If everything you know about labor and delivery are things you’ve learned from watching movies, you’re in for a big surprise. While TV shows and films often depict one type of birth experience, they often fail to show some of the realities of that experience. I’m not even talking about more complicated scenarios, like if someone goes into preterm labor or has pre-eclampsia or experiences a stillbirth, either. Still, there are just so many things everything thinks happen during birth, but don’t, so I’m here to set the record straight for y’all.
I should preface the following by stating that none of my birth experiences have been typical. In other words, nearly every assumption people make about birth did not happen when I was in the throes of labor and delivery. My first labor experience was totally unexpected because I went into very early preterm labor. They also tried to stop my labor, which is not at all typical. My son was also a home birth-turned-hospital transfer situation, so that was also quite chaotic. Both my babies were sent straight to the NICU rather than staying with me, which was not easy on anyone.
However, speaking more in terms of an easier labor experience, there are still many false assumptions made as the result of dramatized television shows and a not-so-accurate cultural narrative. Let’s clear them up now, shall we?