It’s “That Time” – Wanna Invite A Few Friends?

Having a baby? Congratulations!! Aside from onesies and names, have you given much thought to what it’s actually like to have a kid? Never fear – just go to YouTube. Apparently, as a way to educate other women and families about the reality of childbirth, couples are recording and posting their births online – and generating a gaga of hits in the process. One woman garnered over 3 million views so far. So what’s the fuss? Well, since homebirths have gone from the norm to a novelty, many of us first-timers can’t really say that we have seen a birth outside of the Discovery Channel or TLC – and even they censor more than YT.

Considering the way that the internet has given society another medium of expression and information exchange, [this for example], is this too much or just what the doctor should have ordered? Since most hospitals won’t allow too many people in the delivery room, are these women doing other first-time couples/moms a favor by giving a real deal look? I’m on the fence, I appreciate the view but after looking at one vid I’m kinda scared to death. I was privy to witness only one birth and found myself spacing out only to snap back into reality and witness the afterbirth—which is basically the best method of birth control ever, save for Saturdays at the Brooklyn/Harlem Pathmarks.

While I don’t see many women of color on any of these vids, there is nothing that brings us together as just women like childbirth so I make no assumptions that there is a difference. I know we have some fab Parlour mommies out there—any plans to vid soon?

Lights, Camera, Contraction!

And NYTIMES, why the hell is this in the Style Section?

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