Childbirth scenes on film and TV make mums feel like failures

The glossy image of childbirth shown in movies and television is unrealistic, says actress Tilda Swinton


Actress Tilda Swinton has accused romanticised scenes of giving birth in film and on television of making real mums feel failures. Tilda warns that the glamorous portrayals put unrealistic expectations on women.


“In the movies where people have babies and particularly in TV films, they are sitting in a hospital bed with flowers everywhere, beautifully made up, they have a baby in their arms and it’s all lovely. Anyone who has been in that zone will know it’s total fiction,” Tilda said, while speaking from the Cannes Film Festival.

“Giving birth is a truly murderous business. It’s a violent thing to go through. It’s a bloody business having a family,” Tilda, who has twin teenage sons, added.

Tilda stars in new film We Need To Talk About Kevin, the adaptation of Lional Shriver’s chilling book.

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