By Joey Keogh, April 1, 2019

Birth may be loudly painful in movies, but it’s a remarkably extradited process too. As Kecia Gaither — MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, and director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln — explained, in films, “As soon as the woman’s water breaks, [she] begins hooting and hollering with contractions. Contractions may precede rupture of membranes, or they may be delayed for hours or days after the membranes break. If they break prematurely, i.e. before 37 weeks, contractions may not ensue for days to weeks.”

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