Mama and the Media: What to Watch During Pregnancy
Get the scoop on what’s most likely to build your confidence and what’s just going to freak you out!
Birth Day (the DVD, not the TV show) — If you want a film to remind you that birth can be a calm, tender, moving experience, this is it. Birth Day takes you into the home of Naoli Lopez for the birth of her third child. This is a great one for every expectant family, especially for those looking for a video to share with children who may be at the birth. Even though this one is 100% homebirth, I think it’s a powerful reminder that great birth can happen anywhere.
Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing – If my past self (who has a journalism degree with an advertising emphasis) and my present self (birth junkie in every way, shape, and form) had a baby together, it would be this documentary. You see birth from the mass media point of view, which undoubtedly shapes a woman’s perception and confidence in the birthing process from a young age, and then see real birth, something few of us ever actually witness. This one is totally a must see!
Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices — Lamaze offers free, online informational videos that illustrate real women demonstrating each of the six healthy birth practices. Each video is less than 4 minutes long and provides simple, useful tips to keep birth safe and healthy.
My final plug for confidence-building: do not, I repeat DO NOT subject yourself to any of the “birth” shows on television. This includes “A Baby Story,” “Bringing Baby Home,” “Deliver Me,” “Birth Day,” “One Born Every Minute,” or any other crazy show that you may find. They are likely to instill fear and confusion, often depicting a highly medicalized, worse-case scenario image of birth. There is very little that is real about those reality shows, so please stay away.
Now it’s time to pop that popcorn and get watching, mamas!
Lamaze International, www.lamaze.org, promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting practices. Lamaze serves as a resource for information, based on the most current medical advice, about what to expect and what choices are available during the childbearing years. Giving Birth with Confidence is the Lamaze blog written for and by real women and men on topics related to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenting. The Lamaze Push for Your Baby campaign provides expectant parents with the support and information needed to spot good maternity care and push for the safest, healthiest birth possible.