We all know those heart wenching scenes where a baby is born. Be it Bridget Jones or others, babies are a part of film making. But how do newborn babies even appear in films?
Most babies that appear in movies are all several weeks old. Because if nothing else – to be in a film you need a bunch of paperwork filled out and filed, and that takes a couple of weeks to do. Also, newborn babies (ie 48 hours or less) are ugly as hell. Three week old babies are cute.
There are agencies in Hollywood where pregnant women register themselves and their due date.
The vast majority of these women will never be called, but when a production needs to film with a newborn, the movie company calls up the agency and says “Yeah, I need a black male – how many you got for next Thursday?”
The Service company makes some calls and comes up with a number of potential babies. That many black male babies of the appropriate 3-6 week age. These mothers bring the kids to the lot and they shoot the scene with whichever one is cooperating the most with being covered in prop gel and placed under the hot bright lights on the film set.
This is how your average “birth” scene is filmed. A jelly covered confused child who is hot and blind.