There's one born every minute.

Sarah - posted on 03/03/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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There's a programme on in the UK at the moment called ''There's one born every minute''.
It's basically a programme where women are filmed giving birth (not all the gory bits lol!) there's ''hidden'' cameras in the room, though they obviously know they're there!

Would have participated if you'd been able to?

I've only seen one episode, but thought it was quite interesting, I wouldn't have taken part, but just because i'd be too embarrassed, not because i don't think it's kind of a cool idea!

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I would have agreed to participate. My labour and birth was just as messy as others and I'm sure I had some very unattractive moments (actually I know I did as it was all very well documented in photos and video) but, I believe that programs like this can really contribute to education. Every birth is different and everyones experience is different so the more examples there are of different experiences, the better we can contribute towards understanding. I gave my midwife copies of my birth photos and my permission for her to use them in education sessions and conferences. But it is not just educating professionals that this helps, by being open about birth we can help to demystify the experience and help future mothers gain an insight into what other women's experiences are like. My birth went nothing much like the birth videos I had watched in pregnancy but I still really appreciated the fact that I was able to view those women's births and see what techniques others used, what interventions actually looked like in practice etc rather than just being told about those things. I felt pleased that I was able to contribute my own experience to the knowledge database (so to speak).

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Rosie - posted on 03/07/2010

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i'm not too modest when it comes to the medical community or my family, but the idea of someone that isn't in the medical profession watching my coochie spit out a 9 lb child is unnerving to me. i wanted pictures of lucas right after he was born and boy oh boy did my husband take some pictures. i got them developed at walmart (i know, a roll of film, i was in the darkages!!) and when i got them back i realized he had actually taken a picture of my crotch with an umbilical cord hanging out of it attached to my child. i was mortified that a poor walmart worker had to actually look at that. i mean seriously, i hadn't seen my crotch in 6 months and a complete stranger just got to.

Sunny - posted on 03/07/2010

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Oh i had a trainee midwife with me and my doctors and partners which was more than enough!

Sunny - posted on 03/07/2010

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Um.. no way! Im sorry but i didnt even want my mum in there with me let alone a viewing audience! Its good from an educational stance but really not for me.

Cathelijn - posted on 03/07/2010

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I wouldn't have minded I think it is kind of cool! I watched the programme and I loved it. I did keep screaming at the telly saying please just shut up and get on with it!!

Like Loureen at the end of my labour I didn't give a toss anymore just wanted her OUT!! Millions of people could have been in the room and I still wouldnt have cared!!

Ez - posted on 03/05/2010

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I would have agreed to it. I am fascinated by birth, and had watched lots of birth videos while I was pregnant. Sure I wasn't at my most graceful (understatement of the century when pushing a 9lb 6oz, 22.5 in, baby with a 15 INCH HEAD out of my vagina), but I would have no problem with my birth being used for education and awareness. If it helped more women take control of their own births then it would be worth it for me.

La - posted on 03/05/2010

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I would have done it just because I had an emergency c-section and they had me so sedated that I was too out of it to remember everything. At least if it was filmed I would have gotten to see everything.

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LOL@Sarah...I would have married the guy who gave me my epidural/morphine/and whatever else they put in there. I don't know if it was the drugs or what but he was a hottie...

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I wouldn't have let anyone film it..not a chance in hell.

I did have a medical student in the room for my c-section. I really didn't have a choice since I was at a teaching hospital. The student closed and she did an amazing job.

Sarah - posted on 03/04/2010

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I offered to marry the man that gave me my epidural!
His name was Simon, and i would still marry him........anyone that stopped that pain is marriage worthy!! :)

Krista - posted on 03/04/2010

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I can just picture Jocelyn flirting with the cute male student.

"Don't mind my stretched-out perineum, by the way. Soooo....do you work out?"

Jocelyn - posted on 03/04/2010

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Nope no video cameras for me! Regular cameras yes, as long as they are only pointed at my upper body lmao. I didn't mind a couple people watching, but I draw my line at one million. With my first labor I had a male student in the room as well as all the nurses and such. He was doing his practicum, and he did really good. Cute as all hell too ^_^

Jess - posted on 03/03/2010

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At the time I would have said no... but now looking back I really wish we had video'd the event or even taken photo's before she was born. I was so out of it and it would have been nice to look back and see what it was like for everyone else in the room, and actually see her coming out rather than just feel it ! Thats something I will be doing differently with baby number 2..... video camera's welcome and lots of pictures !!!

Charlie - posted on 03/03/2010

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Probably , i remeber thinking while pushing Cooper out .
"well there goes all dignity , i really couldnt care less who was watching at this point i just wanna get him out "

Its hard to keep dignity when your the size of a blue whale , have been in intense labour for two days , you look like the crappiest piece of crap OH and not to mention the actual crap from pushing , dignity ? pshhh .

Krista - posted on 03/03/2010

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I'm actually kind of sad that I didn't get the birth filmed. Not that I didn't look like a sperm whale trying to shit out a schoolbus, but just because I was so incredibly tired and delirious after hours and hours (and hours) of labour, that when Sam was born and held up for me to see, I only remember it very, very hazily It would have been nice if it had been taped so that I could look back at it now and re-live that amazing moment when I first saw my baby boy.

Dana - posted on 03/03/2010

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I had a C-section. I would have let someone film that! lol I also had students in the room, it was a student who closed.

Maggie - posted on 03/03/2010

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I wouldn't be on tv but I had my parents, my husband, my sister and two of my cousins in the delivery room as well as a video camera. It took me months to view the video but I'm so glad I have it. Mind you, I won't let anyone else watch it!

Sarah - posted on 03/03/2010

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I would have been one of those women Gillian! Hahaha!
I guess you have to be a certain kind of person (ie, confident) to appear in these birth shows.
One of the couples in this weeks show had been trying for a baby for 5 yrs, they were taking photos of EVERY little detail, i guess they just wanted a permanent record of the birth maybe.

I had a trainee midwife with me when i was in labour with my eldest, she was in a worse state than me by the time they transferred me to another hospital! LOL! :)

Lady - posted on 03/03/2010

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Nope no way, I'm the same as Cathy and wouldn't allow medical students in to the delivery room. I always only had midwives to deliver my babies and would have allowed trainee midwives as long as they were female. It's your most unflattering and personal moment with everything coming out of you why on earth would you want anybody to see but your husband? I haven't watched any of the series so far these things always annoy me because there's always some woman screaming her head off and I end up shouting at her 'shut up - you're just wasting all your energy - will you just breath!!!'

Sara - posted on 03/03/2010

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Yeah, I've seen the pictures taken right after birth...and uh, no way. I looked like hell. Reheated in a microwave hell.

Sara - posted on 03/03/2010

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Hell no I wouldn't have participated!! I"m sure my face was very attractive when I was pushing.

Sarah - posted on 03/03/2010

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LOL Cathy!
After i'd had Cadence, Pete's parents came in (this was a good few hours later) and started taking photos of me! I swear, if i hadn't been in so much pain and unable to move i would have smashed the camera over their heads!!

Sharon - posted on 03/03/2010

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Not unless they supplied a beautician, luxiourious room, a caterer for the day after, and new peignoir to be filmed in.

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