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VIDEO cameras are being banned in birthing suites by Victorian hospitals worried about legal repercussions, staff privacy and unnecessary distractions.
Obstetrics accounted for more compensation payouts than any other field of medicine.
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This just flabbergasts and pisses me off.. I find it hard to believe that a rule like this has any reason apart from preventing video evidence from being created for those compensation payouts.

Claims general manager Lisa Clarke said medico-legal concerns over footage being used as evidence if something went wrong during labour or delivery played only a small part in it giving this advice.

Most events were well documented through medical records, she said.

“If management of the birth is sub-optimal, this is likely to be apparent without the need for a video recording to confirm events,” she said.

Yeah, the records may indicate if something has gone awry – but medical records are technical documents, not emotional ones. A video is an emotional document which has greater potential to inspire sympathy in a jury which is deliberating about if and what compensation should be given.

Bigger concerns included the potential for filming to interfere with the birth, or distract staff, which may have an adverse effect on the care provided, she said.

I completely reject the claim that filming the birth may distract staff and have an adverse effect on the birth outcome. Any professional working in that environment should be able to tune out distractions and focus on what they are doing. If they are unable to concentrate fully on their patient despite what else is going on around them, then they shouldn’t be there in the first place.

And this comment really annoyed me:

Get Real Posted at 12:52 AM Today
Umm it is NOT a woman’s right to have the birth filmed, it’s a PRIVILEGE!! If a hospital has a ban on it then so be it!

This is so wrong. YES, it is a woman’s right to do WHATEVER SHE LIKES while she is giving birth. Making your own choices is most definitely a RIGHT, not a privilege. And unless hospitals can provide a legitimate reason why filming a birth is dangerous, they really don’t have any place to be telling women they can’t do it. The woman is the consumer, paying for a service from the hospital. They are there to serve, assist and advise her – not to dictate and instruct.

But further to that: even if a medical or birth professional does give advice to a woman about what they think is the best thing to do in a particular situation (or any health professional to any patient), the woman/patient is not obligated to follow that advice. It is our basic human right to make our own choices, whether that is having someone film us giving birth or making the choice to not have/discontinue treatment for something like cancer. It is our right to make those choices even if the professionals advising against them don’t like the probable outcome.

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Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard will begin shooting a sequel to their 2006 smash hit The Da Vinci Code in February. Angels & Demons – again based on a novel by Dan Brown – will see Hanks reprise his character of Harvard University symbolist Robert Langdon.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this done, but it really annoys me. Angels & Demons is not a sequel – it came first! It was published in 2000, and The Da Vinci Code was published in 2003 and is set after the events of Angels & Demons. Get it right, people!

I watched Knocked Up the other day. That movie has a lot of swearing. Seriously, for me to notice that there is a lot of swearing, you know there has to be a lot. But I didn’t think it was over the top or gratuitous, the people were saying them in context for their situations. I’m just used to people on TV not doing that.

There were a few minor things that annoyed me in the portrayal of pregnancy and childbirth. One was when she went for her first appointment. She announces she POAS and it was positive, so the doctor whips out the u/s wand, covers it with KY and sticks it up her. Within seconds he is pointing out the baby and the beating heart. And goes on to say she’s about 8 or 9 weeks along. Sorry, it takes a bit of effort to find the sac and embryo when it’s that tiny, then to line it up at the right angle and stuff. It doesn’t just magically appear on the screen.

The guy also annoyed me at one point when the couple were having sex and he started freaking out and saying he was going to poke the baby in the head, then he had his hand on the girl’s belly and the baby moved and he about ran away. And she’s just telling him to STFU, it’s fine, keep going, etc. I wanted to slap the bastard myself. You just DON’T do that to an obviously horny pregnant woman.

Then at the actual birth scene, I was super surprised when they had a couple of quick views of the baby crowning. Showing the actual nether regions with a sliver of baby head visible, and then again when it was a bit further out. When the baby actually did come out, it bucked Hollywood tradition and didn’t emerge pristinely bathed, umbilical cord already cut and already wrapped in a blanket. That was good, but they still lose points for her being stuck in the bed reclined and the doctor being an ass. And also there was a scene where during the labour the baby’s heartrate started to have serious decelerations, the doctor reached up inside and said he was moving the baby so the cord wasn’t around it’s neck so that it’s heartrate would go back to normal. As far as I know the cord just being around the neck isn’t going to cause heart decels, there needs to be pressure on the cord, doesn’t there? And if the cord is prolapsed and being pressed on, simply moving the baby isn’t going to let you just carry on as normal.

That reminds me.. on the topic of misrepresenting all things reproductive.. In the mornings in the car when I’m taking children to school and kinder, I listen to the radio. I have it on B105. One of the presenters is pregnant, due sometime next month I think. They’ve been doing all sorts of things to use her pregnancy as a point of interest for the show. A couple of weeks ago they had a “test run” to see how long it would take them to get to the hospital if her water broke and she went into labour. Evidently they bought along some kind of pregnancy/labour guide book which one of the guys was flipping through, and announced that it was probably somewhat of a useless trip since most labours don’t actually start with the water breaking. No fucking kidding. So they discussed this for a minute and he said that what actually happens is that when you go to the hospital the doctor sticks something very long and pointy in to break the water. I was pleased when Camilla pointed out that you didn’t HAVE to have that, it was a CHOICE. But pleased only for a moment, because she continued with .. “but if you don’t it takes way longer.”

No, it doesn’t take way longer. It takes exactly as long as it is meant to take. Breaking the water artificially makes the labour become more intense and places greater pressure on your cervix to open up seeing as how the baby’s head has changed from a firm yet amniotic fluid cushioned pressure to a hard hitting battering ram saying LET ME THE FUCK OUT NOW.

Why must this misinformation continue?

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