Planned Parenthood

Western Pennsylvania

Baby-Think-It-Over

BabyThink.jpgSome decisions last a lifetime... As a community leader in health and sexuality education, PPWP presents an extensive variety of programs to thousands of youths, parents, and professionals. PPWP offers the Baby Think It Over program to educate teenagers about the responsibility of caring for a newborn infant.

 

The Baby Think It Over Experience

Baby Think It Over is an infant simulator used to provide young adults with the experience of parenting an infant. It is a serious tool that was created to help each participant make responsible, informed choices about becoming a parent.

The lifelike Baby Think It Over doll is twenty inches in length and weighs seven to eight pounds. The authentic look and feel is complemented by its sound. An internal computer simulates an infant crying at realistic, random intervals of fifteen minutes to six hours, 24 hours a day.

Baby Think It Over will cry if it needs to be fed or comforted or if it is placed in an improper position. The teen "parent" wears a nontransferable key necessary for "feeding" the infant. When the doll cries, the key is inserted as the baby is held to stop it from crying.

"Feedings" can take up to thirty-five minutes. The doll's internal computer also registers incidences of neglect and abuse. The PPWP instructor will be able to determine the number of times the baby was handled roughly as well as the number of minutes that its crying was ignored.

Teens that participate in the Baby Think It Over simulation are responsible not only for the "baby," but also for the items that go along with child care. Participants are required to transport the infants in carriers and keep a fully stocked diaper bag with them at all times. These materials are provided by PPWP.

While the program provides a reasonable, realistic simulation of parenting, there are significant differences between it and a real infant. PPWP has developed a curriculum around the Baby Think It Over doll that provides the teens with a balanced picture of the positive and negative aspects of parenting, and enhances the program's overall effect.

The Baby Think It Over program opens up a wide range of topics including postponing sexual involvement, birth control options, the difficulties of single parenting and the medical factors in teen pregnancy. PPWP educators are able to tailor the Baby Think It Over program to the specific needs of the school or organization. The educators are able to take situations experienced by teen parents and provide valuable information on teen pregnancy prevention.

The Baby Think It Over program can only be implemented by trained education staff from PPWP. It is recommended that participants become "parents" for at least two nights. Teens often receive dolls on a Friday and return them on a Monday.

Bringing Baby Think It Over To You

In order to maintain our high quality education services, it is necessary to charge a program fee. All of our education program fees are negotiable so that we may continue to enable organizations or schools with limited budgets to utilize our services. PPWP is committed to providing education programs like Baby Think It Over; if your budget is tight, please call us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

If you live in Western PA you can get more informationor to enroll in the program please call 412-434-8967x111 or email edu@ppwp.org. Please, local calls only.

If you are outside the Western PA area you can get more information here.

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