How babies get here


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/11/how-babies-get-here.html


#2

Incidentally, the Charlotte in question has reproduced the explanation, this time in horizontal video if that was the sticking point for some people.


#3

I saw this the other day. Yes, I learned something too. Very neat.


#4

Awesome demonstration! Can’t wait to try this out with our kids.


#5

Wait, I have three kids and don’t remember it being so difficult to get the “ping pong ball” into the “balloon”. Hell, we got two in on the first try!


#6

What is the point of bringing babies into the world anyway, if it’s a world where people shoot videos in portrait mode?

NB I’m being whimsical, there’s actually nothing wrong with portrait video, and in fact it’s better if you’re watching on a phone, as many people do.


#7

I never knew…


#8

Am I alone in thinking it could be more fun with a little confetti?


#9

Now, for increased accuracy, imagine that the balloon tears around 90% of the time you do this.


#10

That’s not accurate at all. The balloon, or uterus does not tear. But I’m curious about your personal experience and intrest on the subject, care to share?


#11

Maybe they are referring to the vaginal tearing that sometimes occurs? Or some times cut.


#12

… stuck is a word we don’t like to have associated with childbirth, so …

ha.


#13

I guess I’m just reacting to the video’s depiction of the process as simple and over in an instant.

I was staggered when I read the article I linked. There’s a huge number of women affected by this, and we just don’t talk about it.


#14

It was not meant to depict childbirth, only the way that uterine muscles function.

Women and doctors have always been aware, and for most, only a couple of stitches are required. This isn’t a new thing.


#15

Great video. This may not be appropriate to say, but I’m going to say it. I think the woman in the video is lovely and quite attractive. I hope Charlotte learned as much as I did from this video.


#16

My son’s head was stuck for about 30 minutes…Thank god I had the epidural. The epi wasn’t working completely on me so I could still feel the incredible and weird pressure of it, but thankfully not the pain of it. Magic midwife called in a ton of nurses to move my legs into a certain position and he finally came out, had he not after that try they would have surgically removed him.


#17

That was completely fascinating. I had no idea. A tiny human being has exited my body, but I never went through labour at all. And I did have childbirth classes booked but I couldn’t attend those classes.


#18

Only if you are in an English Speaking country, apparently. Countries where the majority of babies are delivered at home with a midwife have much lower perineal tearing rates overall – though in some low resource countries in particular it’s a matter of fewer overall tears, but much, much worse tearing when it does happen.

By the way… “some data suggests 95% of women had no tearing in the 1800s.” (emphasis mine)


#19

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