Film and TV

Labor Day: The 7 Best Birthing Scenes in Film (NSFW)

It's one of Hollywood's favorite and most pervasive tropes: the labor scene. Think of the films that have come out in the last few years or are about to come out. Knocked Up*, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Juno, Twilight: Breaking Dawn. You might think this says something about the universality of the human condition. After all, every single last one of us was born. But I don't see it that way. Because almost without fail, every labor scene ever committed to film falls into one of two categories: it's either a schlock comedy or a horror film.

Regardless of the genre, labor scenes alway involve screams of pain and fear, and if it's a comedy you can bet there will be some cray-zay hormonal hijinks thrown in. Ha ha! Because all women are crazy bitches, right, just trying to shackle their men-folk into the rigors of adulthood by helping them to perpetuate their biological imperative. Why do all labor scenes in film have to be so stereotypical? And do none of them even remotely represent what giving birth is like in real life?

Below, in honor of Labor Day, we compiled some of the best labor scenes in Hollywood. And by best, we mean worst.

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