How Has "Reality TV" (A Baby Story, etc) Affected Your Work? - page 3

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   boulergirl
    I've never seen "Baby Story" but I have seen "Maternity Ward". There was a 17-year-old on there who was obviously NOT ready for childbirth. All she did was toss and turn on the gurney and scream, "GET IT OUUUUUUUUUUT!!!!!!!!! I WANNA GO HOOOOOOOOME!!!!!!!!" I was irritated and wanted to yell at her, "Well, if you'd sit up and start PUSHING, maybe the baby would come out! What a concept!"

    As for "Cops", I have a friend whose husband is addicted to the show. He just became a police officer (it was his lifelong dream) and he says his work is just like you see on the show. He LOVES being a cop.

    The only reality show I watch on a regular basis is "Starting Over" (the only thing I don't like is the cattiness of the housemates sometimes). I like watching the life coaches at work.
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    it is my feeling these reality shows do more harm than educating. JMO.
  3. by   Mermaid4
    Lets see....The doctor is always there, or always there on time...The nurses are calm AND have time to be interviewed on camera. NO one is screaming. NO one is being mean to the nurses. The anesthesiologist is either there or waiting in the wings when the patient wants an epidural as opposed to being home and downright rude or nasty when you dare to call him or her in the middle of the night..Need I say more? The patients actually do NOT expect to have pain and they rarely if EVER get "bad" babies....
  4. by   kastas
    Quote from Mermaid4
    Lets see....The doctor is always there, or always there on time...The nurses are calm AND have time to be interviewed on camera. NO one is screaming. NO one is being mean to the nurses. The anesthesiologist is either there or waiting in the wings when the patient wants an epidural as opposed to being home and downright rude or nasty when you dare to call him or her in the middle of the night..Need I say more? The patients actually do NOT expect to have pain and they rarely if EVER get "bad" babies....

    Very very good. You couldn't have said it better! All of my pet peeves summed up nicely!
  5. by   EmilyCCRN
    I'm not a fan of any reality TV, but I did watch an episode of "A Baby Story" that was quite amusing. An OB/Gyn and her husband were the featured couple on the show (their first baby). During the "interview" at the beginning of the show, the OB was very smug in saying that she wouldn't use any drugs during her labor, and she couldn't believe how many of her patients "couldn't stand a little pain" and asked for epidurals. Then, during her delivery (on camera, of course), she was SCREAMING "I can't take the pain. I need DRUGS!" and was crying and carrying on as much as anyone. I hope she's a better doctor now that she knows what it feels like and won't look down on her patients for asking for an epidural!
  6. by   Mermaid4
    I forgot to inlcude this...Last week we had one of those wild deliveries where you are trying to put an iv into the arm ( or somewhere) of a flailing patient..SOMEhow Imanaged to get it in but we never were really able to calm the patient, who was, of COURSE, having some fetal distress...I at one point got hit on the head by the toco as she ripped it off herself..Notice the IV is always in on those shows too....We finally got to pushing ( anesthesia wouldn't even come near the pt she was so out of control) with the screaming and the pinching and the digging in of the nails..The pt wanted just me around too, despite all that and just as she is screaming and the head is soming out and she is trying to close her legs and cut off my circulation, we realize we need fundal pressure ( haven't worked so hard or been so sore since I was an athlete), the husband fainted...The troops arrive ( all two of them) one to revive him, and one to help me and the doc...I get splashed with amniotic fluid and we do eventually end up with a good baby, and after all was said and done, while I was standing there a bloody crummy mess and we all looked like hell, one of my friends looked at me and cracked up observing that we would NEVER see that on a Baby Story!
  7. by   xmaxiex
    Ok I admit it when pregnant with my third child I agreed to do a film of my labor for a student group. The midwife said I would be perfect because I never used pain meds and had a supportive husband and my labors progressed rapidly . Well darnit wouldn't ya know I had to veer from the script. Flash foward to me 12 hours into labor , fully dilated , have my husband by the shirt , all types of ****** coming out of my mouth . I was pushing and this child wouldn't budge. Then they say c-section time , as they are wheeling me down the hall the baby is pushed halfway out and stuck , after many scary minutes go by , fifteen deep in the room (including film crew ) they yank all of her eleven lbs out tearing nerves in her arm (erbs palsy ) and I hemmorage later , infusions and days of hospital , then months and months of therapy for her , They had the nerve to say they wouldn't use that footage because they wanted a normal birth !!!!!!!!! Guess I couldn't cut the mustard in hollywood!! LOL

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