07 Mar '12, 3pm

Midwifery on screen: how 'One Born Every Minute' gets it wrong - Comment - The Ecologist

Midwifery on screen: how 'One Born Every Minute' gets it wrong - Comment - The Ecologist

I try where possible not to watch most TV depictions of birth, as it's bad for my blood pressure - moaning ‘not again' where a pregnant character in a soap who five minutes ago was absolutely fine, clutches her abdomen, shrieks in sudden agony, a minute later yells ‘my waters have gone' and five minutes later is clutching a baby (who incidentally looks about two months old), or burying my head in the sofa cushions as a woman comes into the Accident and Emergency department in ‘Casualty ' and all hell lets loose as either the mother, the baby or both suddenly develop a life-threatening emergency. It may be bad for my blood pressure but its more pernicious effect is the impact it has on women (and of course even more their partners) who then think they should rush to hospital as soon as the first contraction is felt or become convinced that birth is a major medical emergency...

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