As Samantha Hanratty learned so much about the birthing process, she was able to realize all the things the Yellow Jackets did wrong while trying to help Shauna (via Uprox):
“If we were in the hospital, little things like Shauna’s legs would be supported and we’d keep her at the foot of the bed and things like that. “That’s not true.” Being like ‘this is a bunch of teenage girls who don’t know what they’re doing’.”
What makes the nativity scene so impactful and real is their ambiguity. The community behaves exactly as teenagers in this life-or-death situation would: frozen in fear, teary eyes searching for someone who knew what to do, a dreadful silence as they tried to understand, and bewildered questions as to whether it was there. they should not boil the water or time the contractions. Even Coach Ben, the only adult in the room, can’t face the pressure of this dangerous moment.
Hanratty’s awareness of maternal health could have helped the Yellow Jackets fight for survival. There has been a lot of panic over whether the team will eat Shauna’s baby – luckily they don’t (except for Shauna’s nightmare), but there are other pregnancy related things they can take advantage of. “I think they should have eaten the placenta. This is something they have to make up. And honestly, I hate to go into this level of detail but look, will Shauna ever be able to milk it? […] Maybe it was a little too far for the show,” Hanratty said in her interview.