My Dad is a doctor. And when I was a kid, I remember watching videos of him performing eye surgery. We looked through medical textbooks. It was just a normal part of life to hear about glaucoma and cataracts at the dinner table. But some families are not particularly thrilled by blow-by-blows of operations.
One doctor and mom sparked controversy on the Internet with her video of a playdough Cesarean delivery, with some people praising her for ingenuity and encouraging her son’s interest in medicine and others shocked by the graphic nature of the playdough surgery.
Dr. Jessica So, known as @thebreakfasteur on the internet, created a playdough model of a pregnant woman’s belly and then proceeded to help her four-year-old son perform a C-section to get out a model baby (which turned out to be a little Spiderman).
“Cesarean #playdoughsurgery pregnant woman for my kid’s 4th birthday,” reads the tag to video. Dr. So said that the birthday surgery was meant to remind the family of how their son came into the world.
“Our little guy just had a birthday (the big 4!),” she said, “and we reminisced about the eventful, unexpected day he arrived and the flurry of amazing people involved with getting him here safely.”
Responses were mixed on social media.
There is no way to repair this disembodied abdomen, which is part of a human woman. Too much emphasis on the baby. I don’t find it cute, it’s actually a bit frightening.
— Pippi ‘mail-in paper ballot’ Longstocking (@shannon_b) November 21, 2020
This kid is going to be so confused about how Spider-Men are made.
— Whiskeyprayer (@Carsonraml) November 21, 2020
She said this is for the child’s birthday, I presume it was to explain how he was born. I can’t speak for the US but generally c-sections save lives not end them.
— Harriet (@Harriet_S_T) November 22, 2020
I learnt more ab birthing a child from this video than I ever did in catholic school.
— Amelia (@miamickut) November 21, 2020
If anyone finds this inoffensive, this is the barbie my children played with. Now, that’s a big cesarean scar! I do wonder what they were thinking at the time? pic.twitter.com/VPytwjDUcW
— Nina Davis @ Australian Teacher & Manufacturer (@ninadavis) November 21, 2020
WTAF? I consider myself a very progressive parent & embrace age appropriate learning for all tooics, but this is just plain unnecessary & quite frankly a little disturbing.
— Me (@MyOzFeed) November 22, 2020
— Dennis Mazingi (@DMazingi) November 21, 2020
I made snakes with Play-Doh for my kids. Feel a bit like a failure now.
— (@EvanJoanette) November 21, 2020
Look, kids get interested in weird things all the time. My son is two and a half, and he is always asking me to draw angry ghosts. So guess what? I draw an angry ghost. Is a play-doh C-section a little much? Maybe, but I’d like to think that parents know their children and what they will like and what will upset them.
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