“It is great idea to celebrate parenthood and I will also plan same for my baby,” said Natasha Sinha, a would-be mother. “I think it is only for celebs, as Indian mothers are too shy to celebrate these parties. I have never seen events like Baby Shower in our middle class culture,’ said Vinny Dua, fashion designer with Rockstar store in Zurich, Switzerland.
With all family members and friends gathered around, the pregnant women pick the hottest ways to tell their loved ones sex of their babies. YouTube hosts thousands of videos of pregnant women cutting gender-revealing cakes. In the US, technicians who conduct the scans maintain a note of the baby’s sex in an envelope which is then given directly to the baker without the notice of parents. Everyone gets same surprise when the cake is cut. The cake shops at renowned hotels are catering to the trend.
“The people will slowly catch this fashion but it is all against our laws because sex-determination of baby is offence, may be fun for others,’ said Dr. Hemant Sirohi, clinical professional from Calicut. “These parties will make matters worse, after hosting these parties people on social media will go mad on our culture and celebs will be hit badly,” added Dr. Sirohi.
Baby’s gender reveal parties are different from baby shower, which is usually for women. Blogs and magazines have labelled these parties anything from egotistic to delightful. Is middle class Indian ready for it? “I think even celebs will not disclose their baby’s sex. Aishwarya Rai and Lara Dutt still have not released their baby’s picture in media, how can others do so?” concluded Dr. Sirohi.