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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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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