London: A survey has found that young Britons are totally clueless when it comes to childbirth.
The survey found that more than 20 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds thought a pregnancy lasted a year, while 10 percent believed eating red meat influenced the sex of a baby and half expected a baby to walk and talk within its first year.
It also found that 20 percent of the childless respondents thought the umbilical cord was a musical note, and 27 percent admitted they would consider genetic engineering if it meant a better-looking baby.
And where the true cost of raising a baby was concerned, about 70 percent had no idea what it would take.
A third of the respondents believe that 1,000 pounds would be adequate to cover equipment, food, clothes and toys for a baby’s first year when the latest studies suggest it is about nine times higher.
“The study would suggest that young British adults have a lot of faith in the speed of evolution, with babies walking and talking in their first year,” the Daily Express quoted relationship expert Tracey Cox as saying.
“On a more serious note, given the amount of information available around this subject both at school, amongst peers and from families themselves, it’s astonishing how innocent and gullible young adults are on the subject of babies, parenting and childbirth,” she said.
The survey of 2,000 people was commissioned to mark the release of the romantic comedy ‘Life As We Know It’.