Grey's was an even better, yet still a pretty dramatic enough portrayal of birth. Clearly someone in the writer's room knows something about normal birth because there have been a number of more positive portrayals of birth over the years.
Teddy's water breaks and Amelia is there helping support her. Instead of running to the hospital instantly as too many people incorrectly think you need to do when the water breaks, Amelia starts timing Teddy's contractions. Teddy wants an ambulance but Amelia knows if the contractions are more than three minutes apart, they don't have to rush and have time to drive to the hospital. LOVE THIS!
Amelia drives Teddy in but unfortunately massive fog has caused a pile up on the freeway and they end up getting a ride to the hospital in the back of a police car. Amelia tells the police officer something about a big person/baby trying to get out of a very small place in her car. (It does always amaze me how this happens.) Teddy is definitely scared and in pain (too bad she didn't have Hypnobabies!) and she even laments that she didn't make time to take a childbirth class. (Even busy doctors need to make time for that.)
Teddy appears to have a birth free of pain meds though she does appear to get IV fluids which are not always necessary. Her OB is known for being in expert in the sexuality of birth. My favorite part of this whole scene is when the baby's head is partly out. Teddy just wants to PUUUUSSSHHH and get the baby OUT. But the OB tells her she needs to wait for the next contraction to hopefully avoid tearing. It's so common for birthing people to just want to be done, but waiting and letting those tissues stretch is so important. The OB even suggests Teddy masturbate to alleviate the intense feeling of the baby's head being half out! (She doesn't go for it.) And Teddy is scared because she is "Advanced Maternal Age" but the OB reassures here that everything is just fine and there is nothing to worry about.
Instead of these births being dangerous and dramatic experiences, the shows focused on the relationships among the characters to bring drama to these plots which this birth geek really appreciated! Thanks to whoever at Grey's Anatomy and Schitt's Creek understand that birth doesn't have to be a medical emergency!