Birth - TV Shows

TV shows that depict labor and birth

Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

2019

Season 15 Episode 25

Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) goes into labor during a city wide fog even and nearly doesn't make it to the hospital on time. 

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes at home and in a car with a hospital birth scene.

New Amsterdam

New Amsterdam

2019

Season 1 Episode 22

Georgia (Lisa O'Hare) begins bleeding that leads to a traumatic delivery.

What is shown onscreen? A very bloody home c-section that delivers a healthy baby girl

Arrow

Arrow

2019

Season 7 Episode 16

Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) gives birth to a daughter with Oliver by her side

What is shown onscreen? A walk into the cabin where Felicity is in labor and gives birth with the help of a midwife. No birth is shown.

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When Calls the Heart

2018

Season 6 Episode 0

Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) goes into labor during a snowstorm

What is shown onscreen? Labor while they hike through the snow to find a place suitable for birth. The birth happens off screen.

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Once Upon a Time

2011 - 2018 

Season 1 Episode 1

Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) gives birth to a daughter they must hide from those attempting to take her

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a birth in the castle. Mother and father are separated from the baby immediately. 

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Once Upon a Time

2011 - 2018 

Season 3 Episode 1

Emma (Jennifer Morrison) goes gives birth while in prison

What is shown onscreen? Birth scene in a hospital setting where she refuses to look at the baby.

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Once Upon a Time

2011 - 2018 

Season 6 Episode 9

Belle (Emilie De Ravin) goes into labor after eating tainted onion rings that accelerates her pregnancy.

What is shown onscreen? A birth scene intertwined with an imaginative scene of her speaking to her adult son.

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Once Upon a Time

2011 - 2018 

Season 3 Episode 20

Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) goes into labor while on the run from Zelena that intends to take the baby.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a birth scene in a hospital setting. The baby does get taken.

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Station 19

2018-

Season 1 Episode 2

Ava(Emma Loewen) goes into labor in her middle school bathroom.

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes with complications that arise due to hiding it from her mother.

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12 Monkeys

2015 - 2018

Season 3 Episode 1

Cassie (Amanda Schull) goes into labor while being held captive because they believe she will give birth to The Witness.

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes in a bathtub that lead to a birth scene that occurs off screen.

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The Crown

2018 -

Season 2 Episode 7 & 10

​ Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) gives birth.

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes in a bathtub that lead to a birth scene that occurs off screen.

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In the Dark

2017

Episode 4

D.I. Helen Weeks (MyAnna Buring) goes into labor while on a case.

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes and giving birth in a hospital setting. 

Grimm

Grimm

2011 - 2017

Season 3 Episode 14 & Season 5 Episode 1

Adalind (Claire Coffee) gives birth on two different occasions

What is shown onscreen? The first is a home birth and the second ends up as a c-section when the baby begins to encounter trouble.

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Bones

2005 - 2017

Season 7 Episode 7

Temperance (Emily Deschanel) goes into labor while in a prison

What is shown onscreen? Unable to make it to the hospital in time, Bones gives birth in a barn.

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Grimm

2011 - 2017

Season 6 Episode 8

Rosalee (Brie Turner) goes into labor in the middle of the night after having an accelerated pregnancy.

What is shown onscreen? Precipitous labor for multiple babies that are born at home. This is a nightmare and doesn't actually happen. 

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Bones

2005 - 2017

Season 8 Episode 10

Daisy (Carla Gallo) goes into labor at the lab

What is shown onscreen? Labor and birth scenes in a hospital setting. It began as a natural birth but evolves into the usual.

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Grimm

2011 - 2017

Season 2 Episode 19

Jocelyn (Erin Way) gives birth to a rare baby.

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes and a home birth scene. The child is of a special lineage.

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Saving Hope

2012 - 2017

Season 4 Episode 18

Alex (Erica Durance) goes into labor while undergoing her boards.

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes and giving birth in an ambulance with complications.

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The Handmaid's Tale

2017 - 

Season 1 Episode 2

Janine (Madeline Brewer) gives birth, while other women mimic a birth in the same room. 

What is shown onscreen? A home birth while sitting on a birthing chair and surrounded by other women. The baby is taken immediately afterwards. 

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    Reign

2013 - 2017

Season 4 Episode 15

Mary Stuart (Adelaide Kane) goes into labor and nearly dies

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a complicated birth scene set in the Elizabethan era.

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Containment

2016

Season 1 Episode 10

Teresa (Hannah Mangan Lawrence) gives birth in containment to prevent being infected by a deadly virus

What is shown onscreen? Labor and birth scenes in an office.

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This is Us

2016 -

Season 1 Episode 1

Rebecca (Mandy Moore) goes into labor with triplets

What is shown onscreen? Labor and birth scenes in a hospital setting including complications.

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Victoria

2016 -

Season 1 Episode 8 / Season 2 Episode 4

Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) goes into labor and gives birth.

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes and home births set in the 1800s.

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This is Us

2016 -

Season 3 Episode 15

Kate (Chrissy Metz) goes into early labor

What is shown onscreen? Early labor pains that lead to a hospital stay and an emergency c-section.

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This is Us

2016 -

Season 2 Episode 17

Multiple characters give birth in a montage

What is shown onscreen? 4 birth scenes that are intertwined in some way. 

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House of Lies

2012 - 2016

Season 4 Episode 12

Jeannie (Kristen Bell) gives birth

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes. The birth occurs offscreen

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Resurrection

2014 - 2015

Season 2 Episode 12 & 13

Rachel (Kathleen Munroe) goes into labor while being surrounded by those who wish to do the child harm.

What is shown onscreen? Rachel going through the different stages of labor and the events surrounding them. There is no birth scene. 

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Hart of Dixie

2011 - 2015

Season 4 Episode 10

Zoe (Rachel Bilson) goes into labor at a party.

What is shown onscreen? Zoe's water breaks and sends her to the hospital where she gets married on the way to the birth. No birth scene is shown.

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Superstore

2015 - 

Season 1 Episode 10

Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) goes into labor while at work

What is shown onscreen? Labor and what seems like a birth scene but it turns out to be false. It later occurs offscreen but while she is still on shift. 

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Jane the Virgin

2014

Season 4 Episode 3

Darci (Justina Machado) goes into labor at home.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a home birth in a birthing pool.

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Breaking Bad

2008-2014

Season 2 Episode 11

Skyler (Anna Gunn) goes into labor

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes. No birth is shown.

Vikings

Vikings

2013 -

Season 2 Episode 8 / Season 3 Episode 6 / Season 4 Episode 9

Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), Borunn (Gaia Weiss), Judith (Jennie Jacques) give birth.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and birth scenes set in the Viking era. Most births are complicated.

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Game of Thrones

2011 - 2019

Season 4 Episode 3

Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) gives birth in the traditional sense to a shadow demon

What is shown onscreen? Nude birth scene thats a bit unusual. as the "baby" is a shadow demon

Tudors

The Tudors

2007 - 2010

Season 1 Episode 2

Lady Elizabeth (Ruta Gedmintas) goes into labor

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a quick birth set in the 16th century. 

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ER

1994 - 2009

Season 6 Episode 8

Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) goes into labor on the El

What is shown onscreen? Twin delivery in a hospital setting. One birth ends up being a c-section after complications.

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ER

1994 - 2009

Season 7 Episode 19

Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) goes into labor.

What is shown onscreen? False labor moments and the true thing. The birth happens off-screen. 

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Stargate Atlantis

2004 - 2009

Season 5 Episode 1 

Teyla (Rachel Luttrell) goes into labor in captivity but is found by her ships crew before giving birth.

What is shown onscreen?  Teyla having contractions and the baby being delivered by a friend that is very unprepared for the task.

Heartland

Heartland

2007 -

Season 4 Episode 19

Lou (Michelle Morgan) goes into labor

What is shown onscreen? Labor and an unexpected home birth with teenagers who arent sure what to do.

Alias

Alias

2001 - 2006

Season 5 Episode 11

Sydney (Jennifer Garner) goes into labor on a mission

What is shown onscreen? Labor and birth while in hiding. Her parents deliver the baby.

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Six Feet Under

2001 - 2005

Season 5 Episode 12

Brenda (Rachel Griffiths) goes into premature labor

What is shown onscreen? Birth in a hospital setting. The baby has difficulty breathing. 

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Grey's Anatomy

2005 - 

Season 12, Episode 24

April (Sarah Drew) goes into labor and cant make it to the hospital in time.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a c-section in a home setting. Blood is shown.

Thanks to Lizabeth for this suggestion!

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Grey's Anatomy

2005 - 

Season 9 Episode 24

Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) goes into labor after falling on her stomach.

What is shown onscreen? Labor that leads to an emergency c-section during a storm.

Thanks to Lizabeth for this suggestion!

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Grey's Anatomy

2005 - 

Season 10, Episode 17

Christina Yang (Sandra Oh) gives birth to a baby in an alternate timeline

What is shown onscreen? Labor birth in a hospital setting. 

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Friends

1994 - 2004

Season 1 Episode 23

Carol (Jane Signet) goes into labor

What is shown onscreen? Carol goes into labor but Ross ends up locked in a closet when she gives birth in the hospital. 

Friends

Friends

1994 - 2004

Season 8 Episode 24 & 24 

Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) gives birth after a long labor

What is shown onscreen? Labor and birth in a hospital setting. 

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NCIS

2003 -

Season 15 Episode 9/ Season 9 Episode 11

Emma (Erin Cottrell) and Delilah (Margo Harshman) go into labor and give birth.

What is shown onscreen? Emma gives birth in a car while in hiding while Delilah has a hospital birth of twins.

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X-Files

1993 - 2002, 2018

Season 8 Episode 21

Scully (Gillian Anderson) goes into labor while on the run from those that wish to take her son.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a home birth scene in which multiple people watch believing her son is something special. 

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Xena

1995 - 2001

Season 3 Episode 5

Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) rapidly grows and gives birth within a night.

What is shown onscreen? Precipitous labor and birth of a child that may be evil. 

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The Village

2019

Season 1 Episode 10

Katie (Grace Van Dien) goes into labor after being hit by a bike and experiencing bleeding.

What is shown onscreen? Pain with blood shown and a complicated delivery in a hospital setting.

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Gotham

2019

Season 5 Episode 8

Barbara (Erin Richards) goes into labor as she attempts to flee Gotham and Lee has to assist as the others catch up to exact their revenge.

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes as they try to escape from Bane and his men. There is no birth scene.

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Outlander

2019

Season 4 Episode 13

 

Brianna (Sophie Skelton) gives birth to a son.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and birth scene set in the 1700's. 

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911

2018-

Season 2 Episode 14

A woman named Sonia (Skye P. Marshall) who goes into labor much too quickly gives birth in the middle of a lobby.

What is shown onscreen? Rough labor and birth scenes that end with a healthy baby but the mom does not survive.

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Superstore

2015 - 

Season 4 Episode 5

Dina (Lauren Ash) and Amy (America Fererra) go into labor at the same time.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a birth scene. Dina receives a c-section. They each have different experiences based on the type of insurance they have.

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Once Upon a Time

2011 - 2018 

Season 3 Episode 18

Cora (Rose McGowan) gives birth to a daughter

What is shown onscreen? Birth scenes. She then leaves the baby in the basket in a forest.

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Once Upon a Time

2011 - 2018 

Season 5 Episode 8

Zelena (Rebecca Mader) goes into labor after her stomach grows within moments.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a birth scene in which she is fearful the baby will be taken.

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Once Upon a Time

2011 - 2018 

Season 6 Episode 19

Fiona (Jaime Murray) gives birth to a son

What is shown onscreen? Labor and birth in which they are visited by fairies.

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911

2018-

Season 1 Episode 7

Multiple women in a prenatal yoga class go into labor at the same time.

What is shown onscreen? Multiple women in labor and two births in the yoga studio.

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The Cry

2018

Episode 1

Joanna (Jenna Coleman) has a flashback of her sons birth. 

What is shown onscreen?  Labor and birth scene in a hospital setting. 

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Station 19

2018 -

Season 1 Episode 2

A young teenager gives birth in their school bathroom

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a birth scene with complications

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Zoo

2015 - 2017

Season 3 Episode 11

Clementine (Gracie Dzienny) gives birth in the middle of a crisis.

What is shown onscreen? Water break, labor and birth scenes with complications.

Bones

Bones

2005 - 2017

Season 6 Episode 23 

Angela (Michaela Conlin) goes into labor while at work and after many false alarms.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a hospital birth scene. Baby is feared to have a birth defect.

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The Vampire Diaries

2009 - 2017

Season 2 Episode 9

Katherine (Nina Dobrev) gives birth

What is shown onscreen? In a flashback, she gives birth to a daughter who is then taken.

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The Vampire Diaries

2009 - 2017

Season 7 Episode 13

Caroline (Candice King) gives birth to twins

What is shown onscreen? Labor and c-section scene.

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American Horror Story: Cult

2017

Season 7 Episode 6

Ally (Sarah Paulson) gives birth with Ivy (Allison Pill) by her side.

What is shown onscreen? Ally having a home birth and mentions of breastfeeding over the narrative of her angry wife.

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The Mindy Project

2012 - 2017

Season 4 Episode 2

Mindy (Mindy Kaling) goes into labor while stuck on the subway.

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes. The birth occurs off screen.

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Orphan Black

2013 - 2017

Season 5 Episode 10

Helena (Tatiana Maslany) is held captive and has her labor induced

What is shown onscreen? Labor and the birth of twins shown in a montage with another characters birth.

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The Handmaid's Tale

2017 - 

Season 2 Episode 11

June (Elisabeth Moss) gives birth by herself in an abandoned house.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a home birth scene in the nude.

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    Reign

2013 - 2017

Season 1 Episode 10

Isobel (Amy Forsyth) goes into labor

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a birth outside set in the Elizabethan era.

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House of Lies

2012 - 2016

Season 4 Episode 12

Jeannie (Kristin Bell) goes into labor

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes first in the office and then in a hospital setting. 

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Masters of Sex

2013 - 2016

Season 1 Episode 12

Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald) goes into precipitous labor.

What is shown onscreen? Labor scenes set in the 50s. There is no birth scene. 

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Wynonna Earp

2016 -

Season 2 Episode 12

Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) goes into labor and gives birth while in hiding.

What is shown onscreen? Going into labor while being pursued and giving birth on a pool table in the local tavern.

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Masters of Sex

2013 - 2016

Season 3 Episode 2

Virginia (Lizzy Caplan) goes into labor and prepares to give birth without the use of sedation which was common at the time.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and birth scene in a hospital setting set in the 60s.

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Between

2015 - 2016

Season 1 Episode 1

Wiley (Jeanette McCurdy) goes into labor while alone in the quarantined area.

What is shown onscreen? Wiley's water breaking, labor scenes and a home birth.

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Grace & Frankie

2015 - 

Season 4 Episode 8

Allison (Lindsey Kraft) decides on a home birth after multiple false alarms. 

What is shown onscreen? Labor and birth scenes set in the home with a comedic tone.

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    Chicago Med

2015 - 

Season 1 Episode 6 

Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) goes into labor and gives birth

What is shown onscreen? Labor and birth scenes in a hospital setting with complications.

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Angelica

2015

Angelica (Jena Malone) gives birth at home

What is shown onscreen? Shows Angelica giving birth at home (set in the early 1900s). It's pretty graphic with a lot of screaming and ends up being a forceps delivery. Blood is shown.

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Jane the Virgin

2014

Season 1 Episode 22

Jane (Gina Rodriguez) goes into labor while riding the bus.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a birth in a hospital setting.

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Grace & Frankie

2015 - 

Season 1 Episode 10

Mallory (Brooklyn Decker) has an extremely quick labor

What is shown onscreen? An accidental home birth as her water breaks and has the baby with her pants still on. 

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Jane the Virgin

2014

Season 2 Episode 14

Petra (Yael Grobglas) goes into labor while in a book store.

What is shown onscreen? Labor and a twin birth scene without complications.

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The White Queen

2013

Season 1 Episode 4, 6 & 7

Elizabeth (Rebecca Ferguson) gives birth to multiple children.