Those Baby Shows - page 3

World BirthDay, A Baby Story, Bringing Home Baby.....what are your thoughts on them? Love em? Hate em? Why? This is your chance to rant about the shows or rave on your favorites!... Read More

  1. by   Lovely_RN
    ****I have to vent about those silly shows so please forgive me******

    I watched those shows religously while I was expecting my baby and they totally gave me a false sense of what to expect. I actually apologized to the doc and nurse after I had my daughter because I cursed like a sailor while I was in a stadol induced stupor. I really thought I was abnormal because I had never seen anyone carry on the way I did on a Baby story! So instead of feeling proud that I gave birth to an almost 8lb baby with only 8 hours of labor and no epi I felt bad for not being able to control myself like those women on T.V.

    I also cannot watch Bringing Home Baby because the couples do act stepford like! I hate to see a new mom who wants to bf giving the baby a supplemental bottle . It sucks because they haven't been taught any better and they are really going to wonder what they heck happened in a week when their milk supply drastically dwindles and they end up supplementing even more or just throwing in the towel because they think they can't manufacture enough milk. I almost fell into that trap and thank God I found LLL before I lost my milk completely! It took a lot of hard work to build my supply back up and get to a point where I can EBF.

    Finally, the absolute last thing new parent's need is a camera crew on them 24/7 or for that matter any visitors at all. It creates nothing but stress and aggravation to have people over during the first few weeks. There should be a rule for new parents that all visitors must cook, clean, and run errands!
    They should also voluntarily leave the room or better yet your home without being told to do so when it's time to feed the baby. I am sorry but the entire extended family doesn't need to stare at my boobs while I am trying to get a 1-week-old baby to latch on properly and I don't need any helpful comments like: "She doesn't look like she is getting anything? Or how much formula does she drink? She looks hungry why don't you just give her a bottle" Grrrrr :angryfire


    O.K Vent over...thanks for letting me share.
  2. by   htrn
    On admission.

    Me: Have you taken any prenatal classes during your pregnancy?

    Pt: No, but I've been watching "Baby Story" and reading alot of stuff on the internet.

    Me: Groan and
  3. by   LiveZen
    Glad this thread has caught some interest. I was figuring most people around here didn't like the shows...which is perfectly fine with me. I'm pretty much a sucker for any medical/baby shows...I think they're fun...but fun is different than trying to substitute that for prenatal classes...yikes!

    I must say though, that I think the adoption stories are really neat. I know the families have to drop a ton of money to make it happen, but the fact that they are willing to make that sacrifice to take on a baby no one else wanted...I think that is amazing. I know a family who does ok financially (not loaded, but does ok), with 3 kids already and they are waiting for a baby girl from China. No TV show involved. They would think that was crazy.

    But, I will admit, even the adoption shows make the whole process seem quick and easy though (like a 30 minute labor) instead of the 18 month process that international adoption really is. TV glams everything up doesn't it?
  4. by   slou!
    Quote from LiveZen
    Glad this thread has caught some interest. I was figuring most people around here didn't like the shows...which is perfectly fine with me. I'm pretty much a sucker for any medical/baby shows...I think they're fun...but fun is different than trying to substitute that for prenatal classes...yikes!

    I must say though, that I think the adoption stories are really neat. I know the families have to drop a ton of money to make it happen, but the fact that they are willing to make that sacrifice to take on a baby no one else wanted...I think that is amazing. I know a family who does ok financially (not loaded, but does ok), with 3 kids already and they are waiting for a baby girl from China. No TV show involved. They would think that was crazy.

    But, I will admit, even the adoption shows make the whole process seem quick and easy though (like a 30 minute labor) instead of the 18 month process that international adoption really is. TV glams everything up doesn't it?
    I agree with all of this. I always find myself watching all of the Discovery Health shows and anything medical related, like these shows! But I can see how they would be annoying!

    I also think the adoption stories are neat. I know a lot of people who are adopting, both internationally and nationally. My sister works for an adoption agency actually. I don't think that these shows portray adoption like it really is. Depending on the country, it can take anywhere from 8 months to 2-3 years! The show never shows any of that! They also don't show the aftermath when the child has attachment disorders and problems with bonding, do they? Not that this happens with every adopted child, but it does happen with some! Actually they might, I haven't seen that many episodes, but any time I've seen it I haven't seen this. TV does do a good job of hiding reality!
  5. by   julieK
    The thing that killed me about "Bringing Home Baby" was how in order all the moms' homes seem to be, even after bringing home their first baby. My house was an absolute disaster for at least 2 months after I had my son, and these mothers are cooking actual meals with actual courses and silverware on a table that is actually a clear surface!!!!!

    -Julie in NYC
  6. by   klone
    Quote from Gompers
    There was one episode of "A Baby Story" where they not only had EVERY family member present (we're talking brothers-in-law, grandfathers, etc.) but they also had a school-age boy that lived next door because they wanted him to see what childbirth was like!!!

    My personal mantra will always be, "If you weren't at the conception, you shouldn't be at the delivery."

    I've found that it's very cultural. A high percentage of patients we see are Mexican immigrants, and childbirth seems to be very much a social occasion. I actually like it, because the mothers, grandmothers, sisters, sisters-in-law, et al, usually provide so much good emotional support to the mom, and I don't feel as bad if I can't spend as much time with her as I'd like. In my experience, the women are very hands on and really help out the mother, emotionally.
  7. by   AmericanChai
    Okay I have to admit, for the birth of my second child I did have a lot of people in the room. I had my two girlfriends, my husband, and a doula. It was a very large room and it was really nice having them to keep me company, take photos, and such. I cherish those photos. The two girlfriends are like the sisters I never had, and I was doula for the births of two babies for one, and one baby for the other. I guess when you are in that pushing stage you lose modesty anyway and don't care who sees you! lol!

    I valued the emtional support they gave me. I really did. I had made arrangements that if I needed a section, the doula would wait right outside the OR so that when my husband followed baby to the nursery, the doula come come in and hold my hand until I was stiched up. Glad I just had two routine births, no sections.

    A little bit off topic with the show discussion. I don't have cable so they didn't influence me one way or the other. I am not sure I would want the births of my kids on national TV with the whole film crew in there.

    Having a doula or a sister or girlfriend really does help the laboring mother feel more calm and emotionally supported, esp. for a natural drug-free birth. My husband is a wonderful man but he does not do well with blood and was kinda freaked out for the first birth. Then after I had the epidural he fell asleep on the recliner!!! For the second birth it was like a little tea party and we talked and laughed and shared stories until it was time to push. Beats watching re-runs on TV while hubby naps!
    Last edit by AmericanChai on Oct 31, '06
  8. by   Gompers
    Quote from AmericanChai
    Okay I have to admit, for the birth of my second child I did have a lot of people in the room. I had my two girlfriends, my husband, and a doula. It was a very large room and it was really nice having them to keep me company, take photos, and such. I cherish those photos. The two girlfriends are like the sisters I never had, and I was doula for the births of two babies for one, and one baby for the other. I guess when you are in that pushing stage you lose modesty anyway and don't care who sees you! lol!
    Please don't feel like you have to defend your decision. I'm just telling you guys MY own personal views on childbirth, and it's something that I don't want to share with anyone but my husband. That's ME.

    There is also a difference between having a doula and some close friends or family members there for support, and having the whole neighborhood there to just gape. Support peolple are very helpful and comforting to the mother. There is nothing wrong with that. Same like the above mentioned cultural scenario - yes, in some cultures many of the mother's female family members are there for guidance and that's a wonderful tradition.

    What I was referring to was the freak show stuff. There is no reason for your brother-in-law to be in the room, or the boy next door for that matter! If people are there just to "be there" and they're not doing anything to support mom, then they're just in the way. There is a major difference between being there for support and being there to just watch and stare with twenty other people.

    Again, this is my own PERSONAL view on the topic.
  9. by   CoffeeRTC
    Quote from obrnheather
    On admission.

    Me: Have you taken any prenatal classes during your pregnancy?

    Pt: No, but I've been watching "Baby Story" and reading alot of stuff on the internet.

    Me: Groan and

    I actually said this the last time I had my baby. I was totally joking. After a minute..the nurse caught on and let me tell you...in all my discomfort we were ROTFLOL. :spin:
  10. by   rbytsdy
    I can't watch A Baby Story anymore. I swear, my ob group is on every other show. I started calling the OB that delivered my dd, "Dr. A Baby Story" because he is on so often. It just reminds me of the horrible over management of my birth.

    House of Babies in kind of cool even though the head midwife scares me a bit sometimes. LOL!!
  11. by   BeccaznRN
    Quote from BSNtobe2009
    I heard a comedian once say...

    "The filming of childbirth...who really wants to see that again? I mean, under what occasion would you pop in the tape and show this? After Thanksgiving Dinner? Having a few co-workers over for dessert?

    Filming the Conception, however, has much more entertainment value"

    I thought that was hysterical.
    Oh, that is too funny!
  12. by   eden
    I still watch them and love it but before it was because I was so fascinated by birth (still am). Now I watch and giggle because it is so unrealistic. Still it does getr a little irritating when people say it is taking way longer on baby story and I tell them never to go by that show
  13. by   imenid37
    Quote from obrnheather
    On admission.

    Me: Have you taken any prenatal classes during your pregnancy?

    Pt: No, but I've been watching "Baby Story" and reading alot of stuff on the internet.

    Me: Groan and
    I 'd love to say to some of them. Oh great that's kind of what I did for nursing school. I just watched ER and surfed on allnurses.com!:wink2:

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