Woman Swings Babies to Strengthen Them???

Jessica - posted on 01/20/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )




"The viral video of a Russian woman swirling and twirling a baby about seemed so surreal and unreal. Everyone thought it was a hoax. But it turns out Lena Fokina, the famous baby swinger, runs a legit business in Egypt, where she, well, swings babies. Fokina likes to call it "baby yoga." How much do you want to bet that a baby yoga place will open up in Noe Valley within the year?

When a five-minute video of a Russian woman swinging a baby around by its ankles and arms first started circulating around the Web, people were convinced that it was a hoax.

Gawker ran a story with the headline, "This Baby-Swinging Yoga Video Can't Be Real, Right?"

YouTube pulled the video deeming it "shocking and disgusting."

If you watch the video, you'll understand why. It's rather unsettling to watch this woman, who looks as if she'd fit right in at Yoga Tree, turn a baby upside by its ankles and then flip it up over her head.

It turns out this hard-bodied, 50-year-old woman is for real--and babies are a lot stronger than you ever imagined. Lena Fokina runs a yoga business in Dahab, Egypt, and Nathan Thornburgh, a daddy blogger and contributing writer for Time magazine, tracked her down and interviewed her.

Q: The first thing everybody here thought when they saw your baby-swinging video was "Holy s-!" Then they thought, is it real or fake? So: Is it real? If so, who is the baby?
A: The child was born in the Black Sea region. Her name is Platona, and she was two weeks old when we took that video. We have a lot of children like her here. They are early readers, singers, talkers, swimmers. You haven't seen anything like it anywhere!! And there's swimming with dolphins, scuba diving with them. Come to Dahab!

Q: And are they early readers, talkers, and so on because of baby yoga?
A: Not only this. It's just one reason.

Q: What else makes them so talented then?
A: Love for each other and to one another.

Q: I have two small children and I was, you know, careful with them when they were newborns. So it was hard for me to watch your video. It looks like it has to injure the child. Their hands? The cartilage in the joints? Their brains?
A: No. It makes the hands stronger.

Q: Did you know that YouTube took the video down because it was in violation of their policy on "shocking and disgusting" content? What is your response to that?
A: Did they notice that the babies aren't crying--they're even laughing--and that this system has been used for over thirty years in Russia and the children are all alive and healthy? If you need more proof, the best thing is to come see us.

Q: Have you heard from people who are upset about the video?
A: Everybody in Dahab is satisfied. What's more, a British film crew made a documentary about us, and interviewed the parents.

Q: At the end of your video, it looks like you're trying to get the two-week-old baby to walk. Is mobility the goal of your baby yoga?
A: Yes, more mobility, and other goals. First off, more trained skills. Second, more freedom. Third, independence. We learn from nature and teach our offspring to survive. Come to Dahab; we'll be glad to show our classes and our children."

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Stephanie - posted on 01/24/2011




This is just so wrong.. This little baby is tossed aorund lika a dog toy.. Its a real baby not a toy. She is crazy, thats for sure..

Claire - posted on 01/23/2011




That just made me feel physically ill! I couldn't even watch the whole video. Nothing is wrong with my kids and I let them gain their strength the natural way...let children be children....

Nadia - posted on 01/23/2011




I feel sick watching that. What's wrong with letting children 'become stronger' naturally? Anything could happen to those children and the only one's who would suffer would be them. All because the parent's couldn't exercise patience or common sense. Ridiculous! . . . I hope no-one who has ever watched this video, takes it upon themselves to give it a try.

Nadia - posted on 01/21/2011




i can't even bring myself to watch the video... the only thing i can think is SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME?!?!?! hell, half the time i'm scared of rocking my baby to sleep cuz i don't want to jostle her brains around!!!

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I am horrified by this, that baby doesn't look to be enjoying it and we can't hear if it is distressed due to the shit music over the top. As others have said I was watching it thinking what about shaken baby syndrome and what about damagaing the babies limbs, neck etc.

Sherri - posted on 01/21/2011




All I can say is shaken baby syndrome and this woman should be brought up on charges for child abuse. I don't think any video ever has horrified me the way this one did.

Minnie - posted on 01/21/2011




What a friggin idiot.

A two week old's job is to nurse and to be snuggled between mother's breasts.

I seriously refuse to even watch such a video, just from the still that's up there posted.

Brenda - posted on 01/21/2011




Hmm...you can't hear the child's response to her swinging, only you can see the child's startle reflex going into overdrive, especially when swung around by the ankles. Crazy! Not buying it one bit.

Tracy - posted on 01/21/2011




I wouldn't let her baby sit my kids. I'd like to have her muscle tone, though..... Without the baby swinging, of course.

Bonnie - posted on 01/21/2011




I saw this video before a number of times and every time I was disgusted and shook my head in disbelief. You are suppose to be gentle with babies and protect their head not toss them around. As Amanda pointed out, shaken baby syndrome is the first thing that came to my mind.

Jodi - posted on 01/21/2011




Ummm...If you've never had to call the doctor because someone accidentally dislocated your child's shoulder and they give you instruction on how to pop it back into socket yourself, then maybe this doesn't seem so bad. But, I've been there and this is just...I don't even know what. Maybe she's "trained" in baby swinging, either way I'll take my chances and NOT be signing any of my kids up.

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