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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Birth TV

Between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., and then again while I'm cooking supper, I usually watch either the news or Discovery Health. It depends on how annoying the news happens to be. Both are good choices, because I don't have to watch either show completely through. I can check my e-mail, blog, have breakfast, feed and change Ander, take a bath, and do whatever else I need to do, while half watching the tv. As an added bonus, Ander is not very interactive until about 8 a.m. and just kind of veges out in front of his cartoons and breakfast.

I've heard complaints from people I know who want an unmedicated birth (which, compared to the number of people in American society at large, who mostly choose medicated births, is an inexplicliably large number of women) that tv doesn't show enough unmedicated births. I have to disagree. I'll be eating my waffle, and suddenly there's a woman in a birthing tub, screaming her head off. I breathing in little puffs. Or doing whatever she does to cope. I don't mind any show about birth (especially being pregnant, because who knows what I will learn and if the baby will come without an epi working for some unGodly reason). But there are at least two (of about 5 or 6 available) shows about unmedicated birth, plus some women in the regular birth shows choose unmedicated birth. Since most women choose an epi, I'm actually surprised about the large number of unmedicated births shown on tv. So I'm not sure were the complaints about tv not showing unmedicated births come from.

What I would like to see is a birth show where they show baby in mom's room after birth. The most popular birth show is about troubled births, so baby always goes to NICU. The next most popular is about birthing center births, so everyone just goes home. There are so few births that reflect the way most deliveries go in America. And since I wish for one of those usual American deliveries, and didn't get that last time, I'd love to see it.

I slept last night, so I'm in a slightly better mood.

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