"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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