"Baby Borrowers" Brouhaha

The "Baby Borrowers" is turning out to be a pretty popular show on NBC. It's also generating its share of controversy.

The "Baby Borrowers" is turning out to be a pretty popular show on NBC.   It's also generating its share of controversy.

The premise of the show is to provide teens with babies to show them the challenges and responsibilities that go along with a baby.  Real life parents volunteer their six month-olds for three days for what's being called the ultimate in birth control.  The real parents are nearby and ready to step in if needed.

Some child psychiatrists have a big problem with the show.  They say what's happening equates to child abuse.  The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry wants NBC to pull the show.  Dr. Michael Brody is the chairman of the organization.  Dr. Brody says, "This is a time in life where children develop stranger anxiety, so at the worst possible moment, they're giving these babies up to these strangers who are very ill prepared.  This could lead to some type of behavioral difficulty, in some type of hyperactivity in terms of the child being accident prone, but the main thing it's going to come back as is some form of depression."

The show and the argument against it raise some interesting questions.  If you are against the show you may be asking who would give up their six month-old to participate?  Aren't these parents concerned about their babies?  If you don't see a problem with the show you may question some of the statements from the psychiatrists.  Is it really possible for a child to suffer such long term consequences from such a short separation?  If three days is to long what about two days, one day, a few hours?  What does that mean for parents who leave their babies and go to work?  What length of time would it take for a child to be separated from a parent for behavioral problems to develop or even depression later in life?  How can you trace problems a child, teen or adult develops to such a separation?

What do you think?  Does the show teach teens a lesson or is it, as some psychiatrists claim, nothing more than child abuse?

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  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Jul 13, 2008 at 06:30 AM
    This show is FAKE, imagine what these teens would do if there were no cameras? Besides, this show doesn't prove anything when it comes to teenage parents. It would be different if it were THEIR OWN child!
  • by Anon One Location: NC on Jul 12, 2008 at 07:13 AM
    Hey, Don. We're at the tip of the bible belt. I think that's why everything has to be about god. As a devout atheist, I'm just waiting for the next person to tell me to "...have a blessed day". I'll respond with "Satan loves you, too".
  • by Stephanie Location: Greenville on Jul 11, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    I haven't seen the show but it sounds like a good idea to me. So many kids out there think having a baby is going to be soooo great. What they don't realize is all the hard work they have to do in order to care for another life. I don't have any children and I don't want any, not because of this show but because I did a lot of babysitting as a teenager and while I was in college. Taking care of kids is HARD work. No thanks! I'm happy with my dog.
  • by John Location: Jacksonville,nc on Jul 11, 2008 at 07:39 AM
    This show is halarious I can't wait to see them put up with the teenagers that would be the funny part of that show ever my opinion is that i what morgan and daton work out really and plus it teaches the teens that are about to be real parents
  • by Don Location: Greenville on Jul 10, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    Why does everything have to be about God?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2008 at 01:53 PM
    I think the show is a money making scam!!! There is no reason at all to give a young immature teenager a baby who was born into a nice settled baby ready family. I think all this producer wants is money. There a many other ways of birth control rather than giving a young person a baby to care for, for so many days!! I hate the show and will be so glad when it has failed. These babies do not deserve this. It is FULL BLOWN CHILD ABUSE AND IT NEEDS TO END NOW!!! The parents are responsible for there teenagers and there birth control not families who have young babies to give out to whoever!! And the families who do give there babies to this inhumane show should be charged also. TAKE IT OFF THE AIR NOW!!!! If no one is punished on earth for this child abuse. God will take care of it!!!
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2008 at 07:36 PM
    Dave, once again you are on top of things with another great blog topic! I think that this show is terrible and those who watch it are pretty desperate to find something to do with their time. Any parent who is willing to let a couple of teenagers raise their child for a TV show need to seek some help as well. I have a 2 year old son and there is NO WAY I would EVER let some immature teens take care of him!
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