The sad media stories about childbirth

two headed boyThere are many types of childbirth stories in the media. We all have seen stories about celebrities’ pregnancies, stories about the first baby born on Christmas day, stories about breast-feeding mother being told to leave a restaurant or public transport. There are also more factual statistical stories about birth rates and improving maternal mortality ratios. Today I came across a story of a deformed baby being born in Nepal. The English-language daily paper The Himalayan Times in Nepal carried a story of a woman who gave birth to a baby with two heads at the Hanumannagar Health Post of Saptari district two days ago. Unfortunately, the paper gave the woman’s name and age so little respect for the mother’s privacy.

Saptari woman gives birth to two-headed baby boy

Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
CMMPH, Bournemouth University

Fear in childbirth and the Media

My first post of this dedicated ‘Media & Midwifery’ WordPress site. It was established to address issues around the role and influence of the media on societal attitudes and views on pregnancy, childbirth and other issues around new mothers.  This site is hosted by students and staff based at Bournemouth University (UK).   The hosts include members of the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health and the Journalism & Communication Academic Group at Bournemouth University.

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