Should children witness childbirth?

@CatVegas (711)
United States
December 8, 2006 11:50pm CST
Due to a power outage, only one paramedic responded to the call. The house was very dark so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a 3-yr old girl, to hold a flashlight high over her mommy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby. Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked. Mommy pushed and pushed and after a little while, Connor was born. The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom. Connor began to cry. The paramedic then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked the wide-eyed 3-yr old what she thought about what she had just witnessed. Kathleen quickly responded, "He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first place......smack his butt again!"
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@The_Eagle_1 (1123)
• Australia
26 Dec 06
That is hilarious cat, from the mouths of babes!! I was about to get all serious..but youv've just made me laugh to much with the punch line!!
@CatVegas (711)
• United States
26 Dec 06
LOL Eagle...My daughter had sent that to me and I laughed and laughed. I did change the one word, but that is something a little one would say. I don't think I would really have a child see Childbirth, but I had to share that one with my friends here on MyLot...
• Australia
28 Dec 06
Yes I think It would depend greatly on the maturity of the child, as not all would be able to appreciate the magnitude of the event! And in some cases it might actually help deter some of these promiscuous young teens! haha
• United States
28 Dec 06
I think it's completely natural for a child to witness childbirth. It is a beautiful miracle of life but can also be memorable enough for a child to see the responsibility and pain involved in bringing a child into this world. It's not all play and cutesy like many young girls are socialized to think and then end up fantasizing about having a baby to dress up and play with. The experience of watching a birth will be forever imprinted in their mind as the miracle it is.
@nibory (175)
• United States
13 Jan 07
You bring up a good point. It might be a deterrent to have children until you are more mature if you witness this as a child.
• United States
9 Dec 06
aww hehe I think that was a cute lil story. I think it depends on the child. I think my older children would be ok to watch...probably even my 4 year old but not my youngest child. She gets scared if she see's me cry even so if I were to give birth & scream and cry from pain she would probably freak out. I dont think it's a bad thing for a child to be present.
@CatVegas (711)
• United States
9 Dec 06
Thank you...I'm really not sure about children watching, but I had to share the story as it is so cute what kids will come up with on sayings..
• India
11 Feb 07
That's a real cute and lovely little story... clearly depicts the trait called 'innocence'. But seriously speaking, I also don't think children should be allowed or made to see childbirth. After all, their level of intellect and innocence doesn't approve of the same...
• Oman
7 Feb 07
i was ready to get really serious until i saw the punchline. now that im done laughing my a** off, i dont think letting a young child witness childbirth would be the best idea. if they cant understand what is happening it may be very traumatising for them and they may end up hating the baby for putting their mother in such pain
@crom07 (233)
• Philippines
27 Jan 07
its cool but in my opinion,maybe not, for the child is to young,the mind is not really set for that and it could be trauma or somethinhg.thinking her mom is dying,bloods,well i guess in your story the girl helped the paramedic,but she also got shocked,
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
31 Dec 06
LOL!!!! Cute!!
@ricky1209 (1677)
• India
31 Dec 06
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@anup12 (4181)
• India
26 Dec 06
That was a splendid one actually greetings on that on the other note it is perfectly ok to see that
@Perry2007 (2229)
• Philippines
26 Dec 06
I didn't have the joy of having a child, but have nephew and nieces, a lot. In my opinion children should not witness child birth, If at any rate they do, adults must explain how babies are born in a manner that they will appreciate the hardship they see in child birth. They need understand that mommy is in pain only for a while, and joy comes when the baby is born.
• United States
24 Dec 06
Thank you for sharing that, I need a good laugh. It was really funny. Have a good day.
• United States
15 Dec 06
This is so funny. I love this one. You can just imagine a child saying such a thing!
@nzinky (822)
• United States
12 Dec 06
have a happy new year - happy new year's baby
That is really a cute story.....I've heard it before but still brings a smile to my face....
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
9 Dec 06
That's cute!!! There isn't anything wrong with that.