Labor Day Horrors: 10 Movie Birth Scenes That Make Us Terrified Of Having Babies

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Happy Labor Day, everyone! While most of us enjoy this day off work, playing in the sunshine, we'd like to give a tip of the straw hat to all the moms out there who don't get a holiday from that particular job. We'd also like to give a shout-out to all the movies that make that other kind of labor — childbirth — seem like a horror show we'd never sign up for voluntarily.

The onscreen delivery scene is a cinematic staple decried by many a midwife and doula — the scenes are unrealistically short, fail to depict all the WAITING that goes on, and concentrate mostly on the pain women endure rather than the beautiful miracle their bodies are performing. (Having gone through only half of the experience before being wheeled off for an emergency C-section, this writer isn't a good first-hand judge of how true to life these scenes really are — sorry.) What we can say, though, is that labor scenes in movies like Nine Months and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 make many of us think twice about ever wanting to push out kids of our own. And Knocked Up surely served as birth control for plenty of couples.

On the bright side, these scenes give us the chance to see some great actresses screaming and cursing their heads off. That's good fun for everyone.