Before experiencing childbirth, have you ever just watched a childbirth scene on TV and then begin fearing the process of giving birth? Well, you\u2019re not the only one! Many young or teenage girls have watched dramatic childbirth scenes from dramas and swore they never want to give birth. Once you\u2019ve gone through the process yourself, you\u2019d know what it\u2019s like. So the question of the day is, \u201cIs the portrayal of childbirth on media realistic?\u201d\r\nOverdramatic childbirth scenes on TV\r\nI\u2019m sure we all know by now how a childbirth scene goes when watching a TV series or movie. What we usually see are typical childbirth scenes including drama, near-miss disasters, caesarean sections and flashing blue lights.\r\n\r\nAll of this only adds to the notion that childbirth is risky, painful and dramatic. The way that childbirth is being portrayed in media, though only aims to entertain, may lead first-time mothers to anxiety and fear of the birth process.\r\n\r\n\r\nFear in childbirth\r\nAs a result of the overdramatic childbirth scenes from TV series or movies, inexperienced girls and women tend to fear childbirth. According to a study conducted in Canada, people whose perceptions have been influenced by media has a greater amount of fear in childbirth.\r\n\r\nIt is something very relatable as I remember myself as a child, watching a childbirth scene on TV for the first time, I was terrified with what I witnessed. Right after the scene ended, I turned to my mother and said, \u201cMum, I don\u2019t want to get pregnant when I\u2019m older.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe response that I\u2019ll get from her is always, \u201cDon\u2019t be fooled by the TV, silly! Giving birth in real life is hardly as dramatic as that, trust me.\u201d Despite hearing that, I\u2019ll still be scared of it nevertheless. This shows just how powerful the influence of media can be.\r\n\r\n\r\nChildbirth in real life\r\nUnlike what we usually see in dramas or movies, pregnancy and labour are long drawn out. Most of the childbirth is slow and uneventful involving a lot of waiting for labour to progress. This makes childbirth boring for visual media like TV.\r\n\r\nEven my mother used to tell me, \u201cIt isn\u2019t as scary as you imagine it to be. You may be afraid now, but once you\u2019re in the situation, the only thing you would want is to be over with the process as quick as possible. Besides, you\u2019ll be too numb and overwhelmed to feel any pain by then. All your attention and energy will go to focusing on pushing your baby out, or if you\u2019re giving birth by C-section, you won\u2019t even feel any pain at all.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith that being said, you really shouldn\u2019t fear and believe what you see on TV too much. Being a little afraid for labour is normal but too much anxiety is not good for you and your baby. Even if you\u2019re scared, you\u2019ll have to face it anyway when the baby comes, so be strong!\r\n\r\nFor more similar articles, please visit Motherhood.com.my.