Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing (Download/Stream) 2009 NR

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Having a baby? "Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing" is hilarious, engaging, & enlightening. 100 video clips of wildly entertaining birth scenes from movies & TV (in hospitals, bathtubs, cars, spaceships, and trees) juxtaposed with lots of REAL women giving birth. This award-winning documentary separates myths from facts, and it's lots of fun. www.birth-media.com

Runtime:
50 minutes

Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing (Download/Stream)

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Product Details

Genres Documentary, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Vicki Elson
Studio CreateSpace
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on February 7, 2010
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This film is 50 minutes of information and entertainment entwined. It features many moments great for comedy if not for reassuring a pregnant woman and alternates them with scenes of peaceful and even ecstatic birthing. A must for a childbirth educator and insightful and eye-opening for all!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Jolliffe on December 23, 2009
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Interesting video essay about how various film images and TV shows have warped our perception of birth. In many cases, the images that we see in mass media are so ingrained in our culture, they have become our new reality. Vicki Elson also shows the natural childbirth videos and the other extreme that they present. In all, an excellent, must-view movie. I will be watching this one again and plan to include it in our Ottawa Baby Film Festival in 2010!Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing DVD
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Artblitz on September 26, 2010
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I am a professor at Duke, a nurse-midwife and I am responsible this semester for teaching the undergraduate maternity nursing course. I used this video in my opening on day 1 to inform students about how today's childbearing woman and their families are influenced by the popular media. A discussion then followed about where the student's ideas about birth come from.... It is well done....and well worth the $$...it was a quick mail from the author to make it to my class in time. It will be a standard part on the opening day of the course. It is a great way to ease the students into the new content...and it showed birth....which was great for the first day. They can never seem to get enough opportunity to see birth. I liked that this video facilitated me beginning on the first class meeting. It replaces another one that I will move to week 5.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachk426 on February 23, 2013
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The quality could have been better but the content was brilliant. It really opened my eyes to the cultural messages that are portrayed about pregnancy and labor. I read an article about how labor pains are cultural - since the U.S. is based in Abrahamic Religions, women must suffer through their labor but other cultures do not grasp this concept. This is the first time I can actually wrap my head around that truth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Blanchard on January 14, 2012
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This film provides a great exploration into how birth culture is influenced by media. Vicki does a great job exploring the various messages we internalize from birth-media, and creates a great starting point for the discussion of where our expectations for birth come from. This video is ideal for expectant parents and their support team; birth professionals wishing to open a dialog with their clients; and schools/educators which explore the birth experience as part of the curriculum.

Not a film for teaching about the physiological process of labor, but rather how we create and foster healthy language and discussions regarding the normalicy of birth. Great for watching with a group of people and sure to be a valuable addition to your personal or local library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jpayne411 on November 19, 2013
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it wasn't what i thought that it would be... interesting, but the trailer/description seems off. it's a montage of how media portrays birth and then gives snippets of "natural" birth stories.

so basically just a comparison, not necessarily full stories
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ninian Stein on June 30, 2013
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A highly recommended documentary that comically navigates popular media images of birth to help expecting families understand upcoming possibilities. So good that I am recommending it to several friends!
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