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

(16) IMDb 6.4/10

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

Available to watch on supported devices.

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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 Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

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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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4 of 5 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Caccamo on January 7, 2012
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i was going to buy this but saw there was an option to watch on the computer for a cheaper price.when i was pregnant with my son, my hubby and i took bradley birthing classes. those were the ABSOLUTE BEST decision that we have ever made. phenomenal. i delved into documentaries such as the business of being born and also pregnant in america (both on netflix)and read books with the best one being "pushed" by jennifer block and "ina mays guide to childbirth" by ina mays and "real food for mother and baby" by nina planck. all very phenomenal. ive seen "birth as we know it" documentary too and thought it was pretty good. so when i saw this one avail i was excited....unfortunately i wasnt impressed. it seemed like the person who made this has lots of knowledge but filled this with 80% clips of tv shows etc instead of educating about natural childbirth. it was almost like she needed fillers to make it long enough. if youre not familiar with just how "out of touch" media portrays childbirth and if youre not familiar with the fact that induction and epidurals are not natural nor are they beneficial ESPECIALLY TO BABY...then i strongly suggest watching this as a starter to your journey in learning. but if youre like me and already know the fact that epidurals may take the pain from mama but in turn it causes baby to feel EVERYTHING and all the pain, and the fact that inductions raise your chances of csections by 50% bc of the complications and the actual benefits of vaginal birth (reduction in asthma,squeezes fluid from lungs,lines esophogus with the FIRST bacteria needed for their gut)as opposed to csection...then id suggest something different to watch.
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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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By William J Anderson on April 16, 2015
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Decent work, as far as dispelling the media-driven perception of childbirth. In showing the reality however, there is a clear bias toward "natural" birthing, which was a bit off-putting. If that style of childbirth works for you, then Godspeed and good luck. Just don't preach it to those of us who prefer the safety of peer-reviewed techniques for keeping our babies safe and healthy.
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This is a very diverse movie and it deals with the reality of how we are impacted in our lives. Thank you!
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By Dana A on May 28, 2013
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I enjoyed watching this. It really helps put things in perspective, especially if all you know about birth is through the media!
I also recommend watching the Business of Being Born (which I really enjoyed watching!)
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