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August 14, 2020

Episode 14: All the Birthings


We have finally arrived at the culmination of our very own Twilight saga! In this episode, we discuss the infamous Bella Swan birth scene, placenta separation anxiety, and why postpartum hemorrhage kills. ...especially if you don't do anything to stop it. It turns out venoms, uteruses, and rocks really don't mix, no matter how many syringes full of morphine you have on hand.


  • Interested in playing Pregnancy/Birth Trope Bingo? Here's a bingo card for you to download and use!


Edited to add: Regarding the Pregnancy and Birth episodes, we wanted to apologize for the gendered language we used throughout our discussions. We know that nonbinary, genderqueer, and transgender people can also get pregnant and give birth. The way we talk about it is a relic of our training, and we're trying to do better. We're sorry if we hurt anyone through our carelessness.


Resources, Citations, and Mentions:


  • Deepa: 2 out of 10 syringes full of venom because the equipment is set up properly
  • Jen: 0.5 out of 10 extremely aggressive scalpel incisions for the OB suite


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