“Homebirth” plays cameo on HBO’s Weeds
Fabulous–I don’t watch HBO’s Weeds, but a friend told me that one of the characters was planning a homebirth but went to the hospital “where it’s safer” instead. Judging solely on the basis of this summary and others like it, I think the show has an insane, controlling male partner trying to force a homebirth on a woman. Another man then comes to her rescue and delivers her to the hospital before her due date, begging to be induced: “‘The father is a murderer slash mayor slash extreme advocate of home birth,’ Andy explains to Nancy’s doctor, convincing her to induce.”
Listen up, HBO! We need good depictions of homebirth on TV–maybe an empowered woman and her partner and a midwife, together making informed, safe decisions. This plotline just reinforces the idea that homebirth is part of the lunatic fringe–excuse me, I’m off to write a letter to the writers of the show.