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Vol. 15 - Num. 60

Special Articles

Pregnancy and childbirth in the movies (I): emotions and reflections

Javier González de Diosa, Carmen Martínez Gonzálezb, Patricio José Ruiz Lázaroc

aServicio de Pediatría. Hospital General Universitario de Alicante. Departamento de Pediatría. Universidad Miguel Hernández. ISABIAL-Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria y Biomédica de Alicante. Alicante. España.
bPediatra. CS Villablanca. Madrid. España.
cPediatra. Consulta Joven “Espacio 12-20”. CS Manuel Merino. Alcalá de Henares. Madrid. España.

Correspondence: J González. E-mail:

Reference of this article: González de Dios J, Martínez González C, Ruiz Lázaro PJ. Pregnancy and childbirth in the movies (I): emotions and reflections. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2013;15:375.e177-e188.

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In most places on the planet Earth pregnancy is not a choice but an obligation. Every day in the world, more than 350,000 children are born. It is not difficult to imagine that the vast majority of births occur in the Third and Second World. And these pregnancies and births do not occur with the health and social conditions of developed countries.

Pregnancy as leitmotiv in films has ranged from the tone of tragedy to the tone of comedy. Most of these films will become a cinematographic "fast food" that works perfectly as a low-level entertainment. But the issue of pregnancy and childbirth has also been treated seriously in films with an educative role.

Today we highlight four films in this regard, the fourth is a documentary film: 1) A film that brings us to the problem of pregnancy in the world: No woman, no cry (Christy Turlington, 2010), 2) A movie about the problem of labor in the world, Nacer-Diario de Maternidad (Jorge Caballero, 2012), 3) A film that brings us to the problem of gentle birth, especially in the first world: Néixer (Ana Victoria Perez, 2012) 4) A film that brings us to the problem of maternity as a challenge, as transforming experience of women and family: Un heureux événement (Rémi Bezançon, 2011).


Childbirth Maternity Motion pictures as a topic Physician-patient relationship Pregnancy Social context



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