22 May 2009

Leicester teen birth video: shocking

A mobile phone video of a teenager giving birth in Leicester and republished as a part of a NHS campaign against teen pregnancy has sparked controversy around the world. The graphic depiction of a teenager screaming and giving birth on a playground, surrounded by her classmates taunting her was originally banned on You Tube but has recently reappeared.

"We know this film is hard-hitting but so are the numbers of under-18s getting pregnant in Leicester,' Tim Rideout, chief executive of NHS Leicester City, told Metro UK. "Nearly half the city's wards are classed as teen pregnancy 'hotspots'." Rideout says that posters and leaflets have been ineffective and it was hoped that the video would get the message across.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

That is so completely fake. What really ticks me off is that no women truly in labor (outside the hospital) just lies down flat on her back. It just perpetuates typical bad information about birth. Screaming, lithotomy position, blood, a bunch of shouting apes (students, hospital personel, whatever) jumping around harassing the labouring woman. Puh-lease. Give me a freaking break.

Craving Cinnabon said...

Well you should clarify a bit that this particular video is actors, god knows if its based on a true one. Anyways I don't think this video campaign is gonna be effective, free condoms does a better job.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Spr0ut commented on this, I have no knowledge of such things and just found that video horrific....

My first thought is why the f**k isn't anyone helping her - staff etc etc - that's what really freaked me out.

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