A few months ago Nichole Beaudry listed her favorite pregnancy movies. She did a good job covering the best movies about pregnancy over the past couple decades so I decided to use her post as a jumping off point to nail down the best childbirth scenes in American cinema.
It was harder than I thought.
Here is what I find fairly shocking. Of the hundreds and hundreds of movies made, there are precious few realistic birthing scenes. Not only that, but it’s tough to find a scene depicting childbirth that isn’t the usual vaginal birth. I found one c-section and no water births or anything like that.
Am I missing something?
Even the movie scenes I have listed below aren’t exactly realistic. Is this because women aren’t making a majority of the movies? Does birth have to be ridiculously silly (9 Months) or uber gory (Dr. T and the Women) in movies? I mean, I’m not looking for a ten hour labor scene or anything, just a really cool birthing scene that doesn’t depict the men bumbling around like idiots while the women turn into screaming nutcases.
Is that so hard to direct?
Anyway, here are 5 childbirth scenes from movies that didn’t make me roll my eyes. After you watch them go read this awesome article Ceridwen Morris wrote on How Movies And Medicine Mess With Our Ideas About Birth. What she writes is important for any pregnant woman to keep in mind.
Am I missing any that you like? Leave a comment!
Doctor: [after the baby's birth] Stan, would you like to cut the cord?
Stan: Isn’t there someone a little more qualified?
She’s Having A Baby
Source: Homebirth: A Midwife’s Mutiny
I’m sorry, but that kid looks about four months old.
Juno MacGuff: Ow, ow, f**kity-ow! Bren, when do I get that spinal tap thing?
Bren: It’s called a spinal block. And you can’t have it yet, honey. The doctor said you’re not dilated enough.
Juno MacGuff: You mean I have to wait for it to get worse? Why can’t they just give it to me now?
Bren: Well, honey, doctors are sadists who like to play God and watch lesser people scream…
[Juno lets out painful scream, Brenda checks her watch]
Bren: Hey, can we get my kid the damn spinal tap already?
Children of Men 2006