The show follows three ordinary mothers as they go through all the various steps of labor: from before the water breaks, through each of the many contractions, and right at the moment the baby is finally born.
However, for documenting the miracle of life, Come On, Baby has incurred online controversy and been criticized for having content that is “too strong,” according to the Nanfang.. Mothers are shown in varying moments of pain as they cry out in anguish and wince in pain amid blood and sweat.
China Daily has more:
The first episode on Friday night featured three women in labor, with one screaming and pulling her hair during an delivery. For another woman, after the cesarean section, the midwife holds the blood-covered newborn up to the cameras.
Some internet users expressed horror at the video:
“It was terrifying to see the mother’s tummy cut in a second during the C-section. … Can I say I do not want to give birth? I was so scared that I cried,” a netizen called Xu Xiaoguai’s Happy Time wrote on her micro blog on Friday night.
We found some more lovely comments, and they range from empathetic and caring to straight-up weird:
[crying faces]Being a mother is so hard! Why not make men give birth to babies? Men are brave and strong. They say they are not afraid of anything. I won’t say I’ll give birth to five babies any more.
It’s a must-shared documentary. It’s still a good memory for mothers. But for those who haven’t given birth, I’d like to tell you that it’s impossible to see the beautiful delivery room, husband accompany delivery, and midwife in real life. When you decide to be a mother, you have to become stronger and stronger. Happy Mother’s Day.
It’s so horrifying to give birth. I’m so touched by the mothers in the documentary. In the meantime, I want to say that I don’t want to give birth to a baby of my own but to adopt one is fine. Today is Mother’s Day. I wish all strong mothers happiness, health and peace. Mom, I love you.