The Birth of a Baby

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The Birth of a Baby

Shira Buchsbaum

Coach Lynott beams while holding the video cassette tape of the 1980s birthing video.

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It takes a moment or two to realize what you’re watching. The brown thing sticking out of whatever that is isn’t exactly distinguishable from the rest of the bodily fluids being excreted during the whole process.

For sophomores and freshmen, the description above could imply almost any rather unappetizing sight. Juniors and seniors, especially those who just completed the Health curriculum for this semester, know exactly what I am describing.

The Birthing Video.

*Cue Dramatic Music*

All theatrics aside, the birthing video rightfully concludes the Sex Education health curriculum for juniors and seniors. Almost three months of comprehensive learning about reproductive health, STDs, birth control, and fetal development prepare students for the infamous video. Coach Lynott appropriately places the video at the end of the marking period, jokingly stating that if “nothing else scared you, this will”, reminding students that the class is meant to teach safe, responsible sex, as well as identify the consequences of anything but.

The video does a nice job of educating the viewer on the birthing process with rather colorful animations, but nothing compares to the real deal. The birthing itself is a little hyped up. Maybe I have a stomach of steel or a high tolerance for bizarre fluids, but I didn’t feel particularly faint or ill while watching the birthing process. That being said, even my class, uncharacteristically quiet for a Coach Lynott Health Class, had a relatively strong reaction towards the birthing. On the other hand, some classes experienced a chorus of screams, profanity, and a few students chose to walk out. It’s certainly something that has to be experienced.

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