Simulated birth videos are trending on TikTok, and well, you only have to see one video to understand why. Dummies are used during childbirth trainings to teach healthcare professionals every aspect of the birthing process, especially after baby arrives. From pulling out the placenta to sewing up a tear on the perineal muscle, these educational videos are taking all the mystery out of exactly what happens after your vaginal birth.
As someone who had perineal tearing during both of my vaginal births, the sewing video took me right back to the delivery room. I experienced second-degree tearing during my first birth, and honestly, I wouldn't wish that on anyone. From what my husband tells me, there was quite a bit of blood, and I was in excruciating pain as my doctor sewed the tender skin back together. Whatever pain relief they gave me didn't work, never mind the fact that I'd just given birth. The worst part of all? I hadn't even held my baby yet. The tear wasn't quite as severe during my second birth, but needless to say, wasn't a whole lot of fun, either.
While I go down memory lane (with a few memories I'd be fine forgetting!), check out these educational childbirth TikToks. Ione Lennox-Hottle, a labor and delivery, postpartum and nursery nurse in Virginia (who posted the placenta video), tells BuzzFeed, "TikTok is clearly an app aimed at the younger generation, so I think the childbirth doll videos go viral because it's just something they've never really been exposed to or seen before. Childbirth is super interesting and awesome; it's different for everyone experiencing it, yet so natural and similar at the same time," she said.
Ready to relive vaginal childbirth or if pregnant, prepare for what's coming? Check out the viral TikToks below.
Lennox-Hottle does have a sense of humor about this videos, telling Buzzfeed, "If people are freaked out by this super clean, smooth delivery with our doll, then they do not want to be in a real delivery room when it's really going down!"
In this video, the aforementioned perineal tearing is sewn up by this midwife: