How Has "Reality TV" (A Baby Story, etc) Affected Your Work? - page 2

Every time I hear that one of my clients has been religiously watched "A Baby Story" during her pregnancy, I almost cringe. I, personally, can not stand to watch "A Baby Story". The program is so... Read More

  1. by   rnmi2004
    The Baby Story episodes I've seen show both extremes: either mom is in the hospital with every intervention possible or the mom is a crunchy, tree-hugger insisting on a natural birth at home with absolutely no interventions. Nothing very realistic. It is sad that parents can watch these shows and think that they are preparing themselves for birth!

    I'd have to say that I was one of those moms who had a lot of spectators--family members there by the invitation of my husband and myself, therefore in no way a HIPPA violation. I'm very glad the nursing staff & my CNM was so accomodating. It is very special for my children to know that so many people were there to welcome them into the world, and I appreciated having so much support during labor & delivery. And I'd take germ exposure from my family over the germs from the hospital any day!
  2. by   rUmad2
    We are fortunate to have a wonderful childbirth educator who tells her classes, "Childbirth is NOT a spectator sport." And, the oddest experience I have ever had with the "Baby Story" was the mom who insisted it be on while she was pushing. Of course, the lady on TV pushed her baby out first....
  3. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from rnmi2004
    or the mom is a crunchy, tree-hugger insisting on a natural birth at home with absolutely no interventions.
    crunchy tree hugger here.. ::stalks off to eat some granola:: :chuckle
  4. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from nurseunderwater
    crunchy tree hugger here.. ::stalks off to eat some granola:: :chuckle
    There's absolutely nothing wrong with these types of people. Most often than not, I LOVE LOVE working with these families. They are very well prepared. I always have something to do when working with these families. I love supporting childbirth choices, but I must say, I love to keep busy. Moms who don't use medications are a positive challenge for me. I love to do everything I can to support their choice, it's fun to try everything in my "little magic bag" to see what works to help them through labor. I get bored easily when my client asks for an epidural at 5cm. I support their choice, but there's not a whole lot to do for them after they get an epidural. I love to stay active, and after an epidural, I usually just end up sitting around with the others in the room.

    One must decide what's right for them. I've seen epidurals help moms who aren't progressing. They can relax, and that baby descends faster through the pelvis.

    Baby Story just shows that birth is the same over and over. I've been present at more than 150 births. I can tell you, no two births are alike in any way.

    And the granola has a lot of fiber, which is GOOD FOR YOU!!! :chuckle
    To each her own, and one should do the research for themselves to find out what will work for them in labor, instead of just watching what's done on a Baby Story... grrr. I loathe that show.
  5. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    There's absolutely nothing wrong with these types of people. Most often than not, I LOVE LOVE working with these families. They are very well prepared..
    dude....i was dead serious.....i am one of those people....1 cnm hosp birth, 2 direct entry mw assisted home births....

    and your right about the granola....lots of fiba'
    xxoo

    Kate
  6. by   dansamy
    I kept my medical team busy by trying to die. (Severe pre-eclampsia/HELLP syndrome. 30 week preterm emergency c-section. Loads of fun!)
  7. by   Shed13911
    Did you and your baby come out OK? Please let us know that you BOTH were OK after it was all said and done!!
  8. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from nurseunderwater
    dude....i was dead serious.....i am one of those people....1 cnm hosp birth, 2 direct entry mw assisted home births....

    and your right about the granola....lots of fiba'
    xxoo

    Kate
    I know you were serious! I was totally agreeing with you... didn't doubt you for a second...
  9. by   punim1974
    as a teenage doula-to-be-in-training, i figured i might have an interesting POV on this topic.

    it is as follows:

    gag.

    "a baby story." what a piece of work that show is. not the best at accurately portraying a range of realistic births. :stone

    now "maternity ward", which i believe is on TLC as well, but later at night, is a show i can get behind. then again, it tells it from OB docs and nurses points of view, rather than the parents to be.

    consider my peace spoken...
  10. by   lisamc1RN
    Quote from nurseunderwater
    crunchy tree hugger here.. ::stalks off to eat some granola:: :chuckle
    :chuckle That granola looks yummy! May I join you? :chuckle

    I actually get pretty annoyed with all of those baby shows. None of them seems very real. On some of those shows, it's one frightening crisis after another. I couldn't watch them when I was pregnant because they scared me. A Baby Story was more bearable in that sense, but is was so much fluff that it was hardly useful to a expectant mother. Occasionally, I turn it on now, because my girls absolutely love to watch babies being born. Lots of ooh's and aahhh's and "look at the little baby!" :chuckle
  11. by   mother/babyRN
    People actually think it's like that, with doctors around, not too many nurses, not much pain and nothing else going on except their labor....It kind of amuses me actually...
  12. by   dansamy
    Oh, yes. Baby & I were fine. But I did give everyone quite a scare. (I walked around vomiting bile & experiencing RUQ pain & a headache for a week before I decided I didn't have "heartburn & a killer migraine".)
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Congratulations To You!

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