Dear Film Makers: we need to talk. We love escapism as much as anyone. We’re not going to theaters or streaming the latest releases for accuracy. But friends: we can do a little bit better when it comes to depicting birth on the big screen, don’t you think? Maybe it’s because most of you are men and have therefore probably not given birth, but you’re just not doing a very good job depicting an experience all of us will have in some capacity. So let’s talk about the worst movie birth scenes, because moms are tired of screaming at our screens.
There’s no dearth of options to choose from, which frankly feels weird: about 400,000 babies are born every day according to stats from the U.N. So even if every single person giving birth that day had twins, there are still 200,000 folks you could ask to get just a wee bit more accurate in how you’re depicting the miracle of life.
For the purposes of this article, we’re going to be talking about “worst” scenes as those that are either ridiculous in their inaccuracy or just downright hard to watch. (But trust us: there’s a lot of overlap.)
Enjoy the absurdity/awfulness!