I have kind of a funny story about this exact subject. :)
For our 1st child, the room we were put in at the hospital didn't have a mirror available for my wife to watch. Being the ingenious husband I am, I rigged up our video camera next to the TV, wired it in, and positioned it so she could just watch it on the TV. It was well zoomed in and basically was only the action angle. It was stationary, wasn't being handled by a shaky ass 1st dad, or anything. No faces, no commentary up close, no love, no emotion, no stopping. This was an unyielding video display of an event. I frankly had forgotten I put it there,as I was busy doing all the important new dad things like being in the way and saying stupid things like "boy I'm getting sleepy".
Apparently I had hit record setting it up.
What we ended up with was EVERYTHING you don't see on National Geographic. It was well over a full hour of full on labor, episiotomy, and everything. You could see contractions, and how her whole "area" would bulge out during it. It was like watching Jim Carrey poop himself out of the rhino in Ace Ventura II. :)
Now the funny part. My father was extremely old school. He HAD to wait out in the waiting rooms for all 6 of his kids. At my brother's birth he was laying tile in the same hospital (he worked construction). So as far as he knew a seance took place and the baby was disgorged by a stork. We had all joked about how he had never seen a birth and never would, when my wife piped up and said "I'll get the DVD."
I got to witness my pop turn all 63 shades of embarrassed. He was even peeking through fingers! :) We all laughed about that for YEARS!
Posted: 30 Sep 20:03