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March 8th, 2010, 04:42 PM
Del4's Avatar Super Mommy
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Hi ladies! I know I haven't been around JM in forever, but I was sitting here watching "Birth Story" on TLC and what was supposed to be a natural birth with midwives, but halfway through her induction (10 hours in, started at a 2, still at a 2), she caved and wanted meds. Her nurse, instead of trying to remind her WHY she wanted a natural birth to begin with and turning off the pit and sending her home to "try" again at a later date told her with a straight face that an epidural or narcotics do not harm the baby. Um .. excuse me!?

SO, I tell you that to ask - if given the opportunity to be filmed during your at home birth, would you? Would you do it if it were just a family member or friend doing the filming to submit it to a national show later? Would you do it if there were just a set of cameras set up around your house and no one had a camera in your face? Under what circumstances would you be willing to be filmed during birth to air nationally? I ask this because I am so very TIRED of these shows on TLC and Discovery showing these traumatic and terrifying "birth stories" to the masses. I want REAL, NATURAL births to be seen too! So ... would you be willing? And if so, what would be the best way in your opinion?

Thanks in advance for any responses, ladies!! I really appreciate it.

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March 8th, 2010, 05:08 PM
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I would TOTALLY be on A Baby Story if they filmed in my area. Absolutely!
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March 8th, 2010, 06:06 PM
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I would be okay with being filmed. I tend to be pretty private about certain things, but in an instance like that I would feel that showing what a real NCB is for other women is enough to get over my own uncomfortableness with being filmed.

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March 8th, 2010, 08:12 PM
oriel13's Avatar Tishauna
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I'd do it. I think I'd be more comfortable with someone actually filming me at set times before labor, then for the actual labor and delivery, versus having cameras stationed throughout the house. That would make me feel like I had to behave myself lest the cameras see me picking a wedgie or something.

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March 8th, 2010, 08:27 PM
MrsPil's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I wouldn't. I can't function in labor with people watching me, it makes me feel psycho.
"I trust birth—not birth attendants—for if you only trust birth that is attended then you really don't trust birth at all. You trust the attendant. And then you start over. Who? Doctor, surgeon, CNM, CPM, SIM? And it goes on and on...." - Carla Hartley
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March 8th, 2010, 09:49 PM
laisydaisymama's Avatar Natural Birth Junkie
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I would do it, I agree that it's important for successful, safe natural labors and deliveries to be shown.

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March 9th, 2010, 01:34 AM
CameraLinds's Avatar Zane & Jude's mama
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Ironically when I was prego when Zane our MW's were in contact with some producer/filmer for I think TLC in regards to a home birth show and asked if we wanted them to film the birth or if they could.....then I wasn't comfortable with the idea so I said no, it was my first baby/pregnancy/labor- I had NO idea what to expect or how I'd react especially with strangers and cameras there. So I said maybe for the next kid since I know what labor/birth is like and I'd be more prepared.

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March 9th, 2010, 08:43 AM
Isaeph's Avatar Jennifer the Momma
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I totally would, though I think I'd rather have just one camera filming without someone there for the labor/delivery I think. I don't know. I guess it would depend on the person behind the camera. I'd be ok with a friend filming too and sending it in later. Dh however, would not. He's said absolutely not. And it's nothing to do about our birthing method (though there is always that fear that someone will think we're completely crazy and will try to get cps on us), but that he doesn't want his face/name flashed all over tv. He has a hard enough time with my having pictures out there.
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