Labor Delivery Photos

Wait, You Weren’t Supposed to See That…

Mom Jeanine
October 13, 2011


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I was feeling a little nostalgic this weekend, so I decided to look at pictures from when I was pregnant and when my daughter was first born. My daughter is already fascinated with babies, as we were looking at the pics, I was also explaining how she was in my belly when she was a baby. We were having a nice walk down memory lane, when…

I accidentally opened a picture of me in labor. Like legs spread open, head coming out. Yikes!

Before I could close the picture, my little girl saw it and was immediately in amazement. She was pointing, asking a million questions and begging to see more pictures… of her coming out of my “belly.”

Because she’d already seen the one, I decided I would attempt to explain the process to her. Picture by picture, I showed her me in the hospital, me pushing her out and her as a minutes-old baby. It was emotional for me to relive that day, but it was also quite an experience for my daughter. I thought she’d be grossed out, but she instead she kept asking to see them again and again.

The problem is, since that day, my little girl has been telling everyone she encounters about what she saw. “Did you know I came out of my mommy’s butt and I had blood?” she said to her babysitter. Eek! She even offered to show my current beau the pics.

So now I’m wondering, should I have not showed her the labor and delivery photos? She doesn’t seem to be traumatized by what she saw, but should a 3-year-old really be going around explaining the intricacies of birth?

What do you think? Do you explain grown-up concepts like sex and birth to your young children? Share your opinion in the comments.

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  • Kathy
    October 13, 2011

  • Too funny! Just yesterday my 4 year old daughter asked me to watch the video of her being born (via c-section). I hadn’t watched the video in quite some time and didnt’ remember just how graphic it was! There she was in all her glory being pulled out of my stomach covered in blood and her Daddy cutting the umbilical cord! she didn’t seem too traumatized by it, although she didn’t understand all the blood.

  • Alicia @MommyDelicious
    October 13, 2011

  • This is HILARIOUS!!!! Since my son can’t get enough of his penis (really… the kid is ALWAYS touching that thing), we have started the talk about private parts remaining, well, private, and the talk about not letting anyone touch private parts and “sex.” Sort of. So young, but so necessary. At least they’re learning it from us and not some crazy weirdo.

  • Cam | Bibs & Baubles
    October 14, 2011

  • I agree with Alicia! At leas the info is coming from a trusted source (you) and not some oddball!

  • Hannah
    October 17, 2011

  • I think it’s perfectly natural, and I’d rather that my child be curious, than scared. Ok, maybe you explain that some things are for public conversation, and some things are for private time, but I think it’s great that your daughter is so interested. Nothing wrong at all!!