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it's a girl!

we are a supergroup duh
— the band's facebook page

Childbirth is a Nouveau-Riot Grrrl Hardcore Punk band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 2013. It is comprised of members Julia Shapiro (guitar/vocals), Bree McKenna (bass/vocals), and Stacy Peck (drums/"cool mom"), all of whom are also members of other popular underground bands.

Their style consists of tight, Three Chords and the Truth-type punk ditties about various common female experiences—from cross-stitching to mansplaining tech bros to, you guessed it, childbirth. Their first-album single, "I Only Fucked You as a Joke", was named by Spin magazine as one of their top 100 songs of 2014.

Not to Be Confused with Birth Tropes (though they tend to employ quite a few of them).


  • It's a Girl! (2014)
  • Women's Rights (2015)


It's a Trope!

  • Alternative Rock: They're all about zines, grassroots, and smokey Seattle bars.
  • Companion Cube: In the music video for "Breast Coast (Hangin' Out)", the actress spends time with an inflatable white cutout of a person while the lyrics sing about how great her boyfriend is.
  • Hardcore Punk: It's fast, concise, and overtly political.
  • Institutional Apparel: The band traditionally performs in maternity gowns.
  • Pregnancy Scare: One of the singer's concerns in "I Only Fucked You as a Joke" is that she might be pregnant now.
    I don't wanna have a kid!
  • Riot Grrrl: Part of the 2010s revival of the genre. Comparisons can easily be made between their music and that of Bikini Kill, one of the first Riot Grrrl groups.
  • Supergroup: Each of their original bands (Julia's Chastity Belt, Bree's Tacocat, and Stacy's Pony Time) was popular in Seattle's underground scene before the group's formation.
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  • Take That!: Many of their songs, such as "Tech Bro", which ridicules nerdy men who act entitled to female company.
  • Visual Pun: The cover of their second album, Women's Rights, shows a woman's gloved right hand.


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