entertainment with no true educational value at all. That's just my take on it. I understand where you are all coming from about it not being all natural and supporting that approach, but I guess I am just not as 'crunchy' as you all are. I don't care how or where a baby is delivered so long as it's safe. I chose to have a hospital birth with an ob and an epidural (granted my labor and delivery time from walking into the hospital to delivery was 3 hrs and I didn't get the epidural until an hour in and I was 3 cm) and barring any medical issues with mom or baby they put baby on your chest for an hour before doing any measurements. My hospital supported my decision, but I also know they would have supported any decision I made about William's birth. They have jetted tubs in all rooms, birthing stools, balls, etc. When we went for a hospital tour, they made the comment that you could choose to have an epidural and stay in bed or crouch in a corner eating cheerios.

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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 3:57am

Gosh, it's amazing how different it must be from our version. Oh and Adrienne

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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 12:31am
I wish they had those type of shows on too! It would be good to show both aspects! There used to be a show on TLC about a birth center and was wonderful (can't remember the name but was in Miami). They need to come back with it!

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Fri, 03-04-2011 - 10:09pm

Well, I wouldn't watch it.

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Fri, 03-04-2011 - 8:24pm
you can watch it on lifetime's website full episodes ;)

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