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.
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:
- TV Tropes - Birth Tropes, accessed July 2020
- Best and worst childbirth scenes in science fiction and fantasy by Charlie Jane Anders and Kelly Faircloth, io9, September 2010
- Movieclips - Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (6/9) Movie CLIP - Childbirth (2011) HD (YouTube link, November 2012)
- Movieclips - Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (7/9) Movie CLIP - You're Not Dead (2011) HD (YouTube link, November 2012)
- StatPearls - Placental Abruption (Abruptio Placentae) by Pamela Schmidt; Christy L. Skelly; Deborah A. Raines. Last Update: July 5, 2020.
- Wikipedia - Placenta, accessed July 2020
- StatPearls - Stages of Labor by Julia Hutchison; Heba Mahdy; Justin Hutchison. Last Update: March 27, 2020.
- ACOG Practice Bulletin, October 2017 - Postpartum Hemorrhage
- Evensen A, Anderson JM, Fontaine P. Postpartum Hemorrhage: Prevention and Treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2017;95(7):442-449.
- NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine - Cesarean Section - A Brief History, Last updated: 26 July 2013
- 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