Even when the pregnancy is not pivotal to the story there has to be a twist or trouble that means you never end up with a character just glowing or saying ‘I’m a bit tired and felt a touch queasy in the morning but the only issue has been that my boobs have got enormous’.
In the same way birth is never calm or unrushed – there’s blood, screaming, panic and inevitably the mother lying on a hospital bed. No birth pools, no active birth, no quiet.
Are we in danger of educating coming generations that pregnancy and birth are more scary and dangerous than they actually are? Are we in danger of removing choices from labouring women because they have only seen that you can give birth in pain and panic lying on your back?
Yes I know that there are some pregnancies that don’t go according to plan. Of course I know that, I had one of them. Yet the fact remains that the majority of pregnancies are unexciting and problem free.
I also know that there are some births that very much need medical help and lifesaving interventions but there are an awful lot that don’t. The majority don’t. Yes normal labour involves pain and groaning but that’s very different from the way most TV dramas would have you believe it unfolds.
Could we not just please have a touch more reality and little less drama?
The Friday Rant Club is a chance to get those niggles, those irritants, those things that make you want to throw a toddler-stylee tantrum off your chest before the weekend.
Go on, let it all out and if you feel like it there’s a rather nice little button over there on the right to show you that you like a bit of a rant
I’m looking for some guest ranters – if you’d like to get something off your chest send me an email or mention it to me on Twitter. Any subject, just has to be something that has really got your goat.