Cracking Us Up: The VBAC Baby Doll
DAWN PAPANDREA ON JAN 19, 2012 AT 2:31PM
File this one in the "now I've seen it all" department: Little girls (and boys) can now play with a VBAC Baby Doll. VBAC refers to vaginal birth after Cesarean, and of course, that's an important birthing option we want our toddlers and preschoolers to know all about, right?
The sweet handcrafted doll sports a c-section scar on her belly, and a tiny felt newborn (complete with umbilical cord and placenta) that can be delivered via the doll's hand-stitched vaginal opening. The custom-made line of dolls from MamaMor are "educational tools that demonstrate normal, natural birth, breastfeeding and bonding," according to the Canadian company's web site.
Now, bonding and breastfeeding dolls make sense to us. (We're not sure that you need a specific doll for this kind of pretend play, but we support it!) We want little kids to witness and model these positive behaviors. But last we checked, creating a birth plan isn’t usually something preschoolers have to worry about. (If you're planning a home birth attended by your three-year-old, then maybe this doll is just the ticket.)
We're just dying to know what comes next: anatomically correct TTC Barbie and Ken with ovulation kit and pregnancy tests? Play-Doh's childbirth factory? The Lego Friends birthing suite? No, wait, we've got it: The Playmobil maternity ward. After the dolls labor in the bathtub, we'll have our tweezers at the ready to administer an epidural if Momwants it and handle the teeny tiny vacuum and forceps in case of emergency.