But it wasn’t fun and games for everyone — Kalina Christoff, founder of Humanize Birth, an organization that advocates for “an increase in women having positive, empowered births,” took offense to several lines in the video and criticized the hospital for posting it on their official YouTube channel.
“Those that are offended tend to perceive a sense of attempt to control their bodies on the part of obstetricians during birth,” she said. “There are several segments where the jokes are about how an obstetrician walks in the room, the woman’s sexual organs start behaving . . . There’s the suggestion that the woman’s anatomy. . . (is) controlled by the obstetricians during the birth.”
In response, the hospital pulled the video from YouTube, but Christoff says that’s not enough — she’s demanding an apology. Another user reposted the video to another YouTube site Thursday and it had drawn more than 10,000 views before it too was removed Saturday evening. Later Saturday night, it was posted yet again.
“People from other obstetrical units were writing in and saying they enjoyed it and that it allowed them to take a light look at their jobs which can sometimes be a little stressful,” said Duhamel. “We certainly didn’t want to upset anyone — it wasn’t our intention at all. While the overwhelming majority of people liked it, there were a few who were upset by it and we wanted to respect their feelings.”
“It’s a fairly intense environment. We have the largest critical care capacity in the country and it can be quite a difficult place to work at times. If they can ease the stress by having a little bit of fun — I don’t see any harm in it,” said Duhamel, noting they would be more cautious with future videos.